Essay on Nursing Theory

2852 Words Jul 7th, 2008 12 Pages

Putting Theory into Practice: Utilization of Henderson’s Nursing Theory in Everyday Nursing Practice

Health care around the world and especially in the Western world, has undergone extreme changes over the past few decades, however, the basic principles of nursing such as caring for the sick and elderly have remained the same. Many of those principles come from the teaching of Virginia Henderson.
Her interactional theory of holistic care has helped to form the philosophical base of twentieth century nursing. Following the guidelines set by Nightingale, Ms. Henderson was a humanist who “viewed the education of patients and families as core to nursing care” (Sanford, 2000, p.1). Her
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There is an exchange that takes place between those who provide care and those cared for that goes beyond the empirical reality of the moment and incorporates the spiritual. The 'art' of providing care includes an aspect of caring that has metaphysical origins and connotations. It concerns all aspects of the human experience, physical, psychological, spiritual and social. The Gestalt approach to nursing and the inclusion of caring as a primary requisite is the heart of the concept of interactive theory as it applies to nursing and as presented by Ms. Henderson.
Virginia Henderson's definition of nursing focused on the function of nursing as being able to assist the individual, sick or well, in attaining and, or, maintaining health. The nurse was meant to respect the choices of the individual by providing care that the patient would perform if he or she was not ill or had appropriate knowledge. The purpose was to bring a sense of independence and dignity to the sick and infirm and to aid and facilitate a return to independence, all of which are my goal when caring for someone in the ICU. Sanford (2000) states that
Henderson's definition defines and explains nursing's professional relationship with a person experiencing illness, recovering health, or relinquishing life. Her definition speaks to the importance of empowering the receiver of a nurse's care; empowerment is achieved through mutual sharing of

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