Please Help! - Nursing Theory

  1. Hello Everyone

    Can anyone help me out here? I have to do a Critique of a nursing theory for a foundations of inquiry subject. This is a little new to me so I was wondering if anyone knows of an interesting theory I may work on. Any input would be appreciated.

    Regards

    Desperate student
    Tracy
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   jayna
    Have you been given a nursing theorist or you have to develop your own Nursing theory?

    Sugestion: Some nursing theorist model................. Quality of nursing care theory or Transcultural nursing theory or Theory of Caring or Theory of nursing as Caring.
    The list goes on............................
  4. by   Richo
    Hi There Jayna, at first we were told we had to do a theory from topic 4 of our study guide which introduced 3 theories - Activities of Daily Living; Self Care; and Epidemiology (are these theories as such?),so I emailed him and asked if they were the actual theories he wanted us to critique and he has now come back and said that I may chose any nursing theory from any text book and critique it. Sorry if I seem a bit vague but have only just started reading this subject as I am doing 3 others at the moment. So I guess I just need to pick a theory and review it, well thats sort of how I understand it. I now wish I had started working on this particular subject earlier as I am struggling to grasp some of the concepts, though find it easier to work on one subject/assignment at a time. Thanks for your input it is much appreciated.

    Cheers Tracy

    Quote from jayna
    Have you been given a nursing theorist or you have to develop your own Nursing theory?

    Sugestion: Some nursing theorist model................. Quality of nursing care theory or Transcultural nursing theory or Theory of Caring or Theory of nursing as Caring.
    The list goes on............................
  5. by   jayna
    Youre' welcome and Good luck with your assignment.
  6. by   gwenith
    I personally like Dorethea Orem's theory - it has the advantages of simplicity and clarity. Calista Roy I have found to be a little complex.


    http://www.lib.flinders.edu.au/resou...ingtheory.html

    This gives some very good overviews of the theorists and might help you choose one that you can related to.
  7. by   canoehead
    Nursing theory is always soooo much more enlightening when you have had some "mind enhancement", try that.
  8. by   jayna
    [quote=gwenith]i personally like dorethea orem's theory - it has the advantages of simplicity and clarity. calista roy i have found to be a little complex.

    self-care deficit theory (dorothea orem's ) yeah i agree with you.
  9. by   Richo
    Thanks to all of you who replied to me. I have chosen a nursing process theory by Ida Jean Orlando. It is a mid-range theory and doesnt seem too hard to follow. Just have to try and find more on it now. I have a few textbooks and have found one website which is ok so will just keep plodding. If anyone knows much about this particular theory, or about doing a critique on a theory any input would be appreciated.

    Kind Regards

    Tracy
  10. by   lckynrs1956
    Hi Richo,
    Ithink Roy's model is very interesting. Boston College has good information on her and the model. Good Luck!
  11. by   spaniel
    Florence Nightingale's theory actually "counts" among professors. Truly a person before her "time". Leininger's transcultural might be a good one. I enjoy Jean Watson personally. You can look up Watson on the Web.
  12. by   angelica vera
    help. i don't know how to develop Nursing theory.
  13. by   ghillbert
    Anyone doing a nursing degree should have nursing theories coming out their ears (well, I certainly did!). This type of assignment requires you to read some, decide which one/s are applicable to the practice you're interested in, and explain how it's relevant. Many nursing theories are very airy-fairy so you need to try and explain it in simple terms.
  14. by   ceridwyn
    ps. I thought only nursing theorists would be the ones that develop a theory, you as an undergrad'or near undergrad is supposed to look at the theorists and decide which one suits which area and be critical about it, so and so theory is designed for.......its strengths are........though its weakness is........ this because it does not cover this...blah, blah, blah

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