Thompson, C. (1999) A conceptual treadmill: the need for ‘middle ground’ in clinical decision making theory in nursing. Journal of Advanced Nursing. pp. 1222-1229. ISSN 0309-2402
This paper explores the two predominant theoretical approaches to the process of nurse decision making prevalent within the nursing research literature: systematic-positivistic approaches as exemplifed by information processing theory, and the intuitive-humanistic approach of Patricia Benner. The two approaches' strengths and weaknesses are explored and as a result a third theoretical stance is proffered: the idea of a cognitive continuum. According to this approach the systematic and intuitive theoretical camps occupy polar positions at either end of a continuum as opposed to separate theoretical planes. The methodological and professional benefits of adopting such a stance are also briefly outlined.
|Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information:||'This is an electronic version of an Article published in Journal of Advanced Nursing, November 1999, vol. 30, no. 5, pp. 1222-1229’. © 1999 Blackwell Science Ltd|
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|Academic Units:||The University of York > Health Sciences (York)|
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|Date Deposited:||26 Aug 2004|
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