Paradigmatic Perspectives in Present Day Nursing Analytical Essay by kimann1968

Paradigmatic Perspectives in Present Day Nursing
This paper looks at nursing knowledge as a comprehensive sum of all its philosophies, theories, research and practical insight of its discipline.
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Published on Oct 28, 2010 in Education (Higher) , Medical and Health (Nursing) , Sociology (Theory) , Philosophy (General)

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In this article, the writer illustrates the development and progress of nursing as a discipline to date. Furthermore, the writer demonstrates the research paradigms that continue to contribute to the growth of nursing knowledge. Moreover, the writer articulates the strengths and weaknesses of those paradigms through critical analysis while comparing their philosophical and epistemological assumptions. The writer concludes that nursing curriculum and nursing practice have moved to a humanistic caring, visionary approach.

Background: The Evolution of Research Paradigms
Empiricism and Interpretive Paradigms
Totality Paradigm
Simultaneity Paradigm
The Need for a Paradigm Shift
A Humanistic Theoretical Approach: Present Day Nursing

From the Paper:

"Nursing has made extraordinary strides in the last century that has lead to its acknowledgment as an academic discipline and profession. The writer maintains that this shift to theory-based practice has made modern-day nursing more meaningful and significant by transferring its focus from a trade to a well-thought out, structured profession. The need for empirical guidance in nursing was recognized in the first half of the twentieth century. Hence, numerous conceptual and theoretical nursing models were developed with the intent of providing knowledge, guiding research and curriculum and categorizing goals to improve nursing practice. Nursing as a professional discipline has materialized most notably over the last decade. Seeing as the need for best practice, inductive reasoning and quality care continues to be nursing's core concerns, theoretical matrix is essential for nurses regardless of one's position as researcher, clinician, specialist or administrator. Advancement in nursing knowledge continues to evolve into a specialized body of skill and authority. This maturation of our metaparadigm and epistemological underpinnings has laid the foundation for the dawn of nursing as its own science."

Sample of Sources Used:

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