Clinical decision-making is an inherent quality that nurses should possess in their professional practice. Internal factors are personal factors, including the attitude, emotions, and ethics of a nurse that affect nurses’ problem-solving abilities. They guide the conduct of a nurse when faced with a scenario that requires critical thinking skills. The external factors include the organizational structure, availability of support staff, and nurses’ education level (Nibbelink & Brewer, 2018). The functioning of a nurse is enhanced through maintaining a positive attitude, having optimal critical thinking skills, and being aware of the external factors that may affect their optimal functioning.
Possessing an appropriate emotion in all clients’ and staff engagements is a key to optimal collaborations. Emotional intelligence is the ability of the nurse to recognize, express, and appropriately control their emotions (Nibbelink & Brewer, 2018). As the charge nurse, I need to motivate the nurse to determine the importance of applying emotional intelligence in clinical practice. Nurses should practice self-awareness to predict their reactions in different clinical scenarios to ensure positive outcomes. They should maintain the objectivity of their interactions for maximal patient care. The mode of conduct and responses by a professional nurse has significant effects on the quality of care provided to clients (Nibbelink & Brewer, 2018). Good self-awareness is also critical in promoting a positive relationship with the other members of staff.
Nurses need to practice compassion to be aware of the problems of patients and other nurses. Being distant from complex emotional reactions helps a nurse to practice professionalism while upholding concern. Alternatively, the charge nurse should have addressed the client’s problems holistically. The nurse should have sought the aid of the charge nurse in areas where she feels incompetent in a professional manner for effective resolution of the client’s needs.
Nibbelink, C. W., & Brewer, B. B. (2018). Decision-making in nursing practice: An integrative literature review. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 27(5-6), 917–928. Web.