Perception Versus Reality: A Comparative Study of the Clinical Judgment Skills of Nurses During a Simulated Activity

  • Fenske C
  • Harris M
  • Aebersold M
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Abstract

BACKGROUND: This study was conducted to determine how closely nurses' perceptions of their clinical judgment abilities matched their demonstrated clinical judgment skills during a simulation.

METHODS: Seventy-four registered nurses participated in a simulation using a video format. After the simulation, the nurses self-assessed their performance using the Lasater Clinical Judgment Rubric. This rubric was then used to rate the nurses' actual performance in the simulation activity.

RESULTS: The study results showed a significant discrepancy between nurses' perceptions of their own clinical judgment abilities and their demonstrated clinical judgment skills. Age and length of nursing experience enhanced the difference between the findings of self-assessment and actual performance.

CONCLUSION: Younger nurses and those with 1 year or less of nursing experience were significantly more likely to have self-assessed their abilities at a much higher level compared with their actual skills. J Contin Educ Nurs 2013;44(X):xx-xx.

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Authors

  • Cynthia L. Fenske

  • Margaret A. Harris

  • Michelle L. Aebersold

  • Laurie S. Hartman

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