Clinical Decision-making Among Nursing Students: An Interpretive Study
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Repository Posting Date2019-05-14T14:37:59Z
Author(s)White, Ann Hanson
Author DetailsAnn H. White, RN, PhD, MBA, NE-BC
Lead Author Sigma AffliationOmicron Psi
Level of EvidencePhenomenology
Research ApproachQualitative Research
Clinical decision making has been identified as one of the most important contributions made by the professional nurse in the care of patients. Yet as a discipline, we continue to question what factors influence the development of clinical decision making skills. The purpose of this study was to identify how nursing students learn clinical decision making. Heideggerian phenomenology and hermeneutical analysis provided the framework and method for the study. A convenience sample of 17 senior nursing students, 16 females and 1 male, participated in this study. All students were completing their last semester of baccalaureate nursing courses. Fifteen of the students had no previous experience working in the health care environment prior to enrollment in this nursing program. Sixteen students were of European-American descent with one student of African-American descent. Data were generated through individual interviews that were transcribed verbatim and analyzed using the constant comparative method. Five themes associated with learning clinical decision making were identified: gaining confidence in skills, building a relationship with staff, connecting with the patient, gaining comfort with self as a nurse, and coming to understanding the clinical picture. A beginning graphic depiction of the relationship of the five emergent themes with learning clinical decision making among nursing students was proposed. Implications for nursing practice, education and research were identified. Based upon findings, recommendations for changing the current teaching strategies for nursing students were proposed. Recommendations for future nursing research on how nursing students learn clinical decision making were also identified.
DescriptionThis dissertation has also been disseminated through the ProQuest Dissertations and Theses database. Dissertation/thesis number: 9911565; ProQuest document ID: 304432170. The author still retains copyright.
Degree GrantorGeorgia State University
NotesThis item has not gone through this repository's peer-review process, but has been accepted by the indicated university or college in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the specified degree.
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