Nursing sientists.... - page 3

Am I the only nursing student going nuts over all the nursing sientists, like Florence Nighitngale, Virginia Henderson, Kari Martinsen, Katie Eriksson etc etc. :uhoh3: I once counted it, and I think... Read More

  1. by   nursemaa
    Quote from 1Tulip
    I got you now. OK. I guess I flinched, because that anti-MD thing has, in the whole lamentable history of nursing theory, actually been articulated by (Papaw John's) "professional" types. Theory was all the rage in the early to mid 70's, when the feminist movement was gaining strength. The ol' gals that ran graduate departments in schools of nursing deliberately tried to define nursing away from all of that physical/patho/pharm dependent-nursing functions. Thus setting up that false dichotomy that still has some currency in some academic circles.
    I know, and some of them went way out there, didn't they?? I actually believe nursing is a wonderful blend of science and emotional/spiritual/psych. I wonder if sometimes that's the difficult part for some nurses- if you tend to be a very scientific thinker you struggle with the psych/emotional/spiritual part, and vice-versa. Anyway, although I think most of the theorists are a little crazy, I do enjoy reading their thoughts- I tend to think of them more as philosophies than theories though. Kolcaba's comfort theory is one that makes sense to me, as does Orem's self-care. Most of the others are too far out there for me to get a handle on!:wink2:
  2. by   1Tulip
    Quote from nursemaa
    I know, and some of them went way out there, didn't they?? I actually believe nursing is a wonderful blend of science and emotional/spiritual/psych. I wonder if sometimes that's the difficult part for some nurses- if you tend to be a very scientific thinker you struggle with the psych/emotional/spiritual part, and vice-versa. Anyway, although I think most of the theorists are a little crazy, I do enjoy reading their thoughts- I tend to think of them more as philosophies than theories though. Kolcaba's comfort theory is one that makes sense to me, as does Orem's self-care. Most of the others are too far out there for me to get a handle on!:wink2:
    I think we agree, but you're a more patient and generous person than I am. I must admit that some of the ol' gals really get under my skin. However, let me suggest that even emotional responses can be studied scientifically. You can develop a hypothesis about them, control some variables, study responses, measure them and apply statistical tests and make conclusions. So, it seems to me that you don't have to "choose" between being scientific and being empathetic.

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