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Nurse education
Student nurses’ gender role is a predictor of caring behaviours and critical thinking
  1. Joanna Harrison
  1. Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, UK
  1. Correspondence to Joanna Harrison, University of Central Lancashire, Preston PR1 2HE, UK; jharrison12{at}

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Commentary on: Liu N-Y, Hsu W-Y, Hung C-A, et al. The effect of gender role orientation on student nurses' caring behaviour and critical thinking. Int J Nurs Stud 2019;89:18–23.

Implications for practice and research

  • Gender role orientation (masculine or feminine traits) rather than sex is a predictor for determining caring behaviour and critical thinking skills among student nurses.

  • Student nurses’ caring behaviour should be emphasised to cultivate students’ critical thinking skills.


Previous research on the relationship between nurses’ gender and perceptions of caring behaviours or critical thinking is inconsistent. Research has shown that gender does not significantly influence caring behaviour1 or critical thinking.2 However, earlier research did show a correlation between caring traits and gender.3 Furthermore, presentation of caring behaviour has been shown to predict critical thinking.4 5

The aim of the study6 was to clarify the relationship between gender role …

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