Using the Neuman Systems Model with GRIT

Contributor: Betsy M. McDowell, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF I live in a southern state of the United States. Southerners are known for eating grits, whether as shrimp and grits, grits casserole, cheese grits, or numerous other grits recipes. So, it may be surprising that I personally have never been a big fan of grits. I … Continue reading Using the Neuman Systems Model with GRIT

Morality Police and Steel Rape: Our Future from the 1800s

Contributor: Marsha Fowler, Ph.D., MDiv, MS, RN, FAAN The skirmishes and battles have changed, but the war has not. First wave feminists battled the constellation of the regulation of prostitutes, the control of venereal disease, and the toxic sexual double standard.  Our battle today is the callous and obdurate slaughter of Roe v Wade, a … Continue reading Morality Police and Steel Rape: Our Future from the 1800s

Combining Theoretical Frameworks to Study Feeding Experiences in Mothers of Children with Down Syndrome

Contributor:Emma Marston, RN, BSN, CLC In this post, I discuss my rationale for combining two theoretical frameworks - feminist theory and an ecological model - to study maternal experiences related to food and feeding children with Down syndrome. First, I acknowledge my positionality: I am a PhD candidate in nursing and a white, married, heterosexual … Continue reading Combining Theoretical Frameworks to Study Feeding Experiences in Mothers of Children with Down Syndrome

Emancipatory Knowing Praxis

Contributor/Nurse/Artist: Tashaé Gomez-Jones In the spirit of the U.S. Independence Day celebrated on July 4th, we welcome this powerful image from recent BSN graduate Tashaé Gomez-Jones, inspired by the concept of emancipatory knowing in nursing! My name is Tashaé Gomez-Jones. I am a recent BSN graduate from Heritage University located on the Yakama Nation reservation … Continue reading Emancipatory Knowing Praxis

Being a nurse according to Jean Watson: the reason for being and doing

Rita Marisa Henriques Victor (Portugal) I am a nurse and completed the 1st cycle of studies in 2009, a year of great job insecurity and major lack of job offers. Workmates and friends of mine went abroad but I stayed in my country, traveling from north to south knocking on countless doors hoping that one … Continue reading Being a nurse according to Jean Watson: the reason for being and doing

Coping with the loneliness imposed by COVID-19 in light of Betty Neuman’s theory

Contributor Loredana Mihu (Portugal) I share my experience about the nursing care I provided to patients infected with COVID-19 during their hospital stay. The patients admitted to my service are mostly elderly. This is a particularly vulnerable population, either due to chronic disease, comorbidities that condition their physical and psychological dependence, and above all due … Continue reading Coping with the loneliness imposed by COVID-19 in light of Betty Neuman’s theory

Is Nursing a political thing? A brief theoretical reflection

Contributor: Liliana Barroso de Sousa (Portugal) My initial concern in writing this post is the difficulty that professional nurses have in thinking and acting in the political dimension. This reluctance is expressed in statements such as: “my policy is work” or “my party is nursing.” With the purpose of obtaining knowledge useful for understanding the … Continue reading Is Nursing a political thing? A brief theoretical reflection

Acculturation, or is it more a cultural shock?

Contributor: Kunta Gautam, MSN, MPH, CPNP Source In a brief nutshell, I would like to share my experiences in Western culture versus Southeast Asian culture. I learned many different things with acculturation in western culture regarding self-care. The cultural practices in western culture emphasize self-care as an essential part of daily lives. Rituals involving self-care … Continue reading Acculturation, or is it more a cultural shock?

Bullying and Victimization Among Students

Contributor - Sondatre M. Thompson Source In 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Department of Education released the first federal definition of bullying. The report includes three core elements: unwanted aggressive behavior, observed or perceived power imbalance, and repetition of bullying behaviors (U.S. Department of Education, 2019). In the United States, one out of … Continue reading Bullying and Victimization Among Students

Jean Watson’s Contribution to Understanding the Spiritual Well-Being of Caregivers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Contributor: Vanessa Silva (Portugal)* Over the centuries, human history has experienced numerous challenges in the area of health and disease, namely through the experience of pandemic realities, such as the Black Death in the 19th century and the Spanish Influenza in the 20th century, in which there was a high mortality and morbidity rate associated … Continue reading Jean Watson’s Contribution to Understanding the Spiritual Well-Being of Caregivers During the COVID-19 Pandemic