(Answered) NR536 Week 3: Developing Critical Thinking Questions

The Developing Critical Thinking Questions assignment is due on Sunday of Week 3 at 11:59 p.m. MT. The guidelines and rubric are listed below, as well as in the downloadable document.

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Developing Critical Thinking Questions Template (Links to an external site.)


This assignment provides the student with the opportunity to select a concept and then develop questions that will foster critical thinking and clinical decision making in future learners. Each of the questions must demonstrate the Socratic format. By having a question in each of the areas of pathophysiology, pharmacology, and physical assessment, the student will review content related to the selected concept.

Course Outcomes

Through this assignment, the student will demonstrate the ability to do the following.

CO 1: Synthesize educational theories and knowledge from nursing and health sciences to foster experiential learning strategies and positive healthcare outcomes. (PO 1)

CO 2: Integrate pathophysiologic mechanisms with advanced assessment and pharmacologic concepts to maximize holistic, person-centered outcomes in complex disease states. (POs 1, 2, 3, 5)

CO 4: Employ a spirit of inquiry to foster professional development to facilitate the achievement of educational outcomes. (PO 3)

CO 6: Promote positive health and education outcomes by fostering the use of evidenced-based and interprofessional strategies in experiential settings. (PO 5)

Due Date: Sunday 11:59 p.m. MT at the end of Week 3

Students are given the opportunity to request an extension on assignments for emergent situations. Supporting documentation must be submitted to the assigned faculty. If the student’s request is not approved, the assignment is graded and a late penalty is applied as follows:

  • Monday = 10% of total possible point reduction
  • Tuesday = 20% of total possible point reduction
  • Wednesday = 30% of total possible point reduction

If the student’s request is approved, the student will be informed of the revised due date. Should the student fail to meet the revised due date, the assignment is graded and a late penalty is applied as follows:

  • Monday = 10% of total possible point reduction
  • Tuesday = 20% of total possible point reduction
  • Wednesday = 30% of total possible point reduction

Total Points Possible: 170 points


Description of the Assignment

This assignment requires the student to develop a learning activity that fosters critical thinking in future learners. For each of the identified areas, the student will develop a question that applies information from pathophysiology, pharmacology, and physical assessment.

Criteria for Content

  1. Select a concept: From the required textbook (Giddens, 2017), select ONE concept from any of the following units.
  • Homeostasis and Regulation
  • Sexuality and Reproduction
  • Protection and Movement
  • Resilience
  1. Select a learner type: From the list below, select a type of learner. A description of the learner is required.
    1. Nursing student enrolled in a pre-licensure program; need to identify where the student is in the curriculum
    2. Staff nurse working in a healthcare facility; need to identify range for years of experience and type of healthcare facility (i.e., hospital, clinic, public health department, etc.)
  2. Using the provided template while considering the selected concept and learner type, complete the following.
    1. Develop a very brief (no more than three sentences) healthcare scenario consistent with the selected concept
    2. Develop a Socratic-style question useful for the selected learner type related to the following.
      1. Pathophysiology
      2. Pharmacology
      3. Physical assessment
    3. A question for each of the above areas is required for the following.
      1. Problem recognition
      2. Clinical decision making
      3. Prioritization
      4. Clinical intervention
  3. All questions must demonstrate Socratic question format/style.
  4. An answer for each question must be provided. The brief answer accurately reflects and applies information related to each of the appropriate headings (pathophysiology, pharmacology, physical assessment) for the category (problem recognition, clinical decision making, prioritization, clinical intervention). References for the answer must be provided.

Preparing the Assignment

Criteria for Format and Special Instructions

  1. The paper must use the template provided in Course Resources.
  2. Information related to pathophysiology and physical assessment may come from Giddens (2017) with correct APA format citing.
  3. Information related to pharmacology will need to come from current resources; none over five years.
  4. The paper (excluding the title page and reference page) should be no longer than three pages. Points will be lost for not meeting these length requirements.
  5. Title page and reference page must follow APA guidelines as found in the current edition of the manual.
  6. Rules of grammar, spelling, word usage, and punctuation are followed and consistent with formal, scientific writing.


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