Metaparadigm In Nursing

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The field of nursing is a dynamic profession that uses a combination of tradition and research to meet the complex needs of patients requiring care. Nurses require years of education and training to obtain the skills necessary to treat their patients, regardless of the branch of nursing they are practicing in. However, despite the required time and effort taken into learning the skills necessary for this profession, there is one dimension of nursing that cannot be taught in any classroom or skills lab. This dimension is the art of caring for the patients that are under the nurse’s care. Truly caring for patients is not something one can be taught, but something someone already has or starts to develop through experience in their field. This paper will examine the metaparadigms of nursing from personal and professional resources, thoroughly inspect what the term caring can refer to, what the Bible says about caring, and finally, how a personal worldview and a Christian worldview can impact the care delivered by health care provider.
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The first metaparadigm is nurse or nursing. Merriam-Webster describes a nurse as “a person who is trained to care for sick or injured people and who usually works in a hospital or doctor’s office” (Merriam-Webster, 2015). This basic definition of a nurse barely scratches the surface of all that the title of nurse entails. Masters (2012) in her book defines nursing as “the actions taken by nurses on behalf or in conjunction with human beings, and the goals or outcomes of nursing actions: the process of which encompasses activities that are referred to as assessment, diagnosis, planning, intervention, and evaluation” (Masters, K, 2012,
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