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Observations, confirmations and strategies: useful tools in decision-making process for nurses in practice?
Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ, Dep. of Nursing Science. Jönköping University, School of Health Science, HHJ. Quality improvements, innovations and leadership in health care and social work.
2003 (English)In: Journal of Clinical Nursing, ISSN 0962-1067, E-ISSN 1365-2702, Vol. 12, no 2, p. 215-222Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of the study was to describe how nurses make decisions on measures in clinical practice. The data-collection method consisted of audio-taped interviews with six nurses. The interviews were then transcribed verbatim. The questions in the interviews were based on nursing situations observed earlier when the nurses initiated and implemented patient-related measures and the focus was on the nurses' experience of decision making. A content analysis was performed. The results show that the nurses' decisions on measures were based on three themes: observation of cues related to the patient's situation, confirmation of information gathered and implementation of action strategies. The results are discussed in relation to earlier empirical research on decision-making activities in the nurse's clinical practice and the nurse's utilization of knowledge during the decision-making process. It is concluded that the nurse's awareness of the patient's situation, together with a well-founded basis for decisions, can have positive effects on the nursing care provided by the nurse.

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2003. Vol. 12, no 2, p. 215-222
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Cues, Decision Making, Health Knowledge; Attitudes; Practice, Humans, Interviews, Nurses/*psychology, Nursing Care, Nursing Methodology Research, Nursing Process, Observation
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-1741PubMedID: 12603553OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-1741DiVA, id: diva2:32561
Available from: 2008-07-08 Created: 2008-07-08 Last updated: 2017-12-12Bibliographically approved

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