Intuition in Iranian pediatric nurses: A cross sectional study

Document Type : Brief Report


1 Student Research Committee, Semnan University of Medical Sciences, Semnan, Iran PhD Candidate in Nursing, Nursing School, Semnan University of Medical Sciences, Semnan, Iran

2 Nursing Care Research Center, Semnan University of Medical Sciences, Semnan, Iran Pediatric and Neonatal Nursing Department, Nursing School, Semnan University of Medical Sciences, Semnan, Iran

3 Health in Emergencies and Disasters Group, Faculty of Paramedical, Qom University of Medical Sciences, Qom, Iran


Background: Intuition is one of the key factors in decision-making leading to timely recognition of problems and quality care.
Objectives: The purpose of this study was to determine the extent of intuition and the factors influencing it in pediatric nurses.
Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted in 2020 with 100 pediatric nurses working in hospitals of Bandar Abbas, Iran. Smith Intuition Instrument was used to collect data. Descriptive statistical methods, t-test, and analysis of variance were used for data analysis.
Results: Most nurses (59%) demonstrated moderate use of intuition whereas the others (41%) showed high use of intuition. Nurses with less than 10 years of work experience and those working in pediatric intensive units scored significantly higher on the reassuring feelings subscale (P<0.001).
Conclusion: The pediatric nurses’ intuition was appropriate. Nurses are encouraged to confidently use their intuition without fear of blame in the difficult and sensitive situations of pediatric care.


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