Nursing Theory and Practice

NursingTheory and Practice

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Question1

Whereisthefutureof nursingpracticeandtheoryheaded?Thisisthecriticalquestionthat thenursingpractitioners should askthemselves in thesechangingtimes.Thenursingdisciplineshould be modeledto giveincreasedattentionto theories,concepts,andmodels.Among these,primaryhealthcare,healthprotection,healthpromotion,motivation,qualityof lifeanddevelopmentof patient’ssafety(McEwen &amp Wills, 2011). Asweplungeinto futurenursinguncertainties,nursingpractitionersshouldalwaysrememberthatnursingpracticeis similarto Christianity in thatitaimsat providinghealthcare to thosein need.McEwen andWills (2011) detailhowthenursingpractitioners should incorporatevarioustheoriesin their practiceto ensurethequalityof care.Thesepracticesshould be based on bestpracticeproceduresandwith thethoughtof accessibilityandcosteffectiveness. Theseideasresonate with Shelly andMiller (2006), whoproposethatnursingexcellencein theprovisionof caredepends on excellentpersonaltraits.Assuch,thesetwo setsof authorsagreethatthefutureof nursingpracticewill be morechallenging in thefuturethan in thepresent.Theeconomic-based healthserviceswill harbortheaccessibilityof qualitynursingcare,especiallyamongst theeconomically deprivedcitizens,reducingthe accessibilityof healthcare.However,theydisagreeon bestapproachesthatcan be usedby nursingpractitioners to survivetheabyss.

Accordingto theMcEwen andWillis (2011), thefutureof nursingdepends on theperpetualdevelopmentof nursingtheoryandresearch.Thecontinued developmentof nursingtheoryandresearchwill promotetheevolutionof thepracticeto meettheincreasingchallengesof thepracticeevenin thefuture(McEwen &amp Wills, 2011). Thedevelopmentsshould incorporatetheuseof evidence-based practicesto resolveandcontrolerrorsandreducecostsof nursingcare.Costreductionandevidence-based practiceswillproveaptin promotingtheaccessibilityof qualityandaffordable nursingcareamongst thepopulace(McEwen &amp Wills, 2011).

Incontrast,Shelly andMiller, (2006) pegsthesurvivalof thenursingpracticeto its originalfoundations,Christianity, andGod. Shelly andMiller (2006), stressestheneedappropriatepersonaltraitsamong thenursingpractitioners to survivefutureuncertaintiesin thenursingpractice.Theseincludecompetence,faith,commitment,compassion,responsibility,andintegrity.In their view,thecurrently economic-driven healthcare will reducetheaccessibilityof nursingpracticesamong theneedypopulations,compellingthechurchto providehealthcare to thefinancially inadequate.Forthenursingprofessionto survive,thenursingpractitioners must havea senseof loveandcultivatetheir relationshipswith thepatients.

Question2

Theprogressionof thenursingpractice,theoryand practicehas significantly changedover time.Nursingtheoryandpracticehasmovedfrom thetraditionalfocusonpositivism andscienceandundergonea paradigmaticshiftandis nowinterpreteddifferentlyby modernnursingtheorists.Atheoreticalreviewof therecenttheoriesattests thatnursingknowledgeandconceptsare slowlymovingfromperceivedorpositivistic approachto theperceivedapproach(Warelow, 2013). Themodernperceivedviewincludestheinfluenceof thenon-positivists philosophiesto a moreinterpretive andunscientificstandpoint,which tracetheir foundationsto humanism andqualitative research.Themodernapproachof nursingtheorieshas promotedthefeasibilityof thenursingpracticeasan everydaypractice.Themoderntheoriesare practical,functionalstructurewhereone can drawinsightto promoteprofessionalism in thepractice(McEwen &amp Wills, 2011).

Modernnursingtheoriescompelthenursingpractitioners to employtheevidence-based practicesratherthan thetraditionally acceptednormswhichmay not alwaysleadto positiveresults.Unlike in thepastwherethenursingpractitioners werecompelledto keeptheir faithto themselves whiletendingpatients,moderntheoriesproposethatnursingpractitionersshould takenursingas a calling.Assuch,theyshould incorporatetheir faithin thenursingpracticeto ensurethe qualityof care(Shelly &amp Miller, 2006). Thenursingpractitioner should takethepatientnot as a problemto solve,butasapersonGod has placedin their pathwith a purpose.Theincorporationof faithin nursingpracticeis amajorparadigmchangethat surelywill promotethequalityof care.Nurseswill viewtheir workas a callingandnot an incomegeneratingprofession,promotingefficientnursingservices(Warelow, 2013).

Question3

Ifacolleagueaskedme theimportanceof nursingtheoryto thenursingpractice,I would respondthatthetheoryis crucialto helpin theestablishmentof thenursingpracticeas a profession(Colley 2003). Thenursingpracticerequiresa bodyof knowledgethat is uniqueto nursingpractice,foritto beestablishedprofessionally. Thenursingtheoryprovidesthatcriticalframeworkthrough which thebodyof knowledgeuniqueto nursingpracticeisoffered.Thetheorygeneratesresearchandaddsto nursingprofessionalknowledgethat provesaptin undertakingevidence-based practice(McEwen &amp Wills, 2011).

Thenursingtheorygivesthestructureandorganizationof thenursingpracticeandhelpsin thecreationof newknowledgeforthenursingprofession.Itpresentsconceptsabout thenursingprofessionandsustainsthepracticalpartof thenursingresearch.Moderndevelopmentsin thenursingtheoryhavecreatedspecificknowledgeandprofessionalism that nursesuseto havecontrolover thequalityof careofferedto thepatients(McEwen&amp Wills, 2011). Thetheoryprovidesideas,assumptionsandphilosophiesthat are functionalin thehealthcareprofession.Theseformstructuresof administration,foundation,education,researchandpatientscarewithin thepractice(Colley 2003). Additionally, nursing theoryhelpsin generatingknowledgeandideasthatassistin thediscoveryof newknowledgeandknowledgegapswithinthenursingprofession.Additionally, theoryoffersa systematicapproachto supportthepracticalresearchundertakenwithin theprofession(Colley 2003).

References

Colley,S. (2003). Nursingtheory: its importance to practice.Vol.17 (46). Retrieved Fromhttp://journals.rcni.com/doi/pdfplus/10.7748/ns2003.07.17.46.33.c3425

Shelly,J. and Miller, B.(2006). Calledto Care: A Christian Worldview for Nursing.Downers Grove, Illinois. InterVarsity Press

Warelow,J. (2013). Changing Philosophies: A paradigmatic nursing shift fromNightngale. Australian Journal of Advanced Nursing. Vol.31(1)Retrieved from http://www.ajan.com.au/vol31/issue1/5warelow.pdf

Wills,E. and McEwen,M. (2011).TheoreticalBasis for Nursing.Philadelphia: LippincottWilliams &amp Wilkins