Nursing Theory

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The life span of nursing cannot be summed up into one general facet of time, but rather, into periods that revolutionized and evolved continuously from the first evidence of medicine to present modern day medicine. The entire medical field, including nursing practice, does not pause when new technologies are brought forth; there is never a moment where work towards the future is not being put into action. Virginia Henderson stated, “Nursing theories mirror different realities, throughout their development; they reflected the interests of nurses of that time” (As cited in Powell, 2012). Without questions and theories to propel the inquisitive nature of medical practice such as nursing, modern medicine would not be as advanced as it is today. Therefore, to appreciate how far we have come, nurses must recognize the work of others. Without the work of theorists, such as Virginia Henderson, the profession of nursing may not have become an occupation with as much merit as it has today. Virginia Henderson is often referred to as “The Nightingale of Modern Nursing” or the “Modern-Day Mother of Nursing” (Flynn, 1997). Henderson’s definition of nursing is, “The unique function of the nurse is to assist the individual, sick or well, in the performance of those activities contributing to health or its recovery (or to peaceful death) that he would perform unaided if he had the necessary strength, will or knowledge. And to do this in such a way as to help him gain independence as rapidly as possible" (As cited in Powell, 2012). Throughout her career as a nurse, Henderson had the opportunity to observe the lifestyle and needs of thousands of individuals, both well and ill. Her observations allowed her to relate to the demands all persons have... ... middle of paper ... ...damental human needs of an individual, a quality healthcare experience may never have been established. Works Cited Delaune S. C., Ladner P.K. (2002). Fundamentals of nursing standard and practice. 2nd edition. Thomson, NY Dijkstra A.,Yont G.H., Korhan E.A., Muszalik M., Kornatowska K.K., & Suzuki M. (2012). The care dependency scale for measuring basic human needs: An international comparison. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 68(10). Flynn K. T. (1997). I remember virginia a. henderson. Journal of advanced nursing, (25), 648-651. Powell A. (2012). Virginia henderson’s need theory. Retrieved from http://currentnursing.com/nursing_theory/Henderson.html Vandemark L.M. (2006). Awareness of self & expanding consciousness: Using nursing theories to prepare nurses; 27(6): 605-615. Wills M. E., McEwen M. (2002). Theoretical basis for nursing. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
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