Defining the expert ICU nurse

Christensen, Martin & Hewitt-Taylor, Jaqui (2006) Defining the expert ICU nurse. Intensive and Critical Care Nursing, 22(5), pp. 301-307.

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Abstract

This paper explores the concept of expertise in intensive care nursing practice from the perspective of its relationship to the current driving forces in healthcare. It discusses the potential barriers to acceptance of nursing expertise in a climate in which quantification of value and cost containment run high on agendas. It argues that nursing expertise which focuses on the provision of individualised, holistic care and which is based largely on intuitive decision-making cannot and should not be reduced to being articulated in positivist terms. The principles of abduction or fuzzy logic, derived from computer science, may be useful in assisting nurses to explain in terms, which others can comprehend, the value of nursing expertise.

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ID Code: 68985
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Expertise, Intuition, Holism
DOI: 10.1016/j.iccn.2005.07.003
ISSN: 0964-3397
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Clinical Nursing - Secondary (Acute Care) (111003)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Elsevier Ltd.
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Intensive and Critical Care Nursing. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Intensive and Critical Care Nursing, [VOL 22, ISSUE 5, (2006)] DOI: 10.1016/j.iccn.2005.07.003
Deposited On: 21 Mar 2014 01:39
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2014 01:39

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