Nursing Theory Plan and Implementation

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Abstract Margaret Newman’s theory of Health as Expanding Consciousness (HEC) is a theory in which a patient is looked as a whole. In this theory it explains how it is the nurse’s responsibility to connect with their patients and help to expand their consciousness. By having a trusting nurse-patient relationship, it will help patients achieve this goal. For the purpose of this paper an overview of Margaret Newman’s theory will be given, along with a rational as to why this writer chose Newman’s theory of HEC. A plan to implement this theory by having daily rounds will be explained, and barriers and challenges discussed. An evaluation of the implementation of daily rounds of will then be given. The theory of Health as Expanding Consciousness will then be critiqued. Through this paper the reader will understand why implementing Margaret Newman’s theory into their own practice is beneficial to the patient. Health as Expanding Consciousness Margaret Newman’s theory of HEC began forming when she was taking care of her mother who was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). HEC is a theory that helps nurses assist their patients to find their way. “ ‘[O]ne does not practice nursing using the theory, but rather the theory becomes a way of being with the client-a way of offering clients to…find their way(p.xiv)’” (Parker & Smith, 2010, p. 290). Providing an overview of this theory will help educate the reader on the importance of implementing HEC into their nursing practice. A plan to help put into practice HEC into everyday nursing practice will be explained. Along with the plan of implementation, barriers and challenges will be addressed regarding implementation and then an evaluation will be done. An in depth critique of HEC will allow the reader to see any potential flaws or challenges in using HEC as a practicing nurse. This paper will

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