Significance of a Metaparadigm (graded)
Hi Class, this week’s discussion will focus on the following POs:
Analyze theories from nursing and relevant fields with respect to their components, relationships among the components, logic of the propositions, comprehensiveness, and utility to advanced nursing. (PO#1)
Demonstrate logical and creative thinking in the analysis and application of a theory to nursing practice. (PO#4)
This week, this TD question relates to the course outcome addressing the components of theory and the other professions that utilize theories. We need to consider that nursing is not the only profession which utilizes theories. Many professions developed theories before nursing understood how important they were/are.
Last week, the focus was to consider, in general, the impact of nursing theory on the profession. This week we are going to pull apart nursing theory and take a look at how a theory is constructed. For any profession, it is important to know/identify the metaparadigms that reflect that profession. For example when you think of physical therapy–what do you think of?? When you think of nursing, what critically important elements need to be defined so that if they were left out, the entire profession would be adversely impacted?
For most nursing theorists, the four key elements are: Person, Health, Environment, and Nursing (interesting that nursing is used to define/explain itself!)
So consider all of the metaparadigms (or a different one–there are others) and describe how it is significant to nursing practice. Be sure that you review what is and is not a metaparadigm. Through our discussion we will meet our program outcomes this week to analyze the components of nursing theory. Your posts will reflect your ability to critically think and discuss the application of theory to nursing practice.
Looking forward to your thoughts,
McEwen, M., & Wills, E. (2011).Theoretical basis for nursing(3rd ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer Health.
Please answer this question:
How are the four concepts in nursing’s metaparadigm (person, environment, health, and nursing practice) significant to your practice and philosophy of nursing?