Title

Practice theories in nursing and a science of nursing practice.

Document Type

Article

Date of Original Version

1-1-1994

Abstract

The claim that knowledge about clients, client problems, and nursing therapeutics is enough to make nursing practice scientific is refuted on the basis that practice theories in nursing must encompass not only theories addressing these aspects but also those dealing with practice issues pertaining to the nurse-agent in action. A comprehensive framework specifying two dimensions of focus for practice theories is proposed to examine different types of practice theories in nursing and it is further used to frame a science of nursing practice as a subset of nursing science at large. Knowledge development for a science of nursing practice is then examined within four possible paradigms founded on different ontological and epistemological views.

Publication Title

Scholarly inquiry for nursing practice

Volume

8

Issue

2

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