Essential Decision Making and Clinical Judgement for Nurses


  • Carl Thompson, BSc(Hons), PhD, RN, Professor (Personal Chair), Department of Health Sciences, University of York, York, UK Senior Lecturer
  • Dawn Dowding, BSc(Hons) PhD RN, Professor of Applied Health Research School of Health Care University of Leeds Leeds, UK

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


Book information

  • Published: July 2009
  • ISBN: 978-0-7020-4252-2

Table of Contents

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