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Intelligent nursing: accounting for knowledge as action in practice

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This paper provides an analysis of nursing as a knowledgeable discipline. We examined ways in which knowledge operates in the practice of home care nursing and explored how knowledge might be fruitfully understood within the ambiguous spaces and competing temporalities characterizing contemporary healthcare services. Two popular metaphors of knowledge in nursing practice were identified and critically examined; evidence-based practice and the nurse as an intuitive worker. Pointing to faults in these conceptualizations, we suggest a different way of conceptualizing the relationship between knowledge and practice, namely practice as being activated by contextualized knowledge. This conceptualization is captured in an understanding of the intelligent creation of context by the nurse for nursing practice to be ethical and effective.

Keywords: context; evidence-based practice; intelligent; intuitive practice; knowledge; nursing practice; time

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1466-769X.2006.00283.x

Affiliations: Associate Professor, Faculty of Nursing, University of Iceland, Reykjavik, Iceland

Publication date: October 1, 2006

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