Critical Thinking Diagnostic

Nursing leaders can analyze results of the Critical Thinking Diagnostic to uncover specific competencies on which frontline nurses excel, as well as those in need of improvement. The Critical Thinking Diagnostic also enables nursing leaders to identify the specific individuals—or key groups—in greatest need of improvement.


Individuals such as educators, preceptors, or managers—who work on a regular basis with the staff you wish to have assessed—serve as assessors. Designated assessors should already be regarded as strong critical thinkers as the assessments are based on their perceptions of staff members’ critical thinking.

Instructions for using the Critical Thinking Diagnostic

Step 1: Download and read the Overview of Critical Thinking Diagnostic Implementation Steps. This resource provides a high-level overview of the steps required to deploy the Critical Thinking Diagnostic.

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Step 3: Download and complete the Critical Thinking Implementation Checklist. This resource will help you plan the implementation of the Critical Thinking Diagnostic at your organization.

Step 4: After you have completed steps 1-3, you will be ready to deploy the Critical Thinking Diagnostic by clicking the button below.

Step 5: Review the Critical Thinking Implementation Guide: Resources for Assessors. This booklet is designed expressly for designated Critical Thinking Diagnostic assessors. You can also access a Critical Thinking Development Plan Template.

Step 6: Act on the Critical Thinking Diagnostic results. Access the Center’s turn-key solutions, including the Critical Thinking Toolkit and Elevating Frontline Critical Thinking publications.

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