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Evaluating the Clinical Judgment of Prelicensure Nursing Students in the Clinical Setting

Manetti, Wendy, PhD, RN, CRNP

doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000489
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Assessing clinical judgment for safe nursing practice is a challenge. In this study, the Lasater Clinical Judgment Rubric (LCJR) was used to evaluate clinical judgment of junior and senior nursing students in the clinical setting. Juniors demonstrated an accomplished level on the total scale and all 4 subscales, whereas seniors had exemplary clinical judgment on the total scale and 3 of 4 subscales. The study provides evidence in support of the use of the LCJR to assess students’ clinical judgment in the clinical practice setting.

Author Affiliation: Assistant Professor, Department of Nursing, University of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

The author was a participant in the 2017 NLN Scholarly Writing Retreat Sponsored by the NLN Chamberlain College of Nursing Center for the Advancement of Nursing Education.

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Dr Manetti, Department of Nursing, University of Scranton, 800 Linden St, Scranton, PA 18510-4595 (

Accepted for publication: October 16, 2017

Published ahead of print: December 13, 2017

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