HELP!!! Theoretical framework....

  1. I am starting my thesis on the use of FemoStops and manual pressure when removing femoral sheaths but the problem is I can't think of what theoretical framework to use! I was thinking about using Orlando's Theory of Nursing Process but that focuses more on communication and I don't know that it really fits. My instructor is absolutely no help with this.
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  3. by   llg
    Most of the major nursing theories are focused more on the nurse/patient relationship and on the psycho-social aspects of nursing than on the physiological and/or the performance of a technical skill. That's the root of your problem.

    Assuming that you must use a nursing theory to meet the requirements of your assignment ... I recommend that you review the theories that you are comfortable with, looking for where the "safe and effective provision of phyisical care" fits into each theory. Many theories mention the need for the nurse to provide safe and effective physical care, preserve oxygenation, support normal physiological functions, etc. For example: Henderson's definition of nursing as "doing for the patient what he would do for himself is he had the skill, knowledge, etc. .." could be the key to using that theory. Maintaining physiological homeostasis during the procedure would link up with Rogers. Even Watson includes "Attending to supportive, protective, and/or corrective mental, physical, societal, and spritual envrionments" that enables the use of the theory to discuss physiological support.

    Get 2 or 3 nursing textbooks and skim the theorists looking for that particular linkage. You should be able to find one that works well enough for you. Pick the one that best suits your philosophy of nursing in general -- and also has some sort of statement saying that the role of the nurse is to provide safe and effective physical care, preserve circulation and oxygenation, etc.

    Look at the Synergy Model. I don't have the details in front of me, but as it was designed as a professional practice model for ICU nursing, it should accommodate a physiological/technical focus fairly well.

    No ... you won't find a model that deals directly with your research question. But you will find many models that incorporate the idea that the nurse should provide competent phyisical care for the well-being of the patinet. Doing research into what actually is the best way to provide physical care would then be a legitimate nursing question according to that model.
    Last edit by llg on Feb 1, '10
  4. by   llltapp
    Middle Range Theory for Nursing, 2nd edition. by Mary Jane Smith and Patiricia Lehr has some great workable theories that are a little more real-world friendly. I went to school back in the day of the broad sweeping theories lol. Browse through it on your online library.
  5. by   pipersjo
    Thank you both so much! Unfortunately, I know all too well that most theories won't fit snuggly with my subject but it is part of the assignment and I was stuck! I had a theory class last semester that was the bane of my existance- good thing about that is that I have a good theory text!
  6. by   Pixie.RN
    Moved thread to the post-grad forum (vs. the GN forum) to encourage responses.
  7. by   pipersjo
    Thank you! I thought I was posting in the right forum