Compare And Contrast Different Nursing Theorists

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One can take for granted the knowledge that has already been discovered or they can look back and learn about the people who made the discoveries in their lifetime. There are lots of theorists, who have furthered the development of nursing theory. Each one has contributed to the development of nursing knowledge that is used, event to this day (textbook chapter 5). Throughout this paper, different nursing theorists will be discussed, as well as, their theories; an application to the nursing profession, and other active theories.
Nursing Theorists
A very well-known and talented nursing theorist was, Virginia Henderson. She contributed to the nursing profession during her 60 years of service as a nurse, teacher, author and researcher (textbook).
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It is extremely important for nurses to break down the barrier wall and form a bond with their patients. It benefits the patient and nurse when there is open communication and trust. I always take the time to allow the patient and family to know who I am and allow the patient to tell me about themselves. I implement Travelbee’s theory by listening to whatever the patient wants to talk about, it helps them realize I care and that I am there for them. Nancy Roper was another theorist that created the “Model of Nursing.” Roper’s theory focuses on different aspects and components of life. Roper takes into consideration the critical paths people encounter throughout a lifetime. I know Duke University Hospital does a great job of encouraging the interdisciplinary team, including nurses, to be active in roles such as supporter, encourager, and advocate. There are times I have to utilize my assessment skills in order to recognize someone having issues with coping. …show more content…
Some limitations regarding the trait theory are presented as there is bound to be some subjective judgement in determining who is regarded as a good or successful leader (source2). There are also disagreements over which traits are the most important for an effective leader. Lastly, this theory model attempts to relate physical traits to effective leadership. Height and weight might be a determining factor for a military leader, but not in an office setting in a business; these factors are more situational (source2).
The social exchange theory proposes that social behavior and relationships are based on an exchange process. “All relationships have give and take, although the balance of this exchange is not always equal” (source 3). Our feelings regarding our relationships are dependent on our different perceptions; the balance between what we put into a relationship and what we get out of it, the kind of relationship we deserve, and the chances of having a better relationship with someone else

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