The influence of patient complexity and nurses` experience on haemodynamic decision-making following cardiac surgery

Currey, Judy and Botti, Mari 2006, The influence of patient complexity and nurses` experience on haemodynamic decision-making following cardiac surgery, Intensive and critical care nursing, vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 194-205.

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Title The influence of patient complexity and nurses` experience on haemodynamic decision-making following cardiac surgery
Author(s) Currey, Judy
Botti, Mari
Journal name Intensive and critical care nursing
Volume number 22
Issue number 4
Start page 194
End page 205
Publisher Churchill Livingstone
Place of publication Edinburgh, Scotland
Publication date 2006-08
ISSN 0964-3397
Keyword(s) decision-making
haemodynamic phenomena
professional development
experience
evidence-based practice
Summary Critical care nurses’ haemodynamic decision-making in the immediate postoperative cardiac surgical context is complex. To optimise patient outcomes, nurses of varying levels of experience are required to make complex decisions rapidly and accurately. In a dynamic clinical context such as critical care, the quality of such decision-making is likely to vary considerably. The aim of this study was to describe variability of nurses’ haemodynamic decision-making in the 2-hour period after cardiac surgery as a function of interplay between decision complexity, nurses’ levels of experience, and the support provided. A descriptive study based on naturalistic decision-making was used. Data were collected using continuous non-participant observation of clinical practice for a 2-hour period and follow-up interview. Purposive sampling was used to recruit 38 nurses for inclusion in the study. The quality of nurses’ decision-making was influenced by interplay between the complexity of patients’ haemodynamic presentations, nurses’ levels of cardiac surgical intensive care experience, and the form of decision support provided by nursing colleagues. Two factors specifically influenced decision-making quality: nurses’ utilisation of evidence for practice and the experience levels of both nurses and their colleagues. The findings have implications for staff resourcing decisions and postoperative patient management, and may be used to inform nurses’ professional development and education.
Notes Available online 24 March 2006.
Language eng
Field of Research 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2005, Elsevier Ltd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30003961

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