An Analysis of Nurses ’ Cognitive Work : A New Perspective for Understanding Medical Errors

@inproceedings{Potter2005AnAO,
  title={An Analysis of Nurses ’ Cognitive Work : A New Perspective for Understanding Medical Errors},
  author={Patricia Potter and Laurie D. Wolf and Stuart B. Boxerman and Deborah Grayson and Jennifer A. Sledge and Clay Dunagan and Bradley Evanoff},
  year={2005}
}
Health care researchers agree that the acute care hospital environment is filled with numerous distractions. Within this environment, professional nurses make clinical judgments about their patients, whose conditions may change minute by minute. As a result, nurses constantly organize and reorganize the priorities and tasks of care to accommodate patients’ fluctuating status. To date, little attention has been given to how interruptions in the workplace influence nurses’ ability to anticipate… CONTINUE READING

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