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Ragnar Fjelland & Eva Gjengedal

In: Interpretive Phenomenology: Embodiment, Caring, and Ethics in Health and Illness

Chapter 1: A Theoretical Foundation for Nursing as a Science

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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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