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Essential Decision Making and Clinical Judgement for Nurses

This book provides the skills and knowledge to use information effectively when exercising professional judgement and clinical decisions. By integrating theory with practical examples, it provides an overview of the key issues facing nurses in decision making today.

Qualified nurses, advanced practitioners (clinical nurse specialists, nurse practitoners, nurse practitioners), nurse educators, and nurses engaged in post-basic education, continuing professional development.


Published: July 2009

Imprint: Churchill Livingstone

ISBN: 978-0-7020-4252-2


  • 1 Introduction

    2 Uncertainty and nursing

    3 Probability - the language of uncertainty

    4 Using information in decision making

    5 Theoretical approaches

    6 What is a ‘good’ judgement or decision?

    7 When decision making goes wrong

    8 Avoiding errors

    9 Diagnosis for nurses

    10 Prognosis in nursing

    11 Evidence-based decisions - the role of decision analysis

    12 The economics of clinical decision making

    13 Involving patients in decision making

    14 Communicating risks and benefits

    15 Teaching clinical decision making and judgement


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