Decision Making and Critical Thinking Case Study

Decision Making and Critical Thinking Case Study

Background:
You have been a staff nurse for 3 years since your graduation from nursing school. Your original career plan was to work 3 years on a general medical unit and then transfer to the emergency room. However, because of a recent downturn of the economy there have not been any openings in the hospital’s ER. You have, however, been offered a charge nurse position on the medical unit.

The Dilemma:
You wonder if you should relocate and seek employment at a big university medical center even, if it means staying on a general medical surgical unit. You are self-aware enough to know that it is time for a change but which change, and how should you make the decision?

How to Proceed?
You are to examine both the individual aspects of decision-making and the critical elements in making decisions. You must make a plan including a goal, a list of information, and data that you need to gather and areas where you may be vulnerable to poor decision making. You are to exam the consequences if each alternative available to you.

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