Nursing Philosophy

Nursing Philosophy, Model, and Theory Discussion
August 10, 2015
Sherrily Mulleneaux
Team A
Arlene Leyba
Cheann Legaspi
Alishia Keef
Mare Cassion-Toussaint
Lorna Mumo
Nursing Philosophy, Model, and Theory Discussion
      As a team, we have discussed ways to expand our view and develop a better understanding of the nursing process.   We have achieved this by reviewing the works of Patricia Benner, Martha Rogers, and last but not least Florence Nightingale. In the following paper, we summarize each of our inputs about how these nursing theorists have expanded our view of the nursing process and how each theory fits in our workday.
How we define nursing philosophy, nursing theory, and the nursing model:
      A nursing philosophy is information or an approach to reinforce our daily nursing practice. Nursing philosophy is based on ethical values and beliefs that help to guide in everyday care.
      A nursing theory is a template created to organize information (nursing philosophy) that is grounded and understandable. It is an organized plan created to instruct nurses in the care of their patients. It explains the nursing process as it relates to the nursing philosophy. It is definitions, ideas, relationships, observations. The theory is developed with practical experience and evidence-based.
      A nursing model combines nursing concepts (observable actions) and theories. It establishes roles for the nurse to utilize when caring for a patient. A nursing model is a set of guidelines that help to build a structure that nurses can use to organize information about their patients.
      As a team, we have identified the importance of the use of nursing philosophies, theories, and the nursing model to help mold our practice. This practice guideline helps us provide our patients, their families, and our communities with the best outcomes and evidenced based practices to help them achieve better health and better lives.
We have...