Part III: Nightingale’s Neglected “Upstream” Advocacy

This is the third in a series focusing on Seacole and NightingalePart I: Debunking A “Bitter Rivalry”: The Notable Works of Mary Seacole and Florence NightingalePart II: The Nursing/Healing Work of Mary Seacole: Skillful Nurse and Doctress It is clearly beyond the scope of a blog to highlight Nightingale’s many achievements and it is unnecessary, … Continue reading Part III: Nightingale’s Neglected “Upstream” Advocacy

A Radical Imagination for Nursing?

In a recent article published by Nursing Philosophy, I make the case for cultivating a radical imagination for nursing. In this blog post, I will explore the connections between this radical imagination and its possibilities for nursing theory. The realities of the COVID19 pandemic have created hardships that we all experience, albeit in different ways. … Continue reading A Radical Imagination for Nursing?

Is Medicine a Trade or a Discipline or Profession?

Nursology is regarded as a discipline and a profession, which means that nursology constitutes distinctive knowledge encompassing nursological philosophies, conceptual models, grand theories, middle-range theories, and situation-specific theories (see all content on https://nursology.net and also https://nursology.net/2018/09/24/our-name-why-nursology-why-net/).Medicine, in contrast, is a trade. This assertion is based on my search of literature for several years and pondering … Continue reading Is Medicine a Trade or a Discipline or Profession?

Be careful what you wish for…

2020 was the year that… “Be careful what you wish for,” once again became imprinted in my brain as truth. In early 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced that 2020 would be the “International Year of the Nurse and Nurse Midwife.” Among colleagues, there was lots of excitement about this. What would we do … Continue reading Be careful what you wish for…

Connotations of Research Speak: The Meaning of Words Used in Research Reports

Do we allow or invite people to participate in research? Do we refer to people who volunteer to be in a study as subjects or respondents or informants or participants or people? This blog is about the language we use when we present or publish our research. The impetus for this blog was a colleague’s … Continue reading Connotations of Research Speak: The Meaning of Words Used in Research Reports

Nursing and Racism: Are We Part of the Problem, Part of the Solution, or Perhaps Both?

One of the first "lessons" in my now-long-ago nursing education was "the nursing process." This was in the early 1960s, almost a decade before anyone spoke of nursing theory, but the University of Hawaii (my alma mater) had modeled the curriculum on that of the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) which was designed … Continue reading Nursing and Racism: Are We Part of the Problem, Part of the Solution, or Perhaps Both?

What is Real Nursing and Who are Real Nurses? Perspectives from Japan

Thank you to the graduate students and faculty from St. Mary's College, Kurume, Japan, who contributed to this blog! Hayes (2018) published a thought-provoking article, "Is OR Nursing Real Nursing," in the September 2018 issue of the Massachusetts Report on Nursing. Her article was the catalyst for my invitation to students enrolled in the Fall … Continue reading What is Real Nursing and Who are Real Nurses? Perspectives from Japan

Are We Ready to Utilize Concept Analyses To Advance Nursology? Could This Be a Way Forward?

“Rosemary, we found a recent citation of your research”, is a message I receive from ResearchGate whenever there is a new citation to my work! One message was another citation to one of my early papers (Eustace & Ilagan, 2010), which was the report of a concept analysis of HIV disclosure, published in the Journal … Continue reading Are We Ready to Utilize Concept Analyses To Advance Nursology? Could This Be a Way Forward?

What makes a theory or model “nursing”?

To our readers: the Nursology.net blog exists to prompt thoughtful discussion of critical issues related to the development of nursing knowledge.  We welcome your thoughts, challenges, alternative points of view, and critical questions!  Do not hesitate to comment on this or any other post at any time!  You are our "peer reviewers" and your perspectives … Continue reading What makes a theory or model “nursing”?