Stages Of Nursing Theory

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Stages of Nursing Theory Development and its Impact on Theory Nursing theory is a concept that has been constantly challenged and transformed for decades. Stages in the development of nursing theory such as silent knowledge, subjective knowledge, and constructed knowledge have all played a significant role in history. Their impact on nursing practices during that time period had encouraged individuals such as Florence Nightingale and Faye Abdellah to challenge old traditions and formally accepted practices. These notable nursing theorists had developed structured frameworks based on their own experiences they have faced during their lifetime and helped shape nursing practice into what it is today.
Stages of Nursing Theory From the mid-1800s
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During the late nineties to the early 21st century, EBP had begun to endorse a more research-driven and theory based framework in order to support nursing practice (McEwen & Wills, 2014). This stage of theory development encouraged growth and clinical based studies in order to be formulate the next potential breakthrough in clinical practice. To promote this movement, federal agencies within the United States have funded EBP centers in order to answer clinical questions in order to improve healthcare overall (Melnyk et al., 2004). Evidence-based practice has the potential to be able to use all forms of data in order to find the way to improve patient outcomes. Within this stage, empirical data is not the only form of information being used. Patient experience and theoretical literature also help make up constructed…show more content…
Silent knowledge had prevented nursing oriented skills and research from moving forward. Nursing theorists such as Florence Nightingale and Faye Abdellah had challenged those ideas by pushing the boundaries and helping set the framework for progression in practice. Subjective knowledge in theory and constructed knowledge were a step forward in nursing development. This gave nurses the opportunity to be able to practice with more autonomy. The evolution of stages in nursing theory was triggered by the advancements made by nursing theorists and these theories are still observed and practiced today. References
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