Explains how nursing’s philosophical foundations influence your nursing practice and provides at least two specific examples

Assignment: Philosophy of Nursing

What is your philosophy when it comes to nursing? Which aspects of your philosophy do you think reflect the philosophical influences that have shaped the profession and are likely shared by other nurses? Which aspects of your philosophy reflect your personal values, beliefs, experiences, and unique perspective? How is your philosophy demonstrated through your practice?

This Assignment provides an opportunity for you to examine your philosophy of nursing within the context of the information presented this week.

To prepare:

Review the information presented in the Learning Resources with your own philosophy of nursing in mind. Focus on any new insights you gained from the readings and how they influence your philosophy.

Reflect on how philosophy influences scientific approaches or knowledge development in nursing.

Examine how positivism and post-positivism have influenced approaches to nursing science (including research methods) and nursing practice. Conduct additional research as necessary using credible websites and the Walden library.

Write a 6- to 7-page paper that:

Articulates your philosophy of nursing identifying the philosophical influences and summarizing how this week’s readings influenced your views/beliefs.

Explains how nursing’s philosophical foundations influence your nursing practice and provides at least two specific examples.

Answers the question: What is the relationship between philosophy and knowledge development? How is this evidenced in your nursing philosophy or practice?

Outlines how positivism and post-positivism influences approaches to nursing science (including research methods) and nursing practice as well as your own personal philosophy.

VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION : Your written assignments must follow APA guidelines. Be sure to support your work with specific citations from appropriate Learning Resources and additional scholarly sources as appropriate. Refer to the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association to ensure that your in-text citations and reference list are correct.


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Grove, S. K., Burns, N., & Gray, J. R. (2013).  The practice of nursing research:  Appraisal, synthesis, and generation of evidence (7 ed.).  St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Saunders.

Isaacs, S., Ploeg, J., & Tompkins, C. (2009).  How can Rorty help nursing science in the development of a philosophical ’foundation’? Nursing Philosophy: An International Journal For Healthcare Professionals, 10(2), 81-90. http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.1111/j.1466-769X.2008.00364.x

Mantzoukas, S., & Jasper, M. (2008). Types of nursing knowledge used to guide care of hospitalized patients. Journal Of Advanced Nursing, 62(3), 318-326. http://dx.doi.org/ doi:10.1111/j.1365-2648.2007.04587.x

McCurry, M., Revell, S., & Roy, S. (2010). Knowledge for the good of the individual and society: linking philosophy, disciplinary goals, theory, and practice.  Nursing Philosophy, 11(1), 42-52. http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.1111/j.1466-769X.2009.00423.

McEwen, M., & Wills, E. M. (2014). Theoritical Basis for Nursing (4 ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer.

Nyatanga, L., & Dann, K. (2002). Empowerment in nursing: the role of philosophical and psychological factors. Nursing Philosophy, 3(3), 234-239. Retrieved from http://web.a.ebscohost.com.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid=deee02d2-a192-4a11-85b3-af6d98c27222%40sessionmgr4008&vid=20&hid=4112

Porter, S. (2001).  Nightingale’s realist philosophy of science.  Nursing Philosophy, 2(1), 14-25. Retrieved from http://web.b.ebscohost.com.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid=75489f3b-5fe5-41a8-a2f5-9ed643834b28%40sessionmgr102&vid=6&hid=102

Sitzman, K. (2007). Teaching-learning professional caring based on Jean Watsons Theory of Human Caring. International Journal For Human Caring, 11(4), 8-16. Retrieved from http://web.a.ebscohost.com.ezp.waldenulibrary.org/ehost/pdfviewer/pdfviewer?sid=103fbf15-3c4c-49e4-b746-0c87d4073594%40sessionmgr4010&vid=7&hid=4112

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