Healthcare Employees/Individual Contributors/Members/Adults
The purpose of this study was to explore the relationship between nursing
experience and critical thinking and leadership skills of first degree APN
graduate nursing students compared to accelerated second degree APN
graduate nursing students.
The population were all graduate APN students (N=160) in their last year of study, further divided into two groups: first degree APN
graduate nursing students and accelerated second degree APN graduate nursing students, and 99 (61%) completed all three
instruments: the Leadership Practices Inventory, the WGCTA Form S (Watson-Glaser Critical Thinking Appraisal), and the Nurse
Practitioner Profile Demographic. Participants were female (93%), on average 36 years of age, with an average of 8.4 years of nursing
There was a direct correlation between nursing years of experience and Enable Others to Act and Challenge the Process. Those with
non-nursing educations scored significantly higher on Challenge, Inspire, and Transformational Leadership (combined scores from all
five leadership practices).