There are 6-100 different nursing theories, my classmates think this is a good thing.
No wonder it's hard for nurses to be viewed as "professionals" when we can't even agree on a theory on which to base our practice.
Yeah, I'm trying to do homework again for my BSN and the question is:
"The nursing profession should have only one nursing theory, rather than several, to guide nursing education, practice, and research." Do you agree or disagree with this statement?
Every single classmate disagrees with this statement in the assigned discussion board, I agree. What's really eating me up is that in my personal nursing practice I see nurses using several different nursing theories to guide their practice which makes every nurse off doing their own thing.
A resident is found on the floor and is not injured.
The nurse using Henderson's Complementary-Supplementary model sees this as "illness-potential for lack of independance" The Henderson nurse will put alarms on this resident and require that whenever this resident gets up, staff will assist with mobility to prevent a broken hip which would remove independance.
The King's Theory of Goal Attainment nurse sees this as illness because the Henderson nurse put on alarms and is requiring the resident to have stand-by assistance with mobility, hence impeding the resident's social roles by slowing the resident who just wants to get to church on time because she plays the piano.
Meanwhile the Leininger's Cultural Care Theory nurse, talks to the resident and discovers that the resident laid down on the floor because the hard, cold surface felt good on her sore back and she has to play piano later, therefore, the resident is not ill at all because of the fall but because of uncontrolled pain.
Each of these three nurses send a note to the doctor all stating different things.
NURSES GET ON THE SAME PAGE! We look stupid to other professionals because we look at our patients with different filters and come up with different conclusions, so it looks like nobody knows what's going on!
Creasia, J & Parker, B. (2007) Conceptual Foundations the Bridge to Professional Nursing Practice
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