Guest post: The privilege of agency: The political shortcomings of nursing theory

Contributor: Mike Taylor The four metaparadigm concepts of nursing knowledge have been human beings, environment, health and nursing process; with the state of the person at the center of the definition and achievement of health goals. The idea that an individual has the wherewithal, not only in name but also but also in action, to … Continue reading Guest post: The privilege of agency: The political shortcomings of nursing theory

Practice and Research Speak: The Words We Use to Describe Ourselves and Others

In March 2020, I posted a blog about the meaning of words used to describe the extent to wish a person’s (patient or client) behavior does not comply with, adhere to, or is concordant with what has been prescribed by nursologists or physicians. In December 2020, I posted a blog about the meaning of words … Continue reading Practice and Research Speak: The Words We Use to Describe Ourselves and Others

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?

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?

Posthumxnism and the Pandemic

Co-contributors with Jessica Dillard Wright:* Jane Hopkins Walsh Brandon Blaine Brown "One of the things that’s coming to light is how the global spread of a microscopic virus is placing the ravages of racism and inequity under the microscope. But the fact is, we don’t all see the same thing! Racism has a way of … Continue reading Posthumxnism and the Pandemic

A Critical Review of 5 Nursing Journal Editorials on the Topic of Nursology

A recent CINAHL search with the keyword “Nursology” revealed 5 editorials in leading nursing journals that focus on acquainting the journal’s readers with the website and the initiative.  Not surprisingly, 3 of those editors were founding members of the Nursology.net website. Each shared a different aspect of the project. Jacqueline Fawcett is the facilitator of … Continue reading A Critical Review of 5 Nursing Journal Editorials on the Topic of Nursology

The problem with the 5-10 year “rule” for citations

Recently I have encountered more and more students who tell me that their advisors are indicating that all of their citations be within the past 10 years - preferably the past 5.  This is one of many damaging myths about scholarship and writing that I encounter (the other most common is to never use personal … Continue reading The problem with the 5-10 year “rule” for citations

Removing/Refusing the Invisibility Cloak

Invisibility cloaks are magical devices that render the wearers invisible and transparent - they simply become part of the background. Furthermore, the wearer of the cloak can see through it and actually be wearing it without being fully conscious of it. Although invisibility cloaks have existed in mythology for centuries, they have recently been brought to … Continue reading Removing/Refusing the Invisibility Cloak

The Impossibility of Thinking “Atheoretically”

Some nursologists have claimed that they are “atheoretical.” When asked what they mean, they tend to say that they do not subscribe to or use a particular conceptual model or theory when conducting research or practicing. However, it is, according the physicist turned philosopher of science, Sir Karl R. Popper (1965), it is “absurd” to … Continue reading The Impossibility of Thinking “Atheoretically”

What are Legitimate Nursology Specialties?

 Bittencourt, Marques, and Mendes Diniz de Andrade Barroso’s (2018) paper, published in Revista de Enfermagem Referência, catalyzed my thoughts about labels for legitimate specialties in the discipline of nursology. (Scroll down for information about the authors and access to the article website.) Clearly, concern for nursology-discipline specific knowledge is of interest to our scholar colleagues … Continue reading What are Legitimate Nursology Specialties?