Taking a Look at Nursing Theory

979 Words Jul 16th, 2018 4 Pages
The term nursing theory defines the body of knowledge given to specific aspects in the nursing profession. There are many theories that range from practice theories, mid-range theories, to grand theories. A theory refers to a group of related concepts, definitions, and statements that describe a certain phenomena from which to describe explain or predict outcomes. (Barnum) The theory guides the professional nurse in making clinical judgments based on evidence. It does so by using appropriate data, organizing, analyzing and developing connections to the patient. From there, nursing interventions can be planned appropriately and the outcomes can be evaluated in ensure proper intervention. (Black 267)
The grand theories in nursing are the
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The nurse thought maybe the patient was depressed and asked him about his feelings and his priorities for his care and hospitalization (5,9,10). While discussing his plans and hopes for post hospitalization the nurse makes the patient comfortable by adjusting his bed and bringing more pillows (8). The patient states he is unsure what his life will be like after surgery and is scared of what will come. The nurse reassures the patient that the surgeon is good, he has great family support and that the rehab at the hospital will help him get through this surgery (3). She also mentions that there are services in the hospital to help him emotion and spiritual concerns if he needed additional support (6). The patient thanks the nurse and asks to rest a bit before surgery. Although not every interaction with a patient will fulfill all the carative processes, the more processes involved in patient care help establish a better nurse to patient relationship (Black).
This example illustrates Watson’s caratives; but how do patients really interpret caring in nursing? A study by Linda P. Finch analyses the caring behaviors of the nurse, what compromises caring interaction, and the perceived outcomes of the patient. The patients in the study noted the responsiveness of the nurse, doing “little things”, following through, and taking care of all patient needs as the most caring aspects (Finch). The responsiveness of the patient included availability and genuine