In this proposed session, a speaker from the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) will review a nursing clinical judgment model developed by the organization (Dickison, Luo, Woo, Muntean & Bergstrom, 2016). This model is based on current clinical judgment models and cognitive psychology decision-making research (e.g., Oppenheimer & Kelso, 2015). Describing nursing clinical judgment with an information-processing framework allows delineation of the mental processes in which nurses engaged to make decisions and the interactions among these internal processes. The clear separation of clinical judgment steps gives the proposed model great utility as a pedagogical tool.
To illustrate the clinical judgment model and its didactic applications, the speaker will map real-life clinical scenarios found among the current NCLEX test plan categories to the clinical judgment model. Audience will also learn how to use the clinical judgment model to vary sample scenarios to suit the curriculum and students’ needs. The speaker will explore using the model to construct standalone and unfolding scenarios for the instruction of classroom and clinical courses.