Problem solving in nursing practice: application, process, skill acquisition and measurement


Julia D Roberts Lecturer in Nursing Studies, King's College, University of London Comwall House Annex, Waterlov Road, London SE1 8TX, England


This paper analyses the role of problem solving in nursing practice including the process, acquisition and measurement of problem-solving skills It is argued that while problem-solving ability is acknowledged as critical if today's nurse practitioner is to maintain effective clinical practice, to date it retains a marginal place in nurse education curricula Further, it has attracted limited empirical study Such an omission, it is argued, requires urgent redress if the nursing profession is to meet effectively the challenges of the next decade and beyond