"[is]...professional decision making based on knowledge gained from research, experience, theory or is it simply described as gut feeling or intuition" Taking into account your background as registered nurses write a REPORT on 'How do you know what you know"
... being so novice I am having trouble getting my head around this question. I can argue both sides as common sense prevails however for best practise in midwifery it is important to always be up to date with best practice methods and procedures. I am wondering if you are able to continue a discussion with me..."
As an experienced midwife and educator, I would say that my midwifery knowledge is made up of a number of elements - evidence of research, consensus of what is best practice at a professional level, what I have been 'told' by experienced colleagues and wise women, evidence from my own experience, understanding that has come from personal reflection, knowledge from the women and families I work with.
I also believe midwives 'know' from intuition although I do not fully understand what intuition is. Is it a lightning 'feeling' that comes to you with no rhyme or reason...as if by magic? Or does it come about as a result of experience...a subconscious knowledge or understanding that we do not even know we have?
If you are a midwife, how do you know what you know?
If you are not a midwife, what do you understand about intuition? Have you ever had a situation where your intuition has kicked in and impacted on your actions?
Robbie Davis-Floyd & P. Sven Arvidson. (1997). Intuition: The Inside Story: Interdisciplinary Perspectives. Routledge, New York.
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