Focuses on three areas of enquiry central to unrsing theory and practice: knowledge, persons and care.
This book provides an introduction to a new and emerging area of nursing scholarship, that of philosophy of nursing. It describes the nature of philosophy of nursing and then focuses on three areas of enquiry central to nursing theory and practice: knowledge, persons and care. Having developed positive accounts of these key areas the nature of nursing is then examined. Throughout there is critical engagement with the work of leading nurse writers, in particular Benner and Wrubel, and Carper.
Introduction.- The Nature of Philosophy of Nursing.- Nursing Knowledge (i): Propositional and Practical Knowledge.- Nursing Knowledge (ii): Carper and Benner on Knowledge.- Nursing the Person (i): Ontology.- Nursing the Person (ii): A Person as a Narrative.- Caring in Nursing (i): Intentional Care.- Caring in Nursing (ii): Ontological Care.- Nature of Nursing (i): Nursing as Science.- Nature of Nursing (ii): Nursing as Art or Practice.- The Prospects for a Theory of Nursing.- Glossary.- Bibliography.- Index.