How might nursing theory influence your professional practice?

How might nursing theory influence your professional practice?


Discussion Question:

Consider your learning in the course. How have you met the course objectives listed in the syllabus? Has the material in the course changed your professional practice? How might nursing theory influence your professional practice?
Course Goals:

By the conclusion of this course, student will be able to:

Develop an understanding of the foundational theories and conceptual frameworks of the profession of nursing from a gender and multicultural perspective.
Compare and contrast how concepts of person, health, nursing and environment are defined from a variety of theoretical perspectives.
Explore the impact of nursing theories on current practice, education, research, and leadership
Demonstrate critical thinking and creativity in the application of theoretical frameworks and models to professional nursing roles.
Describe methods to evaluate nursing concepts, models, and theories for use in nursing practice.
Articulate their own philosophical base for nursing practice, including the knowledge, values, beliefs, standards and ethical principles that influence their practice.
Develop an appreciation of different types of reasoning.
Articulate the application of reasoning in nursing practice.

Course Structure:

Module 1: Research and Nightingale

Module 2: Peplau, Henderson, and Orem

Module 3: Johnson, Orlando, and the 1950’s to 1960’s

Module 4: King and Rogers

Module 5: Roy, Neuman, and the 1970’s

Module 6: Leininger, Newman, and Watson

Module 7: Parse, Erickson, Tomlin & Swain

Module 8: Theories of the 1980’s and 1990’s


N491: Concepts and Theories in Nursing

N491 Concepts and Theories in Nursing provides an introduction to theory and reasoning in nursing. The significance of theory for nursing as a profession is explored, thus providing students with a foundation for professional nursing practice and research. This course provides an overview of theory, theory development, important nursing theories and nursing theorists, as well as a method for critiquing theory. Students are guided to develop a foundation of reasoning skills that are necessary to integrate the components of knowledge, skills, values, meanings, and experiences into nursing practice.

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