Nursing Theory and Practice Term Paper by Champ

Nursing Theory and Practice
This paper discusses how hands-on practice is the dominant source of nursing knowledge.
# 98910 | 904 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2007 | US
Published on Oct 23, 2007 in Medical and Health (Nursing) , Medical and Health (General)

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The paper relates that even in research within the nursing profession, the stress is upon the patient, not conformity to an ideal theory. The paper discusses how learning takes place from the examples, experiences, and mentorship of nurses. The paper further relates that even the most famous modern theorists, such as Betty Neuman, have worked as nurses in practical arenas of care. The paper emphasizes that knowledge, socialization and testing come through experiential practice and rigorous observation in nursing as opposed to theory.

From the Paper:

"Theory is often times seen the antithesis to practice. Yet this is not to say that nursing practice cannot be reasonably informed by overarching theories of nursing. However, ultimately nursing must deploy a 'what works' philosophy to patient care. It is incumbent upon nurses to study their profession's many theories, but not become wedded to a single theory. Rather by using different nursing paradigms, a nurse can become a more effective practitioner. Theory can be defined as "an internally consistent group of relational statements (concepts, definitions and propositions) that present a systematic view about a phenomenon and which is useful for description, explanation, prediction and control" ("Nursing Theory: Welcome to the Nursing Theory Network," 2007, nursing"

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Alberto, June E. (Feb-April 2003). "Role models in today's nursing environment."Georgia Nursing. Feb-Apr 2003.
  • Coates, Vivien. (Oct 2004). "Qualitative research: a source of evidence to inform nursing practice?" Journal of Diabetes Nursing.
  • Nightingale, Florence. (1860). Notes on Nursing: What it is, and what it is not. NewYork: D. Appleton and Company.
  • "Nursing Theory: Welcome to the Nursing Theory Network." (2007). nursing 28 Mar 2007.

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