Nursing Theory

Prompt:You have spent six weeks exploring theories of nursing. These represent the “how” of what we do as nurses. This week we enter a higher level of thought and explore the “why” of what we do. Present a personal nursing philosophy. Apply what you have read throughout the course and explore the literature on nursing philosophy. While Fawcett was not a nursing theorist, she is a nursing philosopher and her Metaparadigm of Nursing approaches philosophy over theory. Once you have discussed your philosophy, identify a theoretical framework (not the middle-range theories but the underlying assumptions in that framework) that fits your philosophy. Compare and contrast your philosophy and the chosen framework. Describe a possible situation in which the framework may conflict or not fit your philosophy. While it is an important skill to be able to match a theory with a situation, it is also critical to understand when a theory or framework does not fit a situation.

+Discuss a personal nursing philosophy.
Nursing, in my opinion, has a public duty to provide healthy, holistic, patient-centered care. I have to keep in mind that my patients are people, not room numbers or medical conditions, who need and deserve individualized attention and treatment.

+Apply what you have learned about nursing theory in this course.
Theories covered in this course: Dr. Fawcett & Metaparadigm of Nursing; Watson’s Caring Theory; Empirical Indicators; Frameworks, Grand theories, Middle-range theories; Concept & Theory development

+Identify a nursing philosophy that best matches your personal philosophy.

+Discuss a nursing framework or theory that fits that philosophy including how it fits your personal philosophy.

+Identify a possible situation in which that framework or theory would be a poor fit and discuss why it is a poor fit for that situation.

While it is an important skill to be able to match a theory with a situation, it is also critical to understand when a theory or framework does not fit a situation.

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