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Clinical Reasoning Cycle – A Complete Guide

Clinical Reasoning Cycle

Clinical Reasoning is the process of interacting with the patient through which information
and hypotheses generated by the practitioners are used to make decisions about the patients
problems management. This process is used to make the best judgment about the patient’s
relationship, especially in specific circumstances. It is the type of clinical practice which has
the sum of thinking and decision-making. The therapist examines the multiple variables
related to physical capacity and performance. It is used to build health management
strategies in which the therapist interacts with the patient and persons involved in the care of
the patient which is used to fulfil the targeted goal of the patient.

Clinical Reasoning is an integral part that is practicing patients problems it is used to prevent
misguided. It is the way that strongly finds the influence of how the case is interpreted. It is
the subject underlying all the processes which are used to identify the accurate process to
diagnose the patient. This is the operational process that is used to identify clinical data,
clinical expertise, and various healthcare elements of the patient. Clinical reasoning is just a
need to think and judge the patient like a nurse to discuss all the important aspects related to
the patient.

The Clinical process: The clinical cycle has eight steps. It describes how nursing action is taken at each step of the
clinical process. It is processed through clockwise directions and these stages include the
clinical process:
1. Look
2. Collect
3. Process
4. Diagnose
5. Plan
6. Act
7. Evaluate

8. Reflect.

Dive into the situation of the patient:
During the first stage of the clinical cycle. All the information related to the patient identifies
and predicted the situation of the patient. The nurse collected all information in the
assumption and preconception.

Collect all the suggestions:
Nurses collected all the relevant information about the patients that turns into the outcomes.
Firstly they review all the information that is already available and after that nurse will
collect all the information and additional information related to the patient-related situation.
Lastly, nurses will find out deep information about the patients so that understand the clinic's
reasoning accurately.

Processing of the collected information:
All the information that has been collected by the nurses is processing. All the cues are joined
to form meaningful information. All the information inferences and generated the

Identifying the issues:
In the fourth stage, all the information processed and collected identifies the diagnoses of the
nurse. The diagnosis of this step is used to determine the goals and ensure the actions of the
nurse. The risk diagnosis indicates risk factors that are related to the patient's health

Establish goal:
This is the fifth stage where nurses predict the goals and prioritize the goals related to
patients goals. The identified Goal must be SMART (Specific, Measurable, Achievable,
Realistic, and Timely) to design it to diagnose all the previously identified factors.

Action on the goal:                                                                                                                                                                      At this stage, the nurse takes the appropriate action to evaluate the goals of diagnosing the
patients. This stage is also responsible for deciding which action should be decided to
evaluate the goal.

Outcome Evaluation:
This stage is used to review the data that how much the data to identify whether the strategies
are effective whether or not. If the nurses identify whether the patients identify data is
effective or not. If the strategies are found not too effective then the nurse will seek to find
action. That newly identifies strategies added to the cycle of the new cycle reasoning.
Reflection on the new process and new learning:
It requires cognitive and metacognitive skills to think like a nurse. This is the final step of
clinical reasoning. This must involve a critical review of the practice to view the
improvement in the patient due to strategies. The stage includes thinking about the impacts
what, why and it did and what will be impact of the strategies on patients and others.

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