Describe nursing the way you think about it?
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Consider one of the nursing theories, conceptual frameworks, or mid-range theories presented in the textbook and class.
· Which philosophy/conceptual framework/theory/middle-range theory describes nursing the way you think about it?
· What is your rationale for selecting this theory/framework?
· Discuss how you could utilize the philosophy/conceptual framework/theory/middle-range theory to organize your thoughts for critical thinking and decision making in nursing practice.
Hildegard Peplau’s Interpersonal Relations Theory
Peplau’s interpersonal relations theory is the mid-range theory that captures what nursing ought to be. In this regard, it is the assertion that nursing is a therapeutic interpersonal process where nurses work with others to make health possible (Alligood, 2018, pg. 45). It is, therefore, the expectation that nurses work together with their patients, understand their health needs, and work together to ensure that the patients go back to their health status.
The rationale for the choice of this theory is because it appreciates that nursing is an interpersonal process; an assertion that is coherent with what the principle of evidence and patient-centered care expects from nurses. The exchange between the nurse and the patient is what allows a nurse to access critical information which in turn helps a nurse to realign the care towards securing better care for the patient. Moreover, the interpersonal relations theory also expects the nurse-patient relationship should be a learning experience (Smith, 2019, pg. 78). This is a phenomenon that is coherent with the fact that nursing skills need to be constantly improved. As a result, the nurses must keep on learning about health needs as this ultimately helps improve relevant skills by nurses.
Consequently, Peplau’s interpersonal relations theory demands that a nurse ensure that securing of health for the patient is done in a manner where the patient is an active party to the treatment process decisions. Therefore, my critical thinking will be comprised of both professional expertise together with the insights collected from the patient. This will ensure that the final decision is sensitive to both the principle of evidence-based practice and the patient’s taste and preferences when it comes to health services. As a result, from this approach to critical thinking, the final decision-making process will also be sensitive to the basic expectation of a nurse prioritizing the interest of the patient and the special needs and expectations that the patients have issues in terms of medical attention he or she needs.
Alligood, M. R. (2018). Nursing theorists and their work. St. Louis, Missouri: Elsevier.
Smith, M. (2019). Nursing Theories and Practice. Philadelphia: F.A. Davis Company.