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Understanding Nursing Theory Tiffany M. Blakney University of Phoenix NSG/416: Theoretical Development and Conceptual Frameworks Professor Michelle Dorin January 17, 2021
Working in health care as a registered nurse has encouraged me to always be very careful when making decisions about patient care. From the reading this week, we read about nursing theories. We learned how our ideas and assumptions when practicing are is made up of nursing theories. From what I have learned theories are made up of ideas that solve complicated nursing problems. These theories are tested and provide a result that proves the theory is valid. When nurses are using theory there are 4 parts that are focused on to derive at a solution. The 4 functions to nursing theories are phenomenon, concept, proposition and assumptions. Firstly, phenomenon is a something that has been experience through perception using out senses (McKenna, H., 2014, p. 6). Often times when working in dialysis a phenomenon I would experience when treating new dialysis patients would be, patient has past history of medication adherence and is being treated for renal failure. The other phenomenon experience with patients had a poor record of follow up would be, Patient has history of pitting edema and is being treated for fluid overload. In the current role I work, the phenomena most frequently use is patient has a history of poor medication adherence and is being treated for elevated blood glucose levels. These are a few ways I recognized the phenomenon used when working with patient in dialysis and also in community health.

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