Advertisement

The unexamined life is not worth living

Plato, Apology, 38a
  • Janet Holt
Chapter

Abstract

Janet Holt’s chapter addresses a question that is fundamental to much contemporary work in nursing theory. The question concerns the status of such theories. She points out that it is common for theories of nursing to be described as ‘philosophies’ and moreover that such descriptions may not be wholly accurate.

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

References

  1. Ayer, A.J. (1976) The Central Questions of Philosophy (Harmondsworth: Penguin).Google Scholar
  2. Basford, L. (1995) Professional care, in Basford, L. and Slevin, O., Theory and Practice of Nursing, pp. 106–14 (Edinburgh: Campion Press)Google Scholar
  3. Cameron-Traub, E. (1991) An evolving discipline, in Gray, G. and Pratt, R. (eds) Towards a Discipline of Nursing, (Melbourne: Churchill Livingstone) pp. 31–49.Google Scholar
  4. Dickoff, J. and James, P. (1968) A theory of theories: a position paper, Nursing Research, 17(3): 197–203.Google Scholar
  5. Dickoff, J., James, P. and Weidenbach E. (1968) Theory in a practice discipline. Part 1. Practice orientated theory, Nursing Research, 17(5): 415–35.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. Draper, P. (1990) The development of theory in British nursing: a current position and future prospects, Journal of Advanced Nursing, 15: 12–15.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  7. Flew, A. (1979) A Dictionary of Philosophy (London: Pan).Google Scholar
  8. Helson, H. (1964) Adaptation-Level Theory: An Experimental and Systematic Approach To Behaviour (New York: Harper & Row).Google Scholar
  9. Kershaw, B. (1990) Nursing models as philosophies of care, Nursing Practice, 4(1): 25–7.Google Scholar
  10. Kitson, A. (1987) Raising standards of clinical practice; the fundamental issue of effective nursing practice, Journal of Advanced Nursing, 12: 321–9.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  11. Leddy, S. and Pepper, J.M. (1993) Conceptual Bases of Professional Nursing, 3rd edn (Philadelphia: JB Lippincott).Google Scholar
  12. Millar, B. (1990) The benefits of nursing models, Surgical Nurse, 3(1): 5–8.Google Scholar
  13. Raphael, D.D. (1981) Moral Philosophy (Oxford: Oxford University Press).Google Scholar
  14. Roy, C. (1976) Introduction to Nursing: An Adaptation Model (Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall).Google Scholar
  15. Salvage, J. (1985) The Politics of Nursing (London: Heinemann).Google Scholar
  16. Russell, B. (1985) The Problems of Philosophy (Oxford: Opus).Google Scholar
  17. Thompson, I.E., Melia, K. and Boyd, K.M. (1994) Nursing Ethics, 3rd edn (Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone).Google Scholar
  18. Timpson, J. (1996) Nursing theory: everything the artist spits is art?, Journal of Advanced Nursing, 23: 1030–6.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  19. UKCC (1986) Project 2000: A New Preparation to Practice (London: UKCC).Google Scholar
  20. Wittgenstein, L. (1922) Tractatus-Logico-Philosophicus (London: Routledge & Kegan Paul).Google Scholar
  21. Wright, S. (1986) Building and Using a Model of Nursing (London: Edward Arnold).Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Janet Holt 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Janet Holt

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations