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Coronary care nurses: Developing an understanding of the decision making process in acute situations

Maharmeh, M 2011, Coronary care nurses: Developing an understanding of the decision making process in acute situations , PhD thesis, University of Salford.

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    Abstract

    Aim: The aim of this study was to explore the decision making of coronary care nurses in acute situations. More specifically, the study explored how coronary care nurses take their decisions and what are the factors that underpin those decisions. Background: Studies on clinical decision making have focused on the effect of nurses' experience on decision making, and on the decisions that are made. Until now there is very little data available that focuses on coronary care nurse's clinical decision making in acute situations, and what the factors are that underpin those decisions. Therefore there was an urgent need to investigate the decision making of coronary care nurses in acute situations. Method: This study involved eight nurses from three coronary care units from hospitals in the North West of England. An interpretive approach based on the principles of ethnography from an insider and outsider perspective was adopted. Data collection from coronary care nurses as they care for patients during an acute situation was used for this study. Both observation and interview were undertaken to ensure complete data collection of all aspects of decision making in real life settings. Results: What become apparent in the findings of this study was that contrary to much of the literature, the nurses on the coronary care units dealt with limited complex acute situation that need complex decisions. The decision making about patient care during the acute situations was quite simple and considered as custom. It was also discovered that nurses tend to focus on the physiological aspects of care rather than a more holistic approach. The data revealed that the decision making process is continuous. The assessment phase started using both analytical and intuitive models in order to observe the cues relating to the patient's situation. The nurses then moved towards the implementation of action strategies to solve the patient's problem.

    Item Type: Thesis (PhD)
    Contributors: Jones, ID(Supervisor)
    Additional Information:
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
    Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Institutional Repository
    Date Deposited: 03 Oct 2012 14:34
    Last Modified: 18 Feb 2014 14:18
    URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/26790

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