not to follow the textbook, textbook perfect patients simply do not exist. A good nurse knows the theory but also understands that theory does not always apply in every situation. Essentially, a good nurse knows how to adapt theory to handle the situation at hand. It is important for nurses to understand the reality of combining nursing theory with nursing practice, however, just as with most career fields, there must be guidelines. The guidelines for nursing practice are developed through nursing theory, and the theories need to be researched to prove the validity of said theory. This constant evolution of nursing theory is more important today than ever before. With the constantly changing technology in the medical field, development and research of new theories is inevitable.
Finally, as these new theories are validated by research, they are implemented into practice, which then requires health care professionals to be educated in these new theories so that they can fully understand and integrate them into their practice (Kearney- Nunnery, 2016). Glanz, Rimer, and Lewis (2002) quote, stated above, reinforces my belief that nursing and all medicine is a fluid entity. Improvements and changes are not made by one person or organization, but rather by the nursing community as a whole. Every nurse, not just the researchers, has the potential to create change; “ Theory and research are not solely the province of the academic” (Glanz, Rimer, Lewis, 2002). Similarly,
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