Younas, A., & Quennell, S. (2019). Usefulness of nursing theory-guided practice: an integrative review. Scandinavian journal of caring sciences, 33(3), 540–555. https://doi.org/10.1111/scs.12670
My name is Kacie Grossman and I am currently working as a nurse in an Emergency Department. I just got married a month ago and with my time off from work or studying I like to spend time with my husband and our friends. I am a huge Philadelphia sports fan and love to watch the Phillies and Eagles. I am currently enrolled in Advanced Pathophysiology and Theory and Research with my track being Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner. My future career plans involve hopefully staying in emergency medicine in either an emergency department or in an urgent care, but I am keeping an open mind since anything can change once clinicals begin and I start to experience other specialties. I’m looking forward to meeting everyone in person next semester.
Theory and research are integrated and applied in everyday nursing practice. A theory is a set of concepts and propositions that can be applied and examined within clinical problems (Lor et al., 2017). Research begins with collecting information and identifying clinical problems to study. Theories are used as guides during research to further knowledge about a topic (Lor et al., 2017). Results are then implemented into practice and assists with shaping new standards of practice. When nurses apply research and theory to their practice, they are able to better explain the care they are proving and why they carry out certain functions which helps with improving the quality of care being delivered and improve outcomes (Younas & Quennell, 2019).
Lor, M., Backonja, U., & Lauver, D. R. (2017). How could nurse researchers apply theory to generate knowledge more efficiently? Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 49(5), 580–589.