The Definition of Health: Thoughts from Japan

Health is a central concept in most if not all versions of the metaparadigm of nursology (Fawcett, 2019). I have defined health as “human processes of living and dying” (Fawcett & DeSanto-Madeya, 2013, p. 6) and conceptualize health as inclusive of wellness, illness, and disease within that process. I deliberately separated wellness from illness and … Continue reading The Definition of Health: Thoughts from Japan

Guest Post: Decolonizing the Language of Nursology

Contributor: Daniel Suárez-BaqueroScroll down for Spanish language version of this post ENGLISH Nursing has been characterized by a colonial perspective in which the advancements and developments made in English are over those made in other languages. We forget as Dr. Ricardo Ayala states in his book Towards a Sociology of Nursing (2019): “Nursing is a … Continue reading Guest Post: Decolonizing the Language of Nursology

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?

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

Power in Nursing

illustration by Chris Rubino Power has been a concern to all living beings – humans and animals – since the beginning of time. Nursologists have been sensitive to power issues at least since Florence Nightingale’s time. It is likely, however, that power has different meanings for different people, including those who hold positions associated with … Continue reading Power in Nursing

What is Reflected in a Label about Health? Non-Nursology and Nursology Perspectives

Posted the first week of March, which is designated as National Words Matter Week A long time ago, I read an editorial in a journal decrying the labels for women’s reproductive health issues. The point was that labels such as incompetent cervical os are pejorative words. At about the same time, I began to think … Continue reading What is Reflected in a Label about Health? Non-Nursology and Nursology Perspectives

Perspectives of Nurses on the Term Nursology: An Informal Twitter Poll

First described by Paterson in 1971, the term nursology was originally coined to capture the essence of “the study of nursing aimed towards the development of nursing theory” (p. 143). Since this definition, nursing scholars have continued discourse around the name of our discipline. In 1997, for example, Reed suggested a name change from a … Continue reading Perspectives of Nurses on the Term Nursology: An Informal Twitter Poll

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

Why Not Nursology?

Dr. Jacqui Fawcett  eloquently argued the case for "Why Nursology "a few weeks back. Another question might be asked - why not nursology? The use of “logy” - the study of – is widely used as a convention for identifying the knowledge base of other disciplines, e.g, biology, sociology, psychology, etc. On the other hand, … Continue reading Why Not Nursology?