Quote from kate_jay
I'm currently pursuing my BSN and my nursing theory class requires us to interview 2 nurses about whether or not they use nursing theory in their practice...
So do you use nursing theory in your practice?
If so, why and how does it benefit/add to your everyday practice?
If not, why not?
Thank you so much! I appreciate any feedback!
Since I absolutely LOVED Nursing theory. I am a Patricia Benner geek
Novice to Expert shapes how I assess my practice, my colleagues, as well as my patients.
For example, I was an LPN for seven years. I reached to a Proficient status. I was able to start to put things together, comfortable with independent decisions that can benefit my patients, and can collaborate on my team effectively about plans of care for my patients.
I am now a new grad and am back to Beginner status, I recognize that I am utilizing the same characteristics of a Novice, and have accepted that aspect. Once I get enough of my current experience withing 2-3 years, I will be very comfortable because of my background Proficient status.
When it comes to patient teaching, you can utilize these aspects as well, especially in Pediatric nursing. I have taught patents on the aspects if their child's illness, and have seen parents very proficient in their child's care. One if my patients parents has managed their child's condition for five years and was great about obtaining new knowledge and building on it.
As far as co workers, I have collaborated with my preceptor on my learning style, based in my experience. She is proficient in her profession. When I had to precept with another nurse for one day, she was an advanced beginner, but had great resources that she uses. It also helps that my institution uses the clinical ladder model, which is based on Benner's theory, making an atmosphere conducive to constant education and the ability and flexibility to teach.