Edited by Marta Sinclair
Chapter 3: Nursing students decision making in clinical simulation
Decades of research in cognitive psychology has shown that intuition is problematic. Yet decision making in healthcare settings often involves highly complex problems that must be resolved with incomplete information under time pressure, conditions under which intuitions are more likely to be accurate. A simulated clinical scenario was used to examine decision-making accuracy and reliance on intuition and analysis among nursing students. Participants in higher pressure roles used intuition more than other students, though most students relied more on analysis overall. Accuracy was associated with reliance on intuition.
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