Critical care nurses' decision-making activities in the natural clinical setting

Bucknall, Tracey 2000, Critical care nurses' decision-making activities in the natural clinical setting, Journal of clinical nursing, vol. 9, no. 1, pp. 25-36, doi: 10.1046/j.1365-2702.2000.00333.x.

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Title Critical care nurses' decision-making activities in the natural clinical setting
Author(s) Bucknall, TraceyORCID iD for Bucknall, Tracey
Journal name Journal of clinical nursing
Volume number 9
Issue number 1
Start page 25
End page 36
Total pages 12
Publisher Blackwell Scientific
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2000-01
ISSN 0962-1067
Keyword(s) clinical decision-making
content analyses
critical care nurse
decision-making activities
decision-making influences
Summary • This article reports on observation of 18 nurses in urban and rural based critical care settings.

• The purpose of the study was to observe and describe the decision-making activities of critical care nurses within natural clinical settings.

• During the 2-hour observation, the researcher dictated a detailed commentary on to audio-tape of each nurse's actions. Tapes were transcribed and subjected to content analysis.

• Findings indicated three main categories of decisions. Decision frequencies were linked to nurses' critical care experience, appointment level, and location, as well as nursing shifts.

• The findings are discussed in relation to previous empirical evidence and the implications for practice.

• The author concludes that future research should be directed towards measuring the contextual influences on nurses' decision-making on the outcome of patient care.
Language eng
DOI 10.1046/j.1365-2702.2000.00333.x
Field of Research 111003 Clinical Nursing: Secondary (Acute Care)
Socio Economic Objective 920210 Nursing
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2000, Blackwell Science Ltd
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