Personal Reflection on the Four Concepts of the Nursing Metaparadigm According to Mezirow’s (1990) theory of transformative learning, to make meaning means to make sense of an experience (Bass, 1990). The way in which we interpret our experiences influence the decisions we make, and our actions and behaviours. In this paper, I will critically reflect on the four concepts of the nursing metaparadigm using Mezirow’s theory of transformative learning. In addition, I will explore my meaning schemes and meaning perspectives of the four concepts in the nursing metaparadigm. Furthermore, I will write down my own definition of each of the four concepts and further explain them by providing clinical examples of each definition. Moreover, I will determine which paradigm of Parse (1987) represents my concept definitions of person, environment, health, and nursing. Person
I consider a person to be a unique human being who has feelings, emotions, thoughts, and spirituality. A person can be an individual with or without mental and physical capabilities. A clinical experience that I had that would further explain this definition would be at my current work place on a palliative care floor. One day, a colleague of mine was assisting me with end of life care and I noticed that she was rushing and treating the individual as though he was not a person. I asked her to slow down, take her time and to treat the individual with respect. She responded by saying that I should not waste time because the person is dead. I told her that I believed that even a deceased individual should still be treated with dignity and respect, however she disagreed. My definition of person originated from the teachings of my parents and my culture and religion. I am of Islamic faith, and in my religion it is believed that once a person dies, their spirit is with god and therefore they are no longer...
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