Nursing judgment: A concept analysis

Lila De Tantillo, Joseph P. De Santis

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Charged with making decisions to protect and enhance patient well-being, a nurse relies on nursing judgment to render effective patient care. Nursing judgment is the culmination of education, experience, and insight that allows nurses to execute the best action possible on behalf of patients. This concept analysis uses the Walker and Avant method to demonstrate the role of nursing judgment in assessments and interventions, delegation of tasks, and prioritization of care. Nurses, other health care collaborators, and recipients of health care should be aware of the role played by nursing judgment to improve patient care and the health care system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)266-276
Number of pages11
JournalAdvances in Nursing Science
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2019
Externally publishedYes


  • concept analysis
  • decision making
  • judgment
  • nursing
  • patient care
  • patient outcomes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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