When it comes to nursing theory, it is important for healthcare professionals to be aware of its relevance to their practice. However, the extent to which practicing nurses are familiar with nursing theories and how they apply them in their careers can vary. Engaging with colleagues and discussing their knowledge of nursing theorists and their favorite theorists within the profession can provide valuable insights into the awareness and utilization of nursing theories among practicing nurses.
In this week’s class, we will be exploring the work of three nursing theorists: Helen Erickson, Evelyn Tomlin, and Mary Ann Swain. Their theory, known as Modeling and Role Modeling, falls within the Integrative-Interactive Paradigm of conceptual models and grand theories. By examining their works, we will gain an understanding of how their concepts contribute to our current nursing practices.
Modeling and Role Modeling is a theory that aims to help nurses understand their clients’ personal models of the world and appreciate their value and significance from the clients’ perspectives (Masters, 2015). It is an integral process that organizes multiple phenomena of human experience and reality from four perspectives: the individual interior, individual exterior, collective interior, and collective exterior (Dossey, n.d.). This comprehensive approach allows nurses to consider the personal, physiological, cultural, and systemic aspects of a client’s experience.
To better comprehend the theory of Modeling and Role Modeling, it is essential to delve into the four metaparadigms of nursing: Person, Environment, Health, and Nursing. These metaparadigms serve as the foundation and framework for understanding and applying the theory. By focusing on the person, environment, health, and nursing, nurses can effectively utilize the concepts of Modeling and Role Modeling in their practice.
In terms of grading discussion posts on this topic, it is crucial to consider the criteria outlined in the grading rubric. The clarity of ideas and their association with related topics is a significant aspect of the evaluation. The tone used in the post should be professional and objective throughout, without wavering. It is important to support arguments with evidence from the literature consistently. Weak or poor evidence that lacks clarity or support can negatively impact the evaluation.
In summary, understanding nursing theory is vital for healthcare professionals, and exploring the works of nursing theorists such as Erickson, Tomlin, and Swain can provide valuable insights into the application of theory in nursing practice. Modeling and Role Modeling, as a theory, offers a comprehensive approach to understanding and addressing the multiple dimensions of human experience and reality. By incorporating the concepts of Modeling and Role Modeling into their practice, nurses can effectively consider the individual interior and exterior, as well as the collective interior and exterior aspects of their clients’ experiences. Grading discussions on this topic requires evaluating the clarity of ideas, the consistency of tone, and the use of evidence from the literature.