A Model to Describe the Relationship Between Knowledge, Skill, and Judgment in Nursing Practice


  • Robin J. Evans, BScN, MSA, PhD(c), PNC(C), and Glenn W. Donnelly, BScN, MN, PhD, ENC(C), are Assistant Professors, College of Nursing, University of Saskatchewan, Canada.

Author contact: robin.evans@usask.ca, with a copy to the Editor: cooperconsulting@socal.rr


This paper explores the relationship between knowledge, skill, and judgment and proposes a model to describe that relationship. Through illustration of the components and interrelationships within this model one can more clearly understand the nature of nursing work. Drawing on Benner's work on novice to expert, the model shows the interrelationship and the evolution of knowledge, skill, and judgment in a nurse's practice.