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NR501- importance of theory paper

Importance of Theory

Kelsey R. Gasaway

Chamberlain College of Nursing

NR501:Theoretical Basis for Advanced Nursing Practice

March 2016


Importance of Theory

            Nursing theory is used to explore how science and medical knowledge have impacted the advancement of nursing theories over the years. Nursing theory has experienced a significant transformation over the last few decades. In the late 1800’s, Florence Nightingale defined what it was to be a nurse and how it was more than a caregiver role because it required skill and knowledge. It wasn’t until a century later, that the concept of nursing was changed from a subservient caretaker to a profession with its own foundational concepts and theories to guide practice which marked the beginning of nursing theory development (McEwen & Willis, 2014). In this paper, I will be conducting a theory analysis on Jean Watson’s Theory of Human Caring. Watson incorporates Nightingale’s concept that all nursing actions are guided by the nurses’ caring. The subsequent sections of this analysis are:  The Importance of Nursing Theory in General, Summary of Watson’s Theory of Human Caring, Application of Watson’s Theory in Leadership, and
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