"Rethinking Clinical Reasoning" by Patricia Benner, R.N., Ph.D., FAAN

Monday, March 18, 2019 16:00to18:00
MUHC Glen Site, 1001 Decarie Boulevard, Montreal, QC, H4A 3J1, CA

This lecture focuses on rethinking clinical judgement and the implications for teaching and learning. Clinical reasoning across time about the particular in relation to the general and comparison with past whole concrete cases are essential to wise clinical judgements and will be demonstrated through clinical examples. Clinical judgement requires more than snapshot reasoning at one point in time and more than identifying deficits. It also requires clinical imagination and identifying strengths and situated possibilities.


  1. Define the role and nature of perception related to wise clinical judgements.
  2. Give at least one example that demonstrate reasoning across time in particular clinical situations.
  3. Give at least two distinctions between deficits and situated possibilities in a particular clinical situation.

Patricia Benner, R.N., Ph.D., FAAN

Dr. Benner is a professor emerita at the University of California School of Nursing. She is a noted nursing educator and author of From Novice to Expert: Excellence and Power in Nursing Practice, which has been translated into twelve languages. She has directed over 50 doctoral dissertations. She pioneered the use of Interpretive Phenomenology in Nursing. She is the director of this Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching National Nursing Education Study, Educating Nurses: A Call for Radical Transformation which is the first such study in forty years. Additionally, she collaborated with the Carnegie Preparation for the Professions studies of clergy, engineering, law, and medicine. Dr. Benner is designated as a Living Legend of the American Academy of Nursing. She was elected an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Nursing and Danish Society for Nurses. Her work has influence beyond nursing in the areas of clinical practice and clinical ethics. She has received two honorary doctorates. She is the first author of Expertise in Nursing Practice: Caring, Ethics and Clinical Judgment (2010) with Christine Tanner and Catherine Chesla, and she has coauthored twelve other notable books including a 2nd Edition of Clinical Wisdom and Interventions in Acute and Critical Care: .A Thinking-In-Action Approach


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