Raising the standards of clinical practice - the fundamental issue of effective nursing practice

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Abstract

The proposition put forward in this paper is that standards of nursing practice can only be assured if the profession is able to find ways of responding to the intuitions and gut reactions of its practitioners. Rather than deny them, nurses have to know how to test and thus legitimize them. Such a validation process demands more clinically based nursing research projects and the proliferation of arrangements such as clinical nursing practice units. It is further argued that by linking the intuitive and rational aspects of nursing in this way the profession is in a better position not only to fulfil its societal obligations but also to build up its own knowledge and skills.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)321-329
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Advanced Nursing
Volume12
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 1987

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