Intuitive Decision-making by Iranian Nurses of Patients with COVID-19: A Qualitative Study
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Clinical decision-making related to coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a new experience; thus, there is a lack in knowledge in this area. The aim of this study is to explore critical care nurses’ experience of intuitive decision-making in patients diagnosed with COVID-19.


In this qualitative descriptive study, 16 nurses who had the experience of providing care for patients diagnosed with COVID-19 were selected through purposive sampling and participated in semi-structured interviews. The interviews were transcribed and finally analyzed through the conventional content analysis approach.


62.5% of participants were females and the mean (SD) of the participant’s age and working experience were 36.56 (6.58) and 12.62 (5.59) years, respectively. Three main themes emerged out of the experiences of the nurses, including (a) inner revolution, (b) holistic awareness and (c) clinical wisdom.


Critical care nurses use intuition in novel, complex situations where they often have to make quick and independent decisions. Understanding the phenomenon of intuition in clinical decision making increases the professional practice of nursing and leads to better quality care for patients, especially in acute, critical situations and pandemic diseases.

Journal of Caring Sciences, Volume:11 Issue: 3, Aug 2022
154 to 162  
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