Clarity About Clinical Judgment: Nursing Actions and Measurable Indicators

Clarity About Clinical Judgment: Nursing Actions and Measurable Indicators

Every day, nurses make patient-care decisions that require clinical judgment skills. However, doing so is often challenging for new graduates. There is a lack of evidence-based research to facilitate the development of clinical judgment skills and evaluate the performance of such skills. This presentation discusses findings of a study identifying actions associated with the performance of clinical judgment and measurable indicators providing evidence that clinical judgment occurred.

Session Objectives
Following this session, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the role of clinical decision making in the provision of safe, quality client care
  • Examine the clinical judgment process
  • Discuss nursing actions associated with clinical judgment.


Sheryl Sommer

Sheryl K. Sommer, PhD, RN, CNE, is the Chief Nursing Officer at ATI. She joined the company after 27 years in nursing education. She holds a PhD in Educational Psychology with an emphasis in curriculum and evaluation. Dr. Sommer is an experienced administrator and leader, having served in several large nursing programs. She also held numerous faculty positions that included teaching in practical, associate, and baccalaureate, as well as graduate nursing programs. Dr. Sommer played an active role in curriculum revisions, development of new programs, and preparation for accreditation. The desire to create a positive future for nursing education drives Dr. Sommer’s passion to help nurse educators develop the necessary skills to effectively prepare future nurses. She has given numerous faculty-development presentations and helps programs create and implement plans to establish quality nurse educators. Dr. Sommer’s passion for education includes developing strategies to promote clinical judgment skills. She engages with educators to help them develop the skills necessary to prepare nurses who are equipped to function in a fast-paced, ever-changing healthcare environment. Her passion is evident in her work, helping faculty develop skills in areas such as active-learning strategies, curriculum, and program evaluation. Dr Sommer enjoys the challenges associated with helping educators develop contemporary curriculums that meet current healthcare needs. She has assisted many educators in the development of both traditional and concept-based curriculums. Dr. Sommer is recognized for her expertise as a nurse educator. She serves as a reviewer for prominent nursing education journals including the “Journal of Nursing Education” and “Teaching and Learning in Nursing.” She makes frequent national and regional presentations, has published numerous articles, and consults with nursing programs across the country.