Reflection # 3 Glanz, Rimer, and Lewis (2002) stated that “ Theory and research are not solely the province of the academic, just as practice is not solely the field of the practitioner” and I believe that statement to be absolutely correct. Over the years there has been a gap between nursing practice and nursing research and theory, despite this gap, however, new theories are developed out of practice. The reality is that theory must be applied in practice, and real world practice must influence theory. Just as no one theory can be concretely applied to nursing, there is also no one way to practice. In nursing, we have theories which guide practice, but in the real world how a nurse deals with a situation may not always follow the theory. There are too many variables that can change when dealing with real people. Understanding theory is important as it provides the basis of nursing practice, but a theory is just that; theory. Patients have a tendency not to follow the textbook, textbook perfect patients simply do not exist.
- Fall '19
- Nursing, Reality, nursing practice, Glanz