Hi everyone! I have to write a research paper about nursing theorists and my personal nursing theory/philosophy. Does anyone have any info or sources that might help me. I seem to be hitting a dead end. I have no idea what my personal nursing theory is - or how I can make one up! Has anyone else written a paper like this before? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
I have to admit, I somehow managed to dodge/ignore most of that stuff in school. UNM was much more focused on managment and health policy than nursing theory.
Having said that, I have a few thoughts for you. First off, Google. There are a number of famous nursing theorists out there (and a few of them are real wackos IMO). A standard nursing text is likely to emphasize just the favorite approach of the authors; but Google will give you a bunch of names to follow up on.
Second, how much time and energy do you have for this? When I was doing a different degree I used any paper as an excuse to learn Torah. Any topic that I could think and write about from a Jewish perspective, I tried to do so. So, you're Jewish, no? You're going to be a nurse, no? Now's a great time (they did ask for your philosophy, after all) to start figuring out what it means to you to be a Jewish nurse, and get credit for it!
B'hatzlaha! Let us all now what specific help you want.
Thanks for the replies! Unfortunately. I don't have much time, since the paper is due on Monday!!! Yes, Rivka it should be a BSN assignment but my ASN program is crazy (as you know) and they assigned this even though we never learnt about nursing theory or theorists before. The assignment is a combination of both my own theory and famous theorists. They did provide a list of famous theorists and I am trying to connect it to my personal Jewish nursing theory(if I can figure out what that is). I'm going to try to do more research and get back to you. Thanks again for responding
As far as your own philosophy of nursing goes, it may turn out to be easier than you think. How does nursing enhance your fulfillment as a Jew? What characteristics does it bring to the fore that fulfill your aspirations in Torah? What mitzvot do you have unique opportunities to do?
It's all about kind, competent, reliable patient care...and getting home to tell the tale!
Thank you so much for the information!!! It was so nice of you to take the time to actually look for info for me! I'm looking through the websites now. Also, your google link led me to a nursing website (www.enursescribe.com) that is helpful in many different areas as well. I'll try to let you know how it turns out. And yes I know that Monday is very soon, my biggest problem is called procrastination. Besides that Purim took up most of my Spring Break. Thanks again!
I don't know if its too late, but my personal nursing philosophy involves providing holistic nursing care, assessing the patient as a whole being and not just made up of parts and problems. All nursing assessments, diagnosis, planning and evaluations have to take into account the patient as a whole being. For example if the patient has diabetes and is Jewish, meal planning has to take into account his religious obligations, same if the pt is Muslim etc. If the patient has a wound and is married, treatments have to include asethetics, ability to have intimate relations etc. If the patient is a student, all treatments should take into account his study schedule and the ability to attend all his classes. All humans deserve respect and treatments should reflect that. Good Luck- dont panic, I;m sure it will turn out GREAT!
Thank you so much everyone for all of your help re: my nursing theory research paper. I'm sorry I didn't let you know how it went sooner, I've been busy with school and trying to make up everything I missed over Pesach Baruch Hashem I just recently found out that I did very well on my paper - I got a 9.5/10! I wrote about Emma Watson, the nursing theorist who developed the Caring Theory. I wrote about how my personal theory is very similar. In addition we had a section to write about our 5 year plan after becoming a RN which included a question about a nursing organization that we would like to join. So, I of course wrote about all the wonderful aspects and benefits of being a member of the Association of Orthodox Jewish Nurses. So all of us members are now famous (well sort of)! Once again thank you so much everyone for all of your help, suggestions, and most importantly support and encouragement. I was a bit overwhelmed (which caused me to procrastinate and become more overwhelmed!) and your comments helped me to realize that the topic was not so difficult (although finding current American Nursing journal articles took the most time and effort) and that I could perservere and write a good report! THANK YOU!!!