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J Caring Sci. 2024;13(2): 91-96.
doi: 10.34172/jcs.33231
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Original Article

Barriers and Facilitators of Intuitive Decision-Making among Psychiatric Nurses: A Cross-sectional Study

Hossein Namdar Areshtanab 1* ORCID logo, Maryam Vahidi 1 ORCID logo, Mina Hosseinzadeh 2 ORCID logo, Somayeh Janmohammadi 1 ORCID logo

1 Department of psychiatric nursing, nursing and Midwifery faculty, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
2 Department of community health nursing, nursing and Midwifery faculty, Tabriz University of Medical Sciences, Tabriz, Iran
*Corresponding Author: Hossein Namdar Areshtanab, Email: hna442000@yahoo.com

Abstract

Introduction: Due to the type and nature of hospitalized psychiatric patients, nurses encounter many ambiguous and complex clinical situations that require intuitive decision-making. The present study was conducted to determine the use of intuition and its barriers and facilitators among psychiatric nurses.

Methods: This study adopts a descriptive cross-sectional design and employs 123 nurses using convenience sampling in 2022. Demographic characteristics, the use of intuition in clinical practice, and the barriers and facilitators of intuition in clinical practice questionnaires were used for data collection.

Results: The results of this study showed that the mean (SD) of intuitive decision-making among psychiatric nurses was 58 (13.07) out of a range from 25-125. The use of intuition had a statistically significant correlation with age and work experience in the psychiatry ward. The use of intuitive decision-making has a statistically significant difference in gender, work shift, and education level. The biggest barrier to the use of intuitive decision-making among psychiatric nurses was “The limitations of nursing role which restrict the use of intuition in the clinical setting”. The most common facilitator in the use of intuition among psychiatric nurses was “having experience and clinical knowledge leads to the use of intuition in patient care”.

Conclusion: Given the low level of the use of intuition and the important role of intuitive decision-making in the quality of nursing care, nursing managers should provide some strategies for reducing the barriers to the use of intuition among nurses.

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Submitted: 06 Nov 2023
Accepted: 29 Jan 2024
ePublished: 10 Mar 2024
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