The Epistemology Of Nursing Knowledge

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Nursing knowledge helps guide nurses in their everyday practice. But rarely do nurses stop to think where did this knowledge come from? Actions that nurses do everyday have been handed down to them regardless if they understand the meaning behind them. The purpose of this paper is through a limited analysis-synthesis to explore key terms that have helped shape the profession of nursing. These terms were selected to help understand why nurses do what they do. Nursing was not always seen as a profession, therefore it is important to explore what a profession is and its historical context related to nursing. Turkoski (1995) states that profession is a social construct that was determined by a male worldview. In other words, only men were allowed …show more content…
When nurses are asked what they do as a profession, it can be difficult to articulate what exactly nursing is. According to Gordon (2005) and Nelson and Gordon (2005), nurses have been taught to focus on the virtues of nurses, rather than their knowledge. Understanding epistemology is important because when nurses understand how knowledge in regards of their profession is formed, they can begin to move past the “knowing” of ontology and begin to develop knowledge. According to Chinn and Kramer (2015), epistemology examines how knowledge is developed and how “knowledge becomes knowledge” (p. 248). For nurses, knowledge is developed through theory and science (Reed, 2006). However, Reed (2006) argues that knowledge also needs to develop through nursing practice. The reason why knowledge development is important to the nursing profession is because nurses need to be able to have . Epistemology helps express this knowing into knowledge. Once it can be expressed into knowledge it can be shared with others. This sharing of knowledge is important because it helps create a sense of community for nurses (Chinn and Kramer, …show more content…
Chinn and Kramer (2015) referred this to the emancipation of knowing. The goal of praxis is to change how nurses practice in addressing inequities and injustices. Before the nurse can address injustices, nurses must critically reflect on the socio-political climate from which they are their patients come from, in particular the health care system. Scholars believe that this critical reflection helps nurses reflect on “beliefs and values of human dignity, human rights and justice and that this reflection should be part of daily life in order to act morally and ethically” (Chinn, 2013, MacIntrye, 1996, Ray 2010, Ray and Turkel, 2014). When nurses incorporate praxis in their profession they become advocates for those who cannot defend themselves. Praxis is important for nurses has it has become a professional responsibility in accordance to CAN’s Code of Ethics (CNA Code of Ethics). Reflecting back on the concept of profession, serves the community, one way for nurses to serve the community is through

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