Clinical Judgement – An Essential Tool in the Nursing Profession


By Margot Phaneuf, R.N., Ph.D.

December 17, 2008

Nurses must deal with a broad range of issues related to the condition of each patient, including complications and improvements, as well as annotations to clinical records and communications with physicians. As such, the nurse’s judgement is at the heart of care delivery. Judgement guides action and decisions, not only of the nurse, but also of physicians and other care providers. It is therefore essential for the nurse to have observational and reasoning skills in order to make sound, reliable clinical judgements.

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