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.

A Philosophy of Nursing: What is it? What is it Not?

A Philosophy of Nursing: What is it? What is it Not?

A philosophy of nursing: What is it? What is it not?
Pamela J.Salsberry

Introduction: On the Nature of the Question

The question posed for this chapter is to think generally about a philosophy of nursing and to come to some understanding of what it is and what it is not. This question is an important one, for it provides a focus from which to think about what fundamentally is the discipline of nursing and to consider what kinds of statements should be included in a philosophy of nursing. Gortner (1990) has stated “that nursing philosophy represents the belief system of the profession and that it provides perspectives for practice, for scholarship, and for research” (p. 101). Meleis ...

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