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Facilitated Sensemaking

Judy E. Davidson, DNP, RN, MCCM, FAAN


Medical Professional Education

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Nurses and/or Other Critical Care Medical Professionals


This midrange theory is derived from Sr. Calista Roy’s adaptation model and Professor Weick’s business model of sensemaking. In his sensemaking model Weick describes that people define themselves through actions taken in crisis. Also, leaders shape the vision of an organization’s well-being through messaging. In facilitated sensemaking, the nurse helps the family to cue sort, and interpret the meaning of those cues in the environment. The nurse provides the family purpose by facilitating individualized engagement in care and praising them for their efforts. Even in the worst of outcomes they can look back and say they did everything possible to help the team. Simple activities provide focus and modulate the limbic system response to stress which may mediate the development of stress disorders.

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