Theory is going to kill me!

  1. :uhoh21: Ok, not literally, but come on...how much theory do I really need? I do understand it's usefulness to a point, but it is just not something that I can really wrap my hands around, you know? Anyone else struggling with this kind of thing. I just keep telling myself that I need to "jump through these hoops", then the non theory classes will really get rolling and so will clinicals. Now if I could just stop dreading the THESIS...

    Chopper
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  3. by   traumaRUs
    The theory is the hardest for me to wade through - mostly because its so obtuse and nebulous! I'm more cut and dried: you have a problem, I'll fix it or find someone that can.
  4. by   zenman
    Stop fighting it and relax. Theory can guide you in your practice...how you view the person, the system, their world... and what you can do to help them.
  5. by   mtnmom
    zenman is right. just relax and try to go with the flow.
  6. by   christvs
    I know theory is supposed to help us out in our critical thinking and in our practice, but I agree that it is not the easiest thing to study nor the most exciting!
  7. by   Chopper
    Thanks guys, I know what you mean...it just seems like a lot right now. I do understand the benefits and it can open your eyes to how you could have handled things differently in a given situation and hopefully utilize in further encounters. The reading just doesn't allow for a quick read, you know? That's how it goes, thanks for the "pep talk"!

    Chopper
  8. by   traumaRUs
    You know as a new APN - I use much more of my nursing experience then I what I learned in school.
  9. by   llg
    Quote from Chopper
    Thanks guys, I know what you mean...it just seems like a lot right now. I do understand the benefits and it can open your eyes to how you could have handled things differently in a given situation and hopefully utilize in further encounters. The reading just doesn't allow for a quick read, you know? That's how it goes, thanks for the "pep talk"!

    Chopper
    I'm teaching a nursing theory course this semester and I am appalled at the quality of the textbooks available! As a long-time staff development instructor, I am accustommed to approaching a topic (and my students) with the idea of "selling" them on the topic. I want the students to appreciate the material -- and I certainly don't want them to be miserable and hate the class.

    Someone needs to write a better textbook. If I ever win the lottery so that I don't have to work full time, maybe I'll do that. But in the meantime, this Associate Professor is hating the reading as much as her students!

    llg
  10. by   Ginger's Mom
    someone lent me there copy of fawcett's book, i found it most helpful, better than the text selected i purchased it.

    http://www.fadavis.com/online_store/...token=62237238
    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Feb 1, '07 : Reason: corrected link
  11. by   Selke
    Quote from mtnmom
    zenman is right. just relax and try to go with the flow.
    "Going with the flow" is a probably a theory in itself!
  12. by   ICUSurg/TraumaRN
    Thank goodness I'm not the only one...my patho class is great, and I'm struggling with this theory!!
  13. by   mtnmom
    Quote from Anon Nurse
    "Going with the flow" is a probably a theory in itself!
    well, then I need my own chapter in a theory book somewhere. because that is what I live and breathe by....by necessity.
  14. by   zacsmimi
    I thought that the theory was the biggest crapload I ever saw.
    Then something dawned on me this summer during a research course (of all things) and now I get it. I still am not sure I really NEED it but its not a bad idea to pick one or two of them and immerse yourself so that you really get it. Then when you have to write something for someone that includes a theorist's viewpoint you are all set
    They make you do even more of it in grad school.

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