This project was conceived and developed by members of the Theory-Guided Practice Expert Panel of the American Academy of Nursing in the fall of 2017. The members of the Expert Panel recognized a growing crisis described by Elizabeth Barrett in her article titled “What is nursing Science – Again?” Responses to Barrett’s article by members of the Expert Panel were subsequently published in Nursing Science Quarterly, acknowledging factors that have contributed to the crisis of confidence in the discipline, and joining Barrett in a call for ongoing discussion of this question in the face of social and political forces shaping the discipline (see references below). As an outgrowth of the discussions these writings prompted, this website was born, with initial content and features unveiled in September, 2018. Our initial purposes reflect the concerns that prompted this project:
- Be the nurse led, nurse developed repository providing the most current and accurate information about nursing discipline-specific knowledge that advances human betterment globally.
- Promote nursing discipline-specific knowledge that will advance human betterment globally.
- Facilitate dissemination of nursing knowledge across time.
- Provide access to links to nursing theory based organizations, conferences, seminal publications and ongoing work in practice, research, education, and health policy.
- Foster collaboration among nursing scholars at local, regional, national, and international levels.
The initial management team was chaired by Jacqueline Fawcett, and the initial website was developed by Peggy Chinn. Members of the team were Linda Rousell, Margaret Pharris, Marian Turkel, Rosemary Eustace, Dorothy Jones, Leslie Nicoll, Patrick Palmieri, Jane Flanagan and Danny Willis.
Barrett, E. A. M. (2017). Again, What Is Nursing Science? Nursing Science Quarterly, 30(2), 129–133. https://doi.org/10.1177/0894318417693313
Turkel, M. C., Fawcett, J., Amankwaa, L., Clarke, P. N., Dee, V., Eustace, R., … Zahourek, R. (2018). Thoughts About Nursing Curricula: Dark Clouds and Bright Lights. Nursing Science Quarterly, 31(2), 185–189. https://doi.org/10.1177/0894318418755734
Turkel, M., Fawcett, J., Chinn, P. L., Eustace, R., Hansell, P. S., Smith, M. C., … Zahourek, R. (2018). Thoughts About Advancement of the Discipline: Dark Clouds and Bright Lights. Nursing Science Quarterly, 31(1), 82–85. https://doi.org/10.1177/0894318417741121