Disregard the science behind the practice - page 2

Why is it that some nurses,maybe those who have been in the field a long time,believe that there clinical experience is more reliable than evidenced based practice and the procedures generated from... Read More

  1. by   micro
    llg.....humbly quoting from you

    "the best result comes when scientific knowledge(or book learning) is combined with the knowledge gained from experience--and that takes 'wisdom' as opposed to mere 'knowledge.'

    imho and respect,
  2. by   llg
    Hi, Micro,

    This topic is near and dear to my heart. I have a lot of "book learning," but teach classes in "experiential learning" both here at the hospital where I work and also for conferences and meetings and things. It's amazing to me that so many people can see the value of only one type of learning and not another. To me, it seems so clear that all ways of learning and knowing can be valuable if "used correctly."

    I suspect, that for some people, there is an emotional investment in a particular way of learning and/or knowing that is overwhelming. They therefore cling to that one way and hold on tight, not leaving room for there to be multiple ways of knowing. How sad!

    Perhaps the key to making progress is to identify and explore those emotional attachments. That might give us clues as to how to help both the "old fogeys" and the "naive new-comers" grow a little.

    Last edit by llg on Jan 15, '03
  3. by   mattsmom81
    Agree with Micro's and llg's posts.

    I will maintain a healthy skepticism for 'studies'. Who is funding these 'studies' and who truly benefits from them? Where is the money going here when healthcare jumps onto the latest research bandwagon?? I ask those questions before I accept study results as gospel, as most of us know that research results can be interpreted and skewed to meet the ends of the researchers.

    Speaking for many 'old fogeys' here who may be not so quick to jump on the bandwagon, we aren't 'disregarding science' as some put it. We ARE from years of experience skeptical regarding the validity of much of the 'scientific evidence' as over the years we have seen so much disproven, as mentioned.
  4. by   donmurray
    I find that a major test of the validity of any research is checking out who sponsored it.