Nursing Philosophy, Model, and Theory Discussion

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For the past four weeks, we have been learning about many different nursing theorists. In this paper, we will be discussing how the different nursing theorists have expanded our views of the nursing process. We will also explain how some of the nursing theories have influenced our everyday practice.

How nursing theorists have expanded our views of nursing process

“Nurses’ practice and their ability to sustain their practice depend on relevant nursing knowledge; that is, relevant nursing models and the theories and research that they generate” (Meehan, 2012, pg. 2906). As a team, we agree that as nurses, we incorporate theories, philosophies, and models in our everyday practice. We have the same goal to care for our patients and families as a whole while promoting optimal health and increasing quality of life.
In week three of this class, we examined the theories of Nightingale, Orem, Leininger and Watson. We identified that each of the theories incorporated the nursing process. Florence Nightingale’s Environmental Theory promotes the nurse to focus on the environment as she believed that external influences can prevent, suppress, or contribute to disease or death. Dorothea Orem felt that if the nurse focused on promoting independence, this would lead to health and maintain well-being. Jean Watson believed that caring is the center of nursing, and the nurse can influence health and healing by utilizing the ten carative factors with their practice. Finally, Madeleine Leininger’s goal was to promote nursing to provide care which is congruent with the patient’s cultural values, beliefs, and practices.

How nursing theory fits in our workday
Throughout history nursing has been trying to connect the dots between theory, research, and practice. "As our nurse leaders shared their ideas about the essences and empirics of nursing, they spoke

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