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J Nurs Adm. 2004 Feb;34(2):101-9.

Mapping the nursing process: a new approach for understanding the work of nursing.

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Washington Hospital, St. Louis, MO 63141, USA.


The work of nursing is nonlinear and involves complex reasoning and clinical decision making. The use of human factors engineering (HFE) as a sole means for analyzing the work of nursing is problematic. Combining HFE analysis with qualitative observation has created a new methodology for mapping the nursing process. A cognitive pathway offers a new perspective for understanding the work of nursing and analyzing how disruptions to the nursing process may contribute to errors in the acute care environment.

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