Feeling and knowing: neural scientific perspectives on intuitive practice
John McKinnon Senior lecturer in nursing, University of Lincoln, Lincoln
This article re-evaluates the place of intuition in the hierarchy of nursing skills in the light of recent neuro-scientific findings. The author draws on neural scientific perspectives to clarify ambiguity associated with intuition and redefine it as a working concept. Fresh credence is attributed to the previous claims of practitioners, theorists and other proponents of hypothetico-deductive approaches. Gender advantage in the use of emotional intelligence in professional life is critically explored. Arguments are tabled for a conceptual framework to house, guide and shape intuition in practice.
Nursing Standard. 20, 1,41-46. doi: 10.7748/ns2005.09.20.1.41.c3953
Published in print: 14 September 2005Peer review
This article has been subject to double blind peer review