The Influence of Philosophy on Knowledge Development in Nursing Maryville University
The Influence of Philosophy on Knowledge Development in Nursing Our philosophy of nursing influences the process of knowledge development in nursing practice. As future Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, we are called to a duty of doing good for all of mankind, and in order to continuously meet the healthcare needs of the public, it is vital that we continuously strive to improve practice. According to McCurry, Revell, and Roy (2010), “knowledge is built upon theories, and theories, together with their philosophical bases and disciplinary goals, are the guiding frameworks for practice” (p. 42). As future Advanced Practice Registered Nurses, we must focus and reflect on our methods of practice, based on our individual philosophy of nursing and the theoretical basis for which we guide our practice. According to Kim (1999), this will help create a better understanding of the intention of practice, will encourage critical self-reflection, and will aid in the development of improved methods with which we deliver care to our patients. In the practice setting, the experiences we gain influence the development of knowledge because practice settings tend to be situation specific. There is an intimate relationship between the medical provider and the patient and areas of practice that need improvement will be identified. Meleis (2012) states “interaction is the prime source of meanings and perceptions of experiences, and participants in the activities of knowledge development are those who are developing and structuring knowledge and those about whom knowledge is developed” (p. 89). Nurses that understand the meaning behind what they do tend to search for a better understanding of human processes, monitor and evaluate responses, and share the learned experiences with others through research. When learned experiences are shared, improvements to practice...
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