The Nursing Theory: The Importance Of Nursing Theories

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Nowadays, nursing is a recognized profession that has autonomy in its practice, and that is able to provide evidence-based care through its own research. To reach this point of recognition and independence, leaders of the field worked hard to demonstrate the unique capabilities of the professional nurses through the creation of nursing theories (Im & Ju Chang, 2012). A nursing theory is a group of organized concepts that give scientific meaning to the principles of the profession (Iskandarani, Al Hammadi, & Al Gizani, 2011). There are metatheories, grand theories, middle-range theories, and practice theories (Donohue-Porter, Forbes, & White, 2011). As the nursing profession evolves, theorists use research and nursing evidence-practice to shape and polish current theories, as well as to develop new ones. One theory that allows nurses to apply the nursing metaparadigm, regardless of their area of practice, is the humanbecoming theory developed by Rosemary Rizzo Parse. In this theory, the author remarks the importance of the true presence of the nurse when interacting with the patients (person) to work along with them (nursing practice) in the process of learning about themselves (environment) and what they feels is better for their health (health) (Wilson, 2016). In order to scientifically prove the importance of theory to the nursing profession, this paper will use scholarly…show more content…
Gaughan, Middleton, and Patton (2013) described nursing theories as the framework that guides nurses’ critical thinking to validate, disseminate, and develop nursing knowledge to deliver an excellent individual patient-focused care. With every encounter, the professional nurse uses a nursing theory to develop a nursing process that considers the patient’s health status while creating a safe-positive environment that promotes well

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