Concept Comparison and Analysis Across Theories

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Concept Comparison and Analysis across Theories “Nursing theory is the term given to the body of knowledge applied to support nursing practice. Nursing theory is a framework designed to organize knowledge and explain phenomena in nursing, at a more concrete and specific level. A nursing theory is a set of concepts, definitions, relationships, and assumptions or propositions derived from nursing models or from other disciplines and project a purposive, systematic view of phenomena by designing specific interrelationships among concepts for the purposes of describing, explaining, predicting, and prescribing” (“”, 2010). Core concepts embody a theory creating the basis for the theory or model. In nursing, concepts help…show more content…
The concepts are applicable in different nursing settings because the goals of both concepts are the same. Virginia Henderson’s need theory Applied to Nursing Practice Henderson stated, “The nurse is temporarily the consciousness of the unconscious, the love of life of the suicidal, the leg of the amputee, the eyes of the newly blind, a means of locomotion for the newborn, knowledge and confidence for the young mother, a voice for those too weak to speak, and so on” (“”, 2011). The nursing profession is complex because it requires the ability to identify with, or the understanding of a wide array of people. This concept demands that nurses understand the fundamental needs of individuals so that they can help the individual provide the needs that make their lives as normal and productive as possible, even during illness. Nurses, who practice according to this concept, must know how to assess the individuals daily functions, and activities such as (Yale University School of Nursing, p. 26, 2006): “breathing, eating, eliminating, resting, sleeping and moving, keeping the body clean, warm and clothed, and making life more than a vegetative process by communicating with others, maintaining human relationships, learning, working and playing, or recreating. The quality of the service is limited only by the imagination, and the competence of the nurse who interprets it. Any interpretation, however; implies an
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