Nursing Theory: The Use Of Nursing Theories In Practice

The use of nursing theories in practice, aid in providing validity to the concepts and data that the practicing professional has set to implement. Many of the nursing theories that we use daily are based on ideas that were presented previously in other areas or professions. These borrowed theories help to solidify the scientific rationale for making a needed change or to research a particular concept for the improvement of: patient safety, care, organization workflow and design, advances in technology and nursing informatics, nursing leadership and the way in which future and current nurses are educated. As each theory is a derivative of something else, the use of a grand versus middle-range theory is determined by the type of issue that is …show more content…
more specific) theory for practice.
Nursing theorist set out to identify and define an issue of concern or find the solution to the question; in regards to Jean Watson’s Theory of Human Caring in the education of nurses, it is imperative to train nurses on the skills involved in the interpersonal relationship of care. The caring model emphasizes the humanistic aspect of nursing in combination with clinical experience, evidence based practice, and scientific knowledge; things that are fundamental in educating a nurse in holistic care (Watson, 1999). The Theory of Human caring is based on the concept of using philosophy and the science of caring in 10 “carative” factors as a holistic approach to address the importance of: altruism, trust, compassion, sensitivity and interpersonal skills in nursing care and education. Throughout this paper we will be looking at the Theory of Human caring and its implication in the
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The development of this nursing conceptual model began with the evolution of defining the nursing practice as a profession; and to create knowledge within the nursing community, to set the tone for future theories to be develop on. As Florence Nightingale paved the way for the foundation of the current theories of practice that separate nursing from other medical professions; she also defined what the standard of nursing care and education should encompass. Nursing theories become the foundation to the research and the evidence-based-practices (EBP) that are incorporated into the curriculum of the developing nurse; and as more focus has been diverted to the advanced of nursing practice more is being taken away from the fundamental aspects of it such as the development of a therapeutic and caring nurse-patient relations (Dyess, Boykin & Rigg, 2010). Over time theorist developed methods of applying the nursing process while using all sense of “being” and “becoming” by learning to care for and care about the patient. It has been shown that when less emphasis is on the things involved in care, but more on how to demonstrate care for the patient; it resulted in a better nurse-patient relationship and better outcome for the patient and the development of the

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