Academic journal article Nursing and Health Care Perspectives

Mere Mortals as the Majority

Academic journal article Nursing and Health Care Perspectives

Mere Mortals as the Majority

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IN ANOTHER LIFE I must have been a horticulturist, a painter, a dancer, or perhaps even a concert pianist. Whatever I was, it was an intense artistic and creative experience. I keep searching for that other side of self, hoping that the other side of my brain will be saved from atrophy. I keep going against the deep and intense training I had as a scientist, searching for what is less particularistic, less specialized in its minute microscopic dissection of variables and causative searches.

Perhaps it is nursing's intense focus on biomedical research that has led us down this path of analysis and more analysis, often forsaking the synthesis -- or at least emphasizing the synthesis process to a lesser degree than we have idealized the analysis component of our research and scholarship. Yet, when the famed 1990 Boyer report, Scholarship Reconsidered: Priorities for the Professoriate, was published, nurse faculty fully embraced the expectation of integrative scholarship -- bringing the components together in a cohesive and coherent whole, focusing on interdisciplinary work that generates new concepts and new ideas, and creating new knowledge through pattern discovery that goes beyond analysis to synthesis. How much easier this is said than done!

The master teacher is a concept that nurses in the academic world have also embraced. …

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