Critical Need to Address Accuracy of Nurses' Diagnoses

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            Critical Need to Address Accuracy of Nurses’ Diagnoses
                                                  Margaret Lunney, RN, PhD


            Abstract

                   Studies published from 1966 to 2006 describe how nurses’ interpretations of clinical
                   data vary widely, thus significant percentages of nurses’ diagnoses may be of low
                   accuracy. This is important because data interpretations, or diagnoses, serve as the
                   basis for selection of interventions and the subsequent achievement of
				
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