Next, we will begin our theoretical journey through the various milestones that provided an impetus to the growth of theories, and trace the evolution of nursing theoretical foundations. As you go through the theory development timeline from its beginnings, with the ideas of Florence Nightingale to theories developed in the last several years, you will examine the ways in which these theories have influenced the practice of the discipline. The ability to analyze and evaluate a theory is critical for understanding theory-based nursing practice. It also facilitates the development of a theoretical perspective that will help to frame potential research questions. This week will familiarize you with the elements of theory critique and allow you to test the user-friendly quotient of a theory, as well as its strengths and weaknesses. We will conclude this week with an examination of the reasons behind the persistent efforts to explore and eliminate the theory-practice gap and to understand the need for correlating content studied in the classroom to actual experiences in clinical nursing.
Page 5 of 2 NSG 6006 Pre-Specialty Evaluation ©2017 South University 5 Nursing Theory NSG 6006 Week 3 This week helped you to understand the evolution of theories over the past few decades. Here are the key points covered: There are many barriers and stimulants in the theory development process, which are either professional or social. Knowledge and gender can act as barriers and at the same time be forces that stimulate the theory development process. A nursing professional must have an understanding of barriers and stimulants in order to influence theoretical advancement. Theory is made up of three structural elements; context, content, and process. Theory development depends on research. Theories emerge from areas like nursing practice, nursing education, nursing research, and existing theory. Various milestones in theory development, right from 1955 to the present, help to understand the evolution of theories and the context of changes that occurred through the decades. Conducting a theory critique is the best way to analyze its relevance to practice. Theory critique also helps to develop a theoretical perspective and formulate potential research questions. Evaluation of a theory should focus on the depth and breadth of content. Bridging the theory-practice gap is one of the major concerns of nursing professionals because what happens in clinical practice must be correlated to what is provided in the textbook. Theory Development – Barrier and Stimulants Development of a theoretical body of knowledge, unique to the nursing domain, is directly proportional to equivalent strides taken in the area of research. Effective integration of theory and practice is essential for the survival and growth of the nursing profession. To continue the cycle of meaningful advancements, researchers need to identify barriers and overcome them. Along with this, they also need to take note of factors that stimulate the process of theory development. Let's examine how knowledge has played a
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- Nursing, Nursing Theory NSG