Original ArticleKnowledge Management Organizing Nursing Care KnowledgeAnderson, Jane A. MSN, RN, FNP-BC; Willson, Pamela PhD, RN, FNP-BCAuthor Information Stroke Center (Ms Anderson), Neurology Care Line (Dr Willson), Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Department of Neurology, Baylor College of Medicine (Ms Anderson and Dr Willson), College of Nursing, Prairie View A&M University (Ms Anderson and Dr Willson), and Nursing and Health Professions, Elsevier (Dr Willson), Houston, Texas. Corresponding Author: Jane A. Anderson, MSN, RN, FNP-BC, Michael E. DeBakey VAMC, Stroke Center, 2002 Halcombe Blvd (127), Houston, TX 77030 ([email protected]). Critical Care Nursing Quarterly: January 2009 - Volume 32 - Issue 1 - p 1-9 doi: 10.1097/01.CNQ.0000343127.04448.13 Buy Metrics Abstract Almost everything we do in nursing is based on our knowledge. In 1984, Benner (From Novice to Expert: Excellence and Power in Clinical Nursing Practice. Menlo Park, CA: Addison-Wesley; 1984) described nursing knowledge as the culmination of practical experience and evidence from research, which over time becomes the “know-how” of clinical experience. This “know-how” knowledge asset is dynamic and initially develops in the novice critical care nurse, expands within competent and proficient nurses, and is actualized in the expert intensive care nurse. Collectively, practical “know-how” and investigational (evidence-based) knowledge culminate into the “knowledge of caring” that defines the profession of nursing. The purpose of this article is to examine the concept of knowledge management as a framework for identifying, organizing, analyzing, and translating nursing knowledge into daily practice. Knowledge management is described in a model case and implemented in a nursing research project. © 2009 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.