Nursing Knowledge Without a Doubt, Research Proposal

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The nurse is often expected to act and react only with empirical information, however personal knowledge is considered equally as important by many nurse educators and researchers (Chinn & Kramer 2004). This also helps to explain why "health" and "environment" are considered distinct major components in the metastudy of nursing; both can be understood on highly subjective terms, with the concept of "good health" changing from patient to patient, or "person" to "person." Environment, too, has a major effect on the practice of nursing and the growth of the nursing body of knowledge.


My personal philosophy of nursing centers on the belief that each individual person under my care deserves full attention and the unique application of my knowledge in addressing their immediate and long-term needs and concerns. That is, each person should benefit as much as possible from the full extent of my nursing knowledge, while still being treated as an individual person. The environment is made up of the person's setting during nursing care, their home environment, and my own home environment and habits -- anything and everything that effects the care administered.

This means that the individual -- including myself -- and the environment are in constant interaction; everything has some effect on everything else. Health is establishing the smallest degree of conflict between the individual and the environment, however that may be accomplished. Nursing is about restoring balance inasmuch as is possible in any and every individual case, and this requires a great deal of aesthetic as well as empirical knowledge and an artistic and compassionate touch (Fawcett 2006; Chinn & Kramer 2004).


Chinn, P. & Kramer, M. (2004). Integrated knowledge development in nursing. St. Louis: Mosby.

Fawcett, J. (2006). "Commentary: Finding…

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Chinn, P. & Kramer, M. (2004). Integrated knowledge development in nursing. St. Louis: Mosby.

Fawcett, J. (2006). "Commentary: Finding patterns of knowing in the work of Florence Nightingale." Nursing outlook 54(5), pp. 275-7.

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