Changes in Professional
Nursing Practice Associated
With Nurses' Use of Orem's
General Theory of NursingOne result of this conference should be a view of how a general
theory of nursing can serve nursing practitioners. Two preliminary
questions are suggested for consideration by conference
|1. ||Do I engage in the practice of nursing?|
|2. ||Am I developing or have 1 developed a healthy sense of
It is not reasonable to talk about changes in professional nursing practice
without attention to these questions. Each conference participant should
attend to them and be able to attach meaning to the terms practice of
nursing and professionalism. Van Eron (1985) suggests that it is not a
nurse's initial and subsequent forms of education for nursing, or his or
her theoretical orientations or experiences that are the critical factors in
selecting nurses to fill practice positions. It is what a nurse thinks about
all of them in relation to self that is important.
This paper was originally presented at Le Centre Hospitalier De Gatineau, Gatineau, Quebec,
Canada, May 12, 1987.
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Book title: Self Care Theory in Nursing: Selected Papers of Dorothea Orem.
Contributors: Katherine McLaughlin Renpenning - Editor, Susan G. Taylor - Editor.
Place of publication: New York.
Publication year: 2003.
Page number: 200.
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