Advancing the Discipline of Nursing
Gail J. Mitchell Nurs Sci Q 2004 17: 128 DOI: 10.1177/0894318404263264 The online version of this article can be found at: http://nsq.sagepub.com/content/17/2/128.1.citation
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She also describes how Watson’s framework guides thinking and acting in her roles as educator and researcher. Readers are invited to reflect on the application of Watson’s theory and to consider how theory guides their own ways of acting and speaking with persons and families. The future of nursing lies in the experiences of nurses like Bernick who have the commitment to learn to practice nursing in a way that advances the knowledge base of a discipline.
Gail J. Mitchell, RN; PhD
application of nursing theories and frameworks in their various practices with persons from life to death. Providing nurses with opportunities to read about these advances and applications, and to reflect on the meaningfulness of different theoretical approaches, meets the goals of this scholarly journal. The column is written by a nurse in advanced practice who shows how Watson’s caring-healing theory guides and directs her practice with older persons. Bernick describes caring moments and transformative relationships that sustain her
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nurse, I have the privilege of being with people as they tell about their lives and their varied health situations. I am often awed by the courage, strength, resilience, and determination revealed by individuals and their families as they try to enhance quality of life within day to day challenges. Guided by Watson’s (1985, 1988, 1999) theory of caring-healing and health, I bring to my nursing practice a heightened sensitivity and awareness of the uniqueness of individuals. Listening at-
Editor’s Note: Send comments regarding this column or ideas for future columns to Gail J. Mitchell, RN, PhD, Assistant Professor, York University, 809-2267 Lakeshore Blvd. West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M8V 3X2; phone: (416) 253-1532; e-mail: gail@ gailmitchell.ca
Nursing Science Quarterly, Vol. 17 No. 2, April 2004, 128-134 DOI: 10.1177/0894318404263374 © 2004 Sage Publications
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