I just found this post and was compelled to read all 11 pages. Have to agree with a few posters- one of the best with few negative/critical posts. I struggled with nursing theory, but Patricia Benner was my instructor (yes, really!) when I went to UCSF. (She's in Boston now...) I loved llq and Moogie's posts. Yes, I think we need to combine theory with EBP. "Mindbodyspirit"? That's what we do as nurses. As posted, I don't just give a pill. I think nursing theory describes, identifies, quantifies what we do as nurses. Thanks to previous posters for fascinating blog!