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Clinical Judgement and Decision Making for Nursing Students
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Clinical Judgement and Decision Making for Nursing Students



May 2011 | 208 pages | Learning Matters
Clinical decision making is now recognised as an indispensable facet of professional nursing care. It is essential that students develop sound decision making skills in order to deal with the challenges they will encounter as registered nurses. This book enables pre-registration nursing students to understand, develop and apply these skills in order to practise safely and effectively. The structure of the book helps the student progress in effective decision making right from the first to final year of their programme. The book links theory to previous students' experiences and clinical scenarios to show how to use these skills in practice.

Mooi Standing is an Independent Academic Consultant (UK and International) & Accredited NMC Reviewer. She leads on curriculum development, quality review and enhancement of theoretical and practice-based learning in nursing and allied health programmes for Universities across UK and Internationally. She also manages the development of collaborative international partnerships on educational programmes between UK higher education institutions and Asia.

 
Introduction
 
What Is Clinical Judgement and Decision-Making in Nursing?
 
Collaborative Clinical Decision-Making
 
Using Observation to Inform Decisions
 
Systematic Clinical Decision-Making
 
Standardized Clinical Decision-Making
 
Prioritizing Decisions in Delivering Care
 
Experience and Intuition in Decision-Making
 
Reflective Judgement and Decision-Making
 
Ethical Sensitivity in Decision-Making
 
Accountability for Nursing Decisions
 
Confidence in Clinical Decision-Making
 
Glossary
 
References
 
Index

'[The author] provides a detailed insight into the decisions made throughout clinical practice. She also looks at the observations that inform clinical practice and approaches to decision making that take the patients' needs into account. This book will help students to understand accountability and to justify their decisions...[It also] addresses the Nursing and Midwifery's Council's pre-registration standards of competencies and the essential study skills clusters needed to deliver safe, effective nursing care' - 4 star review
Nursing Standard


This book clearly links the topics discussed with the NMC standards for pre registration studnets and as such allows the students to see the relevence to their role and responsibilites. Each chapter follows a logical flow from what is clinical judgement and decision making to confidence in decision making.The chapters all have additional case studies and scenarios for students to explore as well as activites for students to use to further devleop and enhance their learning
Lynn Dracup
Northumbria University


A very useful text for students in their final placement. There are very few books that really look at decision making in such a logical and comprehensive manner. The book is clearly laid out and I liked the activities and case studies.
Christine Howe
University of Hull


As with the rest of the series this is a very informative and inviting text for nursing students. The layout of the chapters, NMC Standards and ESC and chapter aims are excellent. The case studies and activities are valuable teaching aids.
Marguerita Leyden
University of Salford


i felt this gave an interesting insight to the student nurses in addressing how to make a descion..

Miss Rachel Hart
School of Nursing & Midwifery Studies, Cardiff University
November 27, 2014

Although written with preregistration nursing students as the main audience, this is a useful reference book for post-qualifying students who are looking more in depth at issues around clinical judgement and decision making.

Miss Tara Meredith
School of Nursing and Midwifery, Keele University
May 13, 2014

with the new 2010 NMC (2010) pre-registration curriculum this fits perfectly with all the four domains of leadership, communication, nursing practice and professional values

Mrs Karen Wild
Nursing , Keele University
March 19, 2014

This is for that 1st year students that has enquirying mind from the onset. Better suited to 2nd and 3rd year adult nursing students. So have added to my reading list for the Care of the Adult patient module in the 2nd year.

Ms Chioma Onyedinma-Ndubueze
Adult Nursing, London South Bank University
November 25, 2013

A good book that covers a variety of decisions made by nurses and how they relate to the NMC. Easy to read and uses case studies to enhance learning.

Mrs Sue Cresswell
Faculty of Health & Life Sciences, Coventry University
April 15, 2013

Although intended for preregistration students, this book is relevant to post reg students also. Very simple basic book covering all main points and activities to consider learning throughout.

Mrs Lynn Swift
Sch of Health,Community & Educ Studies, Northumbria University
February 22, 2013

A very useful introductory text that gives students valuable insight into clinical decision-making. The case studies and exercises are useful teaching aids.

Sam Rogers
Nursing, Manchester University
November 22, 2012

This text gives student nurses a valuable insight into decision making in clinical practice. There are plenty of useful exercises in the book that allow the students to explore their own experiences demonstrating how many of the skills in decision making are transferable from every day life into nursing. The book also contains a very useful mapping of skills and competencies for student nurses against the essentail skills clusters and the NMC Code allowing students to understand what is expected of them at each stage of their course.

Ms Deborah Taylor
Nursing, University of West London
November 2, 2012

Has been useful for students in primary care to formalise some of the judgements they make during the assessment procedures.

Mrs Gina Newbury
School of Nursing & Midwifery Studies, Cardiff University
October 26, 2012

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Mooi Standing

Dr Mooi Standing is an independent academic nursing consultant with over 40 years’ experience that includes: (i) practising mental health and adult nursing in a range of hospital and community settings; (ii) lecturing pre-registration and post-registration nursing students from certificate to Master’s level and presenting scholarly papers at international nursing conferences; (iii) researching how nurses develop clinical decision-making skills and publishing articles, books and chapters on this topic for nursing students, registered nurses and advanced practitioners; and (iv) providing external consultancy in curriculum development... More About Author

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