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8th Edition of Nursing World Conference

October 17-19, 2024 | Baltimore, USA

October 17 -19, 2024 | Baltimore, USA
NWC 2023

Jennifer Ferguson

Speaker at Nursing Conferences - Jennifer Ferguson
MidAmerica Nazarene University, United States
Title : Exploring AI in the classroom to foster critical thinking


The recent advancement of artificial intelligence (AI) offers new possibilities for enhancing clinical judgment skills in nursing education. This presentation will discuss innovative assignments and approaches that integrates AI, specifically ChatGPT, into nursing curricula to foster critical thinking abilities among nursing students. The focus is on utilizing AI/ChatGPT as a tool for exploring complex case studies, promoting analysis of diverse perspectives, and facilitating informed decision-making.

This presentation will highlight the benefits of utilizing AI-assisted clinical decision-making in nursing education.  The presentation will review the outcomes of in-class activities used during the 2023 academic year. Students were asked to engage in thought-provoking conversations with an AI interface regarding complex case studies, enabling them to develop critical thinking skills within the context of nursing practice.

It explores the role of AI in gaining access to vast amounts of healthcare information, while emphasizing the importance of human expertise in the interpretation and application of AI-generated responses.

The presentation also examines the impact of AI on students' critical thinking abilities, emphasizing the development of skills such as problem-solving, evaluation of evidence, and collaborative decision-making. Students will learn about enhanced clinical reasoning, improved analytical skills, and increased confidence in making evidence-based decisions.

In summary, this presentation advocates for the integration of AI-assisted clinical decision-making as a means to enhance critical thinking in nursing education. By embracing this innovative approach, nursing educators can prepare the next generation of nurses to excel in complex healthcare environments.

Audience Take Away Notes:

  • Strategies to implement activities to build critical thinking through the use of AI.
  • Recognize the importance of human expertise in the interpretation and application of AI-generated responses.
  • Analyze the impact of AI on students' critical thinking skills in nursing education


Jennifer Ferguson currently serves as an Associate Professor of Nursing at MidAmerica Nazarene University. She has over 20 years of clinical practice experience with 15 years in nursing education. Her areas of expertise include medical/surgical, education, critical care, leadership nursing, and medical simulation. She completed her DNP with a specialization in leadership.