Nursing Knowledge begins with philosophical problems thatarise within nursing science. It then considers varioussolutions with the help of philosophical ideas arguingargues thatnurses ought to adopt certain philosophical positions because theyare the best solutions to the problems that nurses encounter. Thebook argues claims that the nursing standpoint has the potential todisclose a more complete understanding of human health than thecommon disease-and-dysfunction views. Because of the relationshipto practice, nursing science may freely draw theory from otherdisciplines and nursing practice unifies nursing research. Byredefining theory and philosophy, With a new philosophicalperspective on nursing science, the so-called relevance gap betweennursing theory and practice can be closed.
The final chapter of the book 'redraws the map', tocreate a new picture of nursing science based on the followingprinciples:
- Problems of practice should guide nursing research
- Practice and theory are dynamically related
- Theory research must provide the knowledge base necessary fornurse interventions, training, patient education, etc.
- Nursing research should develop midrange theories and itsresults are nursing theory is strengthened when it uses theoriesconfirmed by is integrated with other disciplines
- Clear and accessibly written
- Accurate and philosophically well-informed,
- Discusses philosophical problems in contexts familiar tonurses
- Systematically examines the philosophical issues involved innursing research
- Examines epistemology (how we know what we know), theorydevelopment, and the philosophical foundations of scientificmethodology.
- Develops a new model of nursing knowledge
Dr. Mark Risjord is Associate Professor in Philosophy atEmory University, and has a faculty appointment in the Nell HodgsonWoodruff School of Nursing. His main research areas have been inthe philosophy of social science and the philosophy ofmedicine. He was invited to has been teaching philosophy ofscience and theory development in the new PhD program in the NellHodgson School of Nursing at Emory University insince 1999. He has been awarded two competitive teaching prizes: Emory WilliamsDistinguished Teaching Award (2004) and the Excellence in TeachingAward (1997). He is presently serving as the Masse-Martin/NEHDistinguished Teaching Chair (2006-2010).
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