Western Nursing Theories

2478 WordsJun 22, 201810 Pages
This writer is going to explore two different western nursing theories that were shaped by philosophy, politics, history and society and view the revolutionary application of the theories in the modern world. In the beginning of a journey to a psychiatric nursing career, a student needs to consider nurses of the past, and present, and the theories they developed. Nursing is constantly evolving and the nursing theories evolve in response to society’s evolution.(Barker,2009) Historically politics shaped society, and its view of the mentally ill. In the past, psychiatric nursing relied on the physicians/psychiatrists biomedical theory to mental illness. This writer suggests that today in response to the changing world…show more content…
Historically political agendas often shared ties with the medical professionals who deliver mental health services. Governments historically, (and I suggest presently) were and are, economically motivated. They provide the financial fuel for physician theories on curing societies’ deviants. Societies poor and immigrant people, were labeled as lunatics, because of elite forms of social control in a shared western history.(Stoep,A & Link,B,1998) Prominent physicians falsified studies to support their own xenophobic fears, and governments funded the research.(Stoep,A & Link,B,1998) Throughout the world, abuses against humanity have occurred. Most notably Russia, where political dissenters were punished, under the corrupt guise, of the mental health care system.(Spencer, I,2000) Today, with more mental illnesses being identified and listed by the DSM, I question the motivation of governments. Is the agenda based on economic greed by Canadian and American politics, to put more research dollars into pharmaceutical treatment, to allow business to prosper despite a growing economic recession? In the western world presently, money is being channeled into biomedical treatments, and not into quality patient care. It is up to psychiatric nurses to implement great theories to provide quality patient care. I applaud nurses who are able to embrace Jean Watsons’ theory of Caring, and use this model to revolutionize patient
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