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Evaluate factors integral to clinical reasoning

Evaluate factors integral to clinical reasoning. Explain the impact of relational inquiry when recognizing and analyzing cues to action in the process of clinical reasoning. Integrate modes of inquiry to generate and evaluate hypotheses in the context of clinical reasoning. Determine appropriate responses when integrating situated cognition into clinical reasoning. Modify clinical judgment within an iterative, outcome-based cycle of clinical reasoning and client needs.


You are a student in the last term of a BSN Program. You are preparing for an end of term exam. To help you prepare, your instructor developed three real-world clinical scenarios to provide opportunities for you to apply clinical reasoning and clinical judgment. The instructor stated, “You received reports on these clients. Decide which one you need to see first and then make appropriate nursing decisions based on relevant information to promote positive client outcomes.”

The three scenarios include:

Patient 1- JR is a 55y/o male admitted 8 hours prior for 24 hour hold to eval for possible myocardial infarction. Serial troponins within normal range and 12 lead ECG indicated evidence of prior right anterior wall myocardial infarction.

Patient 2- EH is a 40 y/o female admitted within the past hour with acute onset severe right upper quadrant pain and vomiting for the past 36 hours. Waiting on labs, ECG monitoring showing occasional premature ventricular contracts (PVCs).

Patient 3- BW is a 21 y/o male athlete admitted yesterday with a fever of 103 and dx of influenza. He rested well overnight, morning chest x-ray revealed mild infiltrates in left lower lobe.


Record your answers to these statements. Rank the three scenarios provided in order of priority related to which client you will assess first, second and third. Defend your selection for the three ranked scenarios. Review the data below for the priority client to determine what to assess first.·

Chest X-ray no abnormalities noted

Abdominal X-ray :diffuse gas throughout the small intestine

Hyperactive bowel sounds in all 4 quadrants and abdomen painful to touch

Pain level 10/10

Sodium (Na+) 147 mmol/L

Potassium (K+) 2.9 mmol/L

Chloride (Cl-) 100 mmol/L

Magnesium (Mg2+) 1.4 mg/dL

Calcium (Ca2+) 9.2 mg/dL

Phosphorus (P+) 2.3 mg/dL

Glucose 188 mg/dL

Serum albumin 3.0 g/dL

Amylase 185 unit/L

Serum Creatinine 0.5 mg/dL

BUN 15 mg/dL

Alkaline Phos. 155 unit/L

• Protein 8.6 g/dL Bilirubin 3.5 mg/dL Formulate three hypotheses based on cues provided Select the priority hypothesis Defend your selection

Describe an evaluation plan for the priority hypothesis based on expected client outcomes

Describe the next steps in the clinical judgement model including: Actions if satisfied with client outcomes

Actions if not satisfied with client outcomes