Interpretive Ability on Common Haematological Tests and critical thinking ability among B.Sc Nursing students

Authors

  • Norine Veera Mendonca
  • Latha T
  • Manjula

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v15i2.14857

Keywords:

Nursing care, Nursing students, Baccalaureate Nursing Education, hematological tests, thinking

Abstract

Introduction: Initiation of patient management and prediction of patient prognosis depend on investigation
reports. Interpretive ability of common blood investigations demands high level of critical thinking and it
is a less focused in nursing education. Therefore, this study aimed at identifying the relationship between
interpretive ability of common hematological tests and critical thinking ability among nursing students.
Methods: The study design adopted was cross sectional descriptive survey. It was conducted among 140
nursing students studying in third and fourth year of Bachelor of Science (B. Sc.) nursing. The data was
collected using demographic tool, interpretive exercises and Yoon’s Critical Thinking Disposition. Results:
The median of interpretive ability score on common blood investigations was 13 (IQR – 11, 14). The mean
critical thinking score of nursing students was 96 (SD 9.5). Analysis of the relationship between interpretive
ability on common blood investigations and critical thinking ability revealed a weak positive correlation which
was statistically not significant (r=0.141, p=0.096). There was a significant relationship between interpretive
ability and intellectual eagerness (r=0.181, p=0.032) and intellectual fairness (r=0.174, p=0.039). There
was a significant association between interpretive ability and academic performance of the students in the
university examinations (F=4.5, p=0.012). Interpretive exercises stimulate critical thinking among students.
Conclusion: The students with high intellectual curiosity and intellectual fairness have good interpretive
ability, and good academic performance improves ability to interpret common haematological tests.

Author Biographies

Norine Veera Mendonca

M.Sc. Nursing student, Manipal College of Nursing Manipal, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal,
India

Latha T

Assistant Professor – Senior Scale, Department of Medical Surgical Nursing, Manipal College of Nursing
Manipal, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, India

Manjula

Assistant Professor, Department of Community
Health Nursing, Manipal College of Nursing Manipal, Manipal Academy of Higher Education, Manipal, India

Published

2021-03-24

How to Cite

Norine Veera Mendonca, Latha T, & Manjula. (2021). Interpretive Ability on Common Haematological Tests and critical thinking ability among B.Sc Nursing students . Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology, 15(2), 3174-3179. https://doi.org/10.37506/ijfmt.v15i2.14857