Importance of Theory

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Importance of Theory
Tricia Creviston RN-BSN
NR- 501
January 18, 2015
Dr. Carin Tripodina

Legacy, what is Legacy? As a nurse there is history and meaning behind everything that we do and stand for, this is based on our nursing legacy. Merriam-Webster dictionary defines legacy as: “something transmitted by or received from an ancestor or predecessor or from the past” (Merriam-Webster, 2015). The theoretical basis for our nursing interventions and knowledge is wrapped up in the legacy of our predecessors. Nursing Theory is defined by "a belief, policy, or procedure proposed or followed as the basis of action". Nursing theory is "an organized framework of concepts and purposes designed to guide the practice of nursing"
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By blending information gathered through the use of Roy’s adaptation model the nurse was able to identify Mr. M’s ability to change and adapt to a new low residue diet. Through using this model of nursing care the nurse was able to identify barriers to learning and change in Mr. M. Not only by teaching Mr. M about diverticulosis and diet modification, but including his daughter in assisting with accountability, ensuring that his daughter would assist with meal preparation. Mr. M was able to demonstrate his ability to learn by identifying on a list of foods, which were low residue. Mr. M’s overall outcome was a short forty-eight hour hospital stay and no relapses for two years. The second case-study that will be evaluated by this writer is the study of Mrs. C, 43 female. Mrs. C was seen in the emergency department for pelvic pain, and vaginal discharge. During the nurses initial assessment Mrs. C confided in this writer that she is currently homeless and preforming sexual favors for money to feed her addiction to methamphetamines. Based on the patient’s vaginal swabs it was identified in the emergency department that the patient had bacterial vaginitis. It was undetermined at the time of discharge whether the patient had a sexually transmitted disease.
In the concept of physiological needs, Mrs. C. was high risk for continued exposure to sexually transmitted diseases secondary to her addiction and

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