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Patricia Benner's introduction to phenomenology develops the reader's understanding of the strategies and processes involved in this innovative approach to nursing. The author discusses the relationship between theory and practice, considers the possibility of a science of caring from a feminist perspective, introduces interpretive phenomenology to the study of natural groups such as families, and suggests a basis for developing nursing ethics that is true to the caring and healing practices of the nursing profession.

A Theoretical Foundation for Nursing as a Science
A theoretical foundation for nursing as a science
RagnarFjellandEvaGjengedal
The Aim of a Science of Nursing

During the last three decades theoretical disciplines have grown out of several professional activities that were once regarded as mainly practical. The aim of the theoretical efforts has been to lay a theoretical foundation for the practical activity. One of these activities is nursing. In the United States nursing has for years been taught at the university level, and several theories of nursing have been developed. But does nursing, which is basically a practical activity, really need these theories? One justification for the development of theories and research is that they are necessary components in a professional education. On the other hand, it is ...

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