The nurse's liberation : an evolutionary epistemological paradigm for nursing

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Carol Jean Murphey (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Sarah M. Robinson

Abstract: Rapidly changing technology and complex bureaucracies in health care institutions represent modern society's attempt to deal with human problems. But it may seem to those nurses whose altruistic values led them to choose their profession that such progressions serve only to further complicate health care. The challenge to nurses is to maintain clear vision in their own practice so that health care will continue to improve. This study offers an evolutionary epistemological paradigm in an effort to explain the evolution of theoretical approaches in nursing as society has become more technologically sophisticated. Nurses' social consciousness must grow in sophistication to balance the technology. This study explores the evolution of nursing theory development from pre-humans caring for their young to Florence Nightingale's military traditionalism to humanist views of Dorthea Orem and Martha Rogers to the professional socialization theory of Ada Jacox. The expanded paradigm offers a place for spiritual reality and healing arts adopted from ancient cultures. Hence, the paradigm attempts to reveal the evolutionary balance of practical technology with spiritual and moral reality, supported by the writings of Ken Wilber and Martin Buber.

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Language: English
Date: 1987
Nursing $x Research
Nursing ethics
Nurses $x Attitudes

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