The psychiatric professional nurse will encounter different client with uniquely different types of health care problems. What is common to all clinical situations is the nurse’s ability to think critically, so that the client ultimately receives the very best in nursing care. Critical thinking can not be learned overnight. It is a process that can only be acquired through hard work commitment, and an active curiosity toward learning. Thinking and learning are interrelated lifelong process, the person should be more a ward and skilled in thinking, the knowledge and practical experiences gained help individuals to broaden their ability to make thoughtful observations and judgments. This work aimed at 1-assessing the student’s ability to incorporate critical thinking in application of nursing process with psychiatric ptient.2-assessing the effect of training program on the student’s ability to incorporate critical thinking in nursing process.3- according develop, implement and evaluate the educational training program to help student to be more competent in application of critical thinking in the nursing process and improve their critical thinking. Aquasi experimental design was utilized. The study included all psychiatric nursing students at faculty of nursing Benha university (85) students. Data was collected through using following tools 1- critical thinking disposition inventory before and after the program .2- questionnaire sheet to assess knowledge and concept about critical thinking and it's relation to nursing process before and after the program.3- clinical performance competence tool before and after the program to assess the student competence in planning, implement and evaluation of nursing process incorporating critical thinking.
The main findings were improvement in student knowledge about critical thinking skills and it’s relation to nursing process after implement the educational program. According to critical thinking dispositional inventory, after the program implemented there was significant improvement at total score of scale with study group at positive disposition toward critical thinking. According to clinical performance of nursing care plan, the result showed that significant improvement in performance nursing care plan among study group after implementing the program. The study recommended that: Critical thinking as a process involved in the learning process, should be integrated in psychiatric nursing curriculum.