Loucine M. Huckabay, RN, PNP, PhD, FAAN, is Professor and Director, Department of Nursing, California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA.
Clinical Reasoned Judgment and the Nursing Process
Article first published online: 15 MAY 2009
© (2009), The Author. Journal Compilation © (2009), Wiley Periodicals, Inc
Volume 44, Issue 2, pages 72–78, April 2009
How to Cite
Huckabay, L. M. (2009), Clinical Reasoned Judgment and the Nursing Process. Nursing Forum, 44: 72–78. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6198.2009.00130.x
- Issue published online: 15 MAY 2009
- Article first published online: 15 MAY 2009
- Critical thinking;
- clinical decision-making;
- nursing process;
- reasoned judgment
Every nursing school student is taught the nursing process as a systematic framework for processing patient information to make clinical decisions. This article provides a model for integrating a conceptual model of critical thinking into the nursing process, with the goal of enabling nurses to think critically, reason accurately, and make appropriate clinical decisions about their patients. Eight elements of critical thinking provide the universal structure of thought processes: clarity, accuracy, precision, relevance, depth, breadth, and logic. The model provides nurses with a practical approach for making effective clinical decisions.