Dq Response Essay

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At your present level of education, how would you perceive nurses applying nursing theory? Give examples of how research is applied in your area of practice. Evidence-based practice(EBP) is applied in my area of practice. According to Chitty and Black (2011), “EBP means using the best available research findings “to make clinical decisions that are most effective and beneficial for patients” (Cope, 2003, p. 97). At my level of education, having an Associate’s Degree in nursing, “I help identify clinical problems in nursing practice, assist in the collection of data within a structured format, and in conjunction with nurses holding more advanced credentials, [I] appropriately use research findings in clinical practice” (Blais & Hayes, 2011, p. 187). Using nursing research and incorporating nursing theories into practice, makes nursing a well-rounded profession. Nursing research, practice, and theories are interconnected. In my own area of practice, the nurses as well as I apply nursing theory to everyday practice. I use Orem’s self-care deficient theory to establish my patient’s self care needs, and through assessments I plan a care plan to help maintain optimal level of functioning by promoting self-care activities. I also use Watson’s caring theory because I agree with assumptions of caring; A caring environment offers the development of potential while allowing the person to choose the best action for the self at a given point in time” (Blais & Hayes, 2011, p. 109). Like Watson, I believe in establishing a trusting, caring relationship with my patients. I also use Madeleine Leininger’s culture care diversity and universality theory because I know that different cultures perceive health and nursing care. Relationships among nursing research, practice, and theory are circular. As mentioned earlier, research ideas are generated from three sources: (1)

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