Inthe health sector, clinical decision-making is very critical. The useof the recommended evaluation tools and experience gained in theworking processes are all-essential for the promotion of efficientdecision-making. The clinical decision requires a balance amongawareness, information tools, experience, and knowledge. Theappropriate decision by the nurse equates to a safe care for thepatient. Decision making being one of the major parts of theinformation system as applied in the health sector majorly containshuman activities records. These files enable nurses and relatedpractitioners to not only refine their thinking about patients, butalso analyze the manner in which nursing knowledge is captured,created, applied, and shared. It is also important as it createsgrounds through which the provision and evaluation of patient caretake place (Thompson, 2014). In their day-to-day practice, nurses arecompelled to make important clinical decisions, which havesignificant and far-reaching implications, not only for the patientoutcomes but also for the greater nursing practice. This paper seeksto discuss decision-making as a paramount aspect in the health sectorand analyze its application in the newly found forms of knowledge inthis area.
Atsome point, the nurses may be required to make difficult decisionsregarding the health of the patients. The practitioner also makesthese decisions on behalf of the patient. For example, the doctor maybe uncertain whether the health conditions such ulcers will recur ornot. It is also difficult to tell whether the patient will adhere tomedication given to them. Coming up with a decision in search acircumstance depends on the patient`s feelings about the prescriptionrather than the recurring of the ulcers. Therefore, the nurse needsto involve a detailed and informed decision-making criteria to opt toeither not give any treatment, include moderate treatment andmanagement techniques, or apply high treatment and administrationmethods (Thompson, 2014)
Forthe nurse to arrive at an appropriate decision, weighing theavailable options to determine the one that will favor the patient`sinterest at a greater percentage is a necessity. This approach can beachieved by multiplying the probability and utility values for everychance outcome. A high-compression hosiery treatment is required ifthe value is 0.6. Additionally, moderate compression and no treatmenthosiery are embraced if the scores are 0.64 and 0.3 respectively("Win: Nursing Standard.", 2015). Besides value analysis,the sensitive analysis may also be used to arrive at a decision. Inthis method, the association of the probability of the recurring ofulcers without medication to the uncertainty linked to the likelihoodof the patient taking the prescription as stated. Ultimately by usingeither of the two methods, an appropriate decision will be made("Win: Nursing Standard.", 2015).
Oneof the familiar scenarios known to support this aspect of theinformation system is a case where the nurse treated a nurse withoutfirst making consultations. The senior nurse was attending to amaternity case when she felt that delayed delivery of the baby wouldendanger its life. Therefore, she felt that booking of the patientfor a cesarean session was crucial. However, after a successfuldelivery, the patient felt that the situation did not deserve acesarean session. This problem would have been avoided if anefficient clinical decision-making procedure was followed.
Inconclusion, the responsibility of nurses making important clinicaldecisions, which have vast and far-reaching implication, isunavoidable. The patients` real satisfaction during treatment andprofessionalism during treatment are achieved through this approach.It is, therefore, necessary for the nursing curriculum toexhaustively impact knowledge on the decision-making skills innursing as a form of information system in healthcare. This educationwill ensure nurses joining health care uphold patients` satisfactionin their delivery of service in various healthcare sections.
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