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

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

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

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

Nursing Theories in “my Biomedical World” – a personal reflection

Contributor: Manuel Jesús Aragón Aragón In this post I try to show the difficulties that I felt when I tried to apply nursing theories to practice in my work and personal reality for the first time. I understand that theories are an excellent resource to improve the quality of our care; for that reason in … Continue reading Nursing Theories in “my Biomedical World” – a personal reflection