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Technology-Based Strategies for Promoting Clinical Reasoning Skills in Nursing Education

Shellenbarger, Teresa PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF; Robb, Meigan PhD, RN

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000111
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Faculty face the demand of preparing nursing students for the constantly changing health care environment. Effective use of online, classroom, and clinical conferencing opportunities helps to enhance nursing students’ clinical reasoning capabilities needed for practice. The growth of technology creates an avenue for faculty to develop engaging learning opportunities. This article presents technology-based strategies such as electronic concept mapping, electronic case histories, and digital storytelling that can be used to facilitate clinical reasoning skills.

Author Affiliations: Professor (Dr Shellenbarger), Department of Nursing and Allied Health Professions, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; and Assistant Professor (Dr Robb), Department of Nursing, Chatham University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Shellenbarger, 1010 Oakland Ave, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA 15705 (

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Accepted for publication: October 4, 2014

Published ahead of print: November 14, 2014

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