Title

Public Health Nurses' Decision Making in Canada, Finland, Norway, and the United States

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

1-1-1997

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to describe the decision-making processes of 369 public health nurses in Canada. Finland, Norway, and the United States, and to discuss any differences observed among these countries. The results indicate that public health nurses used different decision-making models on the job and that these models varied considerably. Five different decision-making models were identified, each exhibiting features of different decision-making theories. The differences between decision making of public health nurses in different countries were statistically significant. The differencies in decision making appear to be due to differences in health care systems in the 4 countries and the nature of the nursing task and context.

Publication Title

Western Journal of Nursing Research

Volume

19

Issue

2

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