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Theorist Merle Mishel's Theory Of Uncertainty In Illness Theory

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Theorist Merle Mishel was born in 1939 in Boston, Massachusetts. She has Bachelor of Arts from Boston University in 1961, Master 's degree in psychiatric nursing from UCLA in 1966, Master of Arts in 1976, PhD in social psychology in 1980. Her educational areas include adult Health, research, education. Currently she is working as Kenan Distinguished Professor of Nursing, Director of doctoral and postdoctoral programs, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has received various awards for her contribution in nursing. During her early career she has practiced as a psychiatric nurse in acute care and in community settings. She is faculty member in department of Nursing at the California State University at Los Angeles, professor…show more content…
The theory of uncertainty of illness by Mishel can be used in practice to provide direction for nurse to support patients in understanding and coping with uncertainty in illness (Masters, 2015). If all nurses understand the theory of uncertainty in illness, they can better assist their patients to have the best outcome. Nurses should be educated on this theory to be able to use it in practice. The theory has been used to educate clinicians of all areas on the understanding of patients as a whole and their situations during times of uncertainty (Mishel, 2014).
Merle Mishel Uncertainty in Illness Theory Critique This theory critique uses the questions presented in the South University Theory Critique Checklist. It is broken down into four sections in which to examine the theory. The theory of uncertainty in illness by Merle Mishel was one that developed over a period of time. She first came up with her scale of uncertainty in illness. From that she created her first version of the theory and later she added portions to the theory. The reconceptialized theory made it to where it could be applied to patients with chronic illnesses.
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Does the theory reveal the extent to which it can guide the phenomenon of nursing? The theory does reveal that it can aid in the identification of causes of uncertainty and interventions that can be done by the nurse to help decrease uncertainty.
4. Does the theory find application in primary areas of nursing i.e., practice, education, or research? If all nurses understand the theory of uncertainty in illness, they can better assist their patients to have the best outcome. Nurses should be educated on this theory to be able to use it in practice. The Mishel uncertainty scale that was developed from the theory allows for further use of her theory in research.
5. Does the theory mention any inherent limitations? In Mishel’s re-conceptualized theory of her theory she states that her initial theory has the limitations of not including uncertainty in chronic illnesses where uncertainty can be considered desirable.
6. Does the theory have broad application or is the application only confined within a narrow focus? This theory can be applied to all areas of nursing because all patients experience a form of uncertainty when health is not
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