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

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

Nurse as Patient

I listened with great interest to the webinar presentation by Shannon Zenk, PhD, MPH, RN, FAAN, Director, National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), on “The Future of Nursing Research: Innovation, Collaboration and Impact,” to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing on April 28, 2022. Dr. Zenk outlined the priorities of the NINR (2022) as … Continue reading Nurse as Patient

Closing the “Secondary” Research-Theory-Practice-Application Gap: Charting a Path for Advancement of Nursology Knowledge in Implementation Science

with co-contributor Jacqueline Fawcett The purpose of this blog is to highlight the importance of nursology theories in the field of implementation science- a science that focuses on generating knowledge about the “research-theory-practice-application” gap between evidence-based interventions (i.e. effective interventions) and how these interventions work or are applied (i.e. implementation strategies) in the “real-world” usual/routine … Continue reading Closing the “Secondary” Research-Theory-Practice-Application Gap: Charting a Path for Advancement of Nursology Knowledge in Implementation Science

Families in transition in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU): A vision according to Meleis Transitions Theory

Paulo António Ávila do Couto Rocha Meleis' Transitions Theory gives a plan and means to understand, communicate and interpret what families experience when facing changes that affect their wellbeing. Meleis provides structure to evaluate the nature of disconnections from valuable relationships in the family, and changes in their daily life routines (Meleis, 2010). These changes … Continue reading Families in transition in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU): A vision according to Meleis Transitions Theory

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

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

Life-Work Balance: A Roper-Logan-Tierney Model of Nursing Perspective

The scarcity of the nursologist workforce, coupled with the huge challenges of the current pandemic have underscored the need for care of ourselves as we live in a time of personal, professional, and political uncertainty about what will happen to each of us and our significant others and when whatever will happen will occur. We … Continue reading Life-Work Balance: A Roper-Logan-Tierney Model of Nursing Perspective