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029715881 Decision making essay Decision making is important to nurses in todays society Thompson et al 2002 as a number of policy and professional imperatives mean that nurses have to worry about the decisions they make and the way in which they make them The government has produced several policy initiatives DOH 1989 1993a 1993b 1913c1994 1995 1996a 1996b1997 2000 2000 which have led to the creation of an evidence based health care culture Mulhall Le May 1999 Thompson et al 2002 believe that poor decision making will no longer be acceptable the government aim to examine professional performances and the outcome of clinical decision making for the first time Evidence based practice will no longer be an optional extra but a requirement of all health care professionals The aim of this essay is to analyse and evaluate a decision made by a nurse in a community practice The author will highlight why she chooses the particular issue and how it is important to nursing The author will provide an overview of two general approaches to decision making rational and phenomenological by evaluating and analyzing them The author will consider decision making theories and try to apply them to the decision making process witnessed in her community placement She then aims to show how they should or could have been used as an aid in effective decision making She will also consider influencing factors that effected the decision making process A pseudonym is used throughout the essay to protect the patients identity as stated in NMC 2002 code of professional conduct section 5 029715882 The patient chosen for the purpose of this essay will be referred to as Jo Jo is 53 year old women who suffer with rheumatoid arthritis This also resulted in Jo having bilateral hip replacements Jo is on steroid treatment which leads to thinning of the skin and susceptibility to trauma Mallet and Dougherty 2001 Jo
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