The Importance Of Theory Of Nursing

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The Importance of Theory
Christi McDonald
Chamberlain College of Nursing
NR 501: Theoretical Basis for Advanced Nursing Practice
March, 2016

The Importance of Theory Since I have been a nurse I never really gave much thought about any of the theories I learned in nursing school, I guess I was just so happy to finish. However, as years have expired and find myself back in school furthering my education, now I recall the importance of nursing theories. As many people or should I say nurses frequently tend to define various words through their experiences. So for the lack of cohesiveness, according to Parker & Smith (2010), a ‘theory is a frame of reference on how individuals view reality.’ A more formal definition states that a
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With the turn of nurses moving from the hospital setting to universities and becoming more community activist, and lobbying the legislature has really given nurses a distinguishable label in the medical profession with the assistance of nursing theories guiding us. Through the aid of the various theories, has caused nursing to advance by leaps and bounds. However, in the sixties the nursing profession really began to grow and build as a profession. Based on the author Florczak (2011), nursing must stay theory focused to continue moving in a positive direction that will enhance the profession and not hurt it.
Summary of Neuman’s Systems Model In 1970, Betty Neuman developed the Neuman Systems Model, the model was first published in the May-June 1972 issue of Nursing Research. Since the eighties, the model under-went several important changes to enhance it. Through this model, a nursing process format was created. According to Parker & Smith, “The philosophic base of the Neuman Systems Model encompasses wholism, a wellness orientation, client perception and motivation, and a dynamic systems perspective of energy and variable interaction with the environment to mitigate possible harm, while caregivers and clients form a partnership to obtain an optimal level of health” (p. 183). This system model is also classified as a systems category of knowledge. Neuman went on to define “system” as pervasive order that holds together
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