Top 10 Strategies for Building Clinical Reasoning Skills

Preparing students to become competent, confident nurses requires far more than helping them master facts and information. They need learning experiences that teach them to think on their feet and use their clinical reasoning skills to make sound clinical decisions in the midst of conflicting priorities.

Discover the best ways to build clinical reasoning skills in your students:

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Prioritize. Apply. Repeat. Based on the theory of deliberate practice, vSim® for Nursing gives students the opportunity to practice skills repeatedly until they reach their target level of mastery.

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Use formative assessment. Gain insights into your students’ performance and make just-in-time course revisions with vSim’s pre- and post-simulation quizzes and personalized feedback logs that identify each student’s prioritization and clinical reasoning abilities.

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Work around clinical shortages. Many facilities report a shortage of clinical sites where nursing students can practice. vSim’s simulations allow students to gain vital, patient-centered experiences anywhere, anytime.

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Personalize the experience. vSim scenarios allow each student to walk through a different experience with the same patient, enhancing their skills through personal feedback logs that outline their decisions.

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Tell a story. vSim’s virtual simulations engage students in the evolving clinical stories of patient encounters, increasing recall and transfer of learning through visual, auditory, and other narrative pedagogy cues.

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Maximize manikin-based simulations. Students encounter the same patients in both vSim® for Nursing virtual simulations and Laerdal® Medical manikin-based patient simulators, allowing them to refine their prioritization and clinical decision-making skills before or after practicing their psychomotor skills in the sim lab.

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Apply real-world, evidence-based scenarios. The NLN has endorsed each vSim scenario as portraying critical knowledge areas for nursing students. Throughout the simulation experience, personalized remediation links take students to the same evidence-based resources used by practicing nurses every day in Lippincott Advisor for Education.

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Flip the classroom and the sim lab. By assigning activities in vSim before your students come to class or lab, you can assess the depth of each student’s understanding and level of clinical judgment skills ahead of time. This allows you to maximize class and lab time to better prepare your students for clinical practice.

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Teach cause and effect. While vSim represents a range of what students can expect to see in clinical settings, the fidelity of the simulations is enhanced by the interaction and degree to which students must accurately prioritize and reason through the scenarios. Students are able to experience and understand the consequences of their decisions.

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Integrate throughout the curriculum. With realistic scenarios for the full range of patient types, from pediatric to geriatric and everything in between, vSim® for Nursing ensures your students will be exposed to the wide range of clinical situations requiring complex decision-making and reasoning that they will encounter in practice.

Find out more about how vSim® for Nursing, which is integrated into Lippincott CoursePoint+,
can help build clinical reasoning skills in your students!