What is a philosophy of nursing? What is required for its development? How is it related to contemporary conceptualizations of nursing? Answers to these and other questions are pursued by leading nursing scholars in this important new book. It will help the researcher gain a better grasp of what it will take to establish a sound philosophical basis for the development of nursing practice, education, research and administration.
Establishing Common Ground in Nursing Philosophy
Until recently nurses had sought common ground in nursing philosophy in the form of a single (common) philosophy of nursing that would guide the activities of all nurses. Consistent with the prevailing social move toward pluralism and individualism, many nurses have abandoned that pursuit. Yet some of these very same nurses insist that we, in nursing, must identify the central concerns of nursing, that nursing's development as a discipline depends on our doing so.
We are told that, if the central concerns of nursing are not identified, nursing will continue to be directed by other disciplines and that nurses will continue to study nursing problems inappropriately through the lens of other disciplines, or to study ...