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Promoting clinical practice knowledge in an age of taxonomies and protocols.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11737808     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The proliferation of classification schemes, practice guidelines, and critical pathways expresses our modern faith in theoretical reasoning and scientific evidence. This mode of knowing is almost universally championed for providing the evidence that will guide and advance nursing practice. The nature and complexity of clinical expertise, however, are misconstrued with the quest to standardize nursing practice. After distinguishing between theoretical and clinical reasoning, several narratives from two interpretive studies of public health nursing practice will illustrate how clinical practice resists theoretical understanding and must be more fully articulated if clinical and ethical reasoning is to be preserved and strengthened.
L SmithBattle; M Diekemper
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Public health nursing (Boston, Mass.)     Volume:  18     ISSN:  0737-1209     ISO Abbreviation:  Public Health Nurs     Publication Date:    2001 Nov-Dec
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-12-13     Completed Date:  2002-01-17     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8501498     Medline TA:  Public Health Nurs     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  401-8     Citation Subset:  IM; N    
St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Clinical Protocols*
House Calls
Nurse's Role
Nurse-Patient Relations
Practice Guidelines as Topic*
Public Health Nursing / standards*
United States

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