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Uses of Concepts
Nursing science is a field that entails a wide array of occurrences
experienced by the nursing practitioners. Nurses deal with numerous
health concerns which affect the patents, family, as well as the society
in general. Debates as to whether nursing science can be comprehended as
a scientific discipline have been in the forefront. Some scholars argue
that nursing science can be understood as a scientific discipline due to
the reason that nurses employ a mixture of philosophical and scientific
investigations. Philosophical investigation is essential to the
discursion of significant inquiries resulting in quality science.
Nursing science as a scientific discipline is integral as a result of
its concerns to the personal human experience, general human experience,
as well as nurse-patient association. There are a wide array of issues
linked with science and their relationship to the nursing practice. They
encompass the employment of ‘concept validity’, ‘theory-neutral
observations’ as well as ‘theory-relative’ concepts (Edwards,
1999). This implies that there are foundations of inaccuracies in the
scientific investigations fields founded on theoretical
conceptualization (Edwards, 1999). In order to deal with such errors,
scientific researchers need to stick to fundamental steps used in
planning research related to nursing, encompassing the choosing of a
conceptual framework and research design. The use of systematic and
scientific techniques and principles, observation and categorization of
evidence and the establishment of provable theories classifies nursing
science as a scientific discipline.
Whilst communicating concerns recognized by nurses in their professional
practice, it is important to use a common language. Studies show that
using a common language to document issues is essential to the nursing
practitioner (Rutherford, 2008). This is so especially in the field of
family nurse practice that entails the provision of inclusive primary
health care to persons from childhood to adulthood. Care is offered to
persons suffering from both chronic and acute illnesses. Considering
this, using a common language to communicate such issues is vital in
that it ensures enhanced exchange of information between healthcare
providers, nurses, and administrators. Besides, amplified nursing
interventions visibility, enhanced patient care, and aided evaluation of
nursing competency are other benefits.
There exist communication gaps that have negatively affected care
provision to patients. It is evidenced that efficient nursing practice
entails instances in which fundamental information should be
communicated in accurate ways. Failure to communicate effectively puts
patient care at risk. Gaps that have given rise to this encompass
ethnicity and culture, personal differences, generational differences,
Hierarchy, and disruptive behavior.
Identification of a Concept
The concept that has been selected to be used in this paper is research.
Research is described as a methodical study used to construct knowledge
in a particular discipline. Research is used in various disciplines with
the intention of developing a practical body of information. In
particular, the concept certifies and improves subsisting knowledge in
addition to developing novel knowledge. By carrying a research, the
outcomes are intended to offer a basis wherein practice behaviors and
decisions are rooted. According to Melnyk & Fineout-Overholt (2005)
results obtained from research provides a strong foundation for the
nursing practice, and particularly when purposely assessed for use in
particular clinical topics. The contemporary times are characterized by
amplified need for the nursing practice to take part in research. Prior
to carrying out a literature review, research in my view means what
people do while they have a problem or inquiry requiring a solution.
Research can be categorized into four classifications which include
basic research, applied research, evaluation research, and action
research. Basic research is used to comprehend and explicate. This means
that the purpose of the research is to formulate and test hypothetical
suggestions and constructs which superlatively take a broad view over
space and time (Melnyk & Fineout-Overholt, 2005). In nature, basic
research is descriptive and it investigates why, what and how inquiries.
It explicates the incidence under study in order to add its significance
to knowledge. Secondly, applied research assists individuals comprehend
the nature of issues associated with humans. Through this, individuals
are in a better position to control the environment they live in, in a
more effective way. Simply, applied research offers possible solutions
to societal and human issues. The research centers on how inquiries and
it is naturally prescriptive. Thirdly, action research focuses at
solving particular issues in a program. Lastly is evaluation research
whose aim is to explore the procedures and results in order to get a
solution to a certain concern. Evaluation research enhances individual
intervention in particular circumstances for instance, activities.
By carrying out an appropriate analysis of the concept research,
sufficient information pertaining to its theoretical and operational
delineation, purpose and relevance, usages, and critical attributes
would be obtained. In addition, its application in nursing practice
would be obtained. Research is of great interest in the nursing
profession. Nurse educators carry out research throughout their work
experience in order to provide quality patient care.
Knowledge Development in Nursing
In nursing practice, the major priorities entail the identification,
structuring, and the advancement of knowledge which underpins its
practice. In order to address a concern related with the role of the
family nurse practitioner, it is important to identify an appropriate
approach to the construction of the theory. For this paper, inductive
methods were used to investigate the observed occurrence. In addition,
it is used to categorize the general structures, principles, and
procedures that underlie the observed phenomenon. The aim of the
inductive approach is to develop suitable explanations related to the
issues of family nurse practitioner (Tingen et al. 2009).
Clarifying Concept of Interest
There are various definitions that have been put forth by various
scholars to explain the concept of research. For instance, according to
Shuttleworth (2008) research involves obtaining information, data, as
well as facts in order to advance knowledge. On the other hand, Creswell
(2008) puts forth that research is a procedure of steps employed with
the intention of collecting and analyzing information to amplify human
comprehension of an issue. Creswell affirms that research comprises of
three steps which include posing a question, collecting data to offer a
solution, and presenting a response to the inquiry (2008). Research
consists of creative work embarked on a methodical basis with the aim of
amplifying human knowledge and understanding, in addition to employing
such knowledge to develop novel applications. Research is employed for
the purpose of confirming or establishing facts, reaffirming the
outcomes of prior work, solving novel or subsisting issues, supporting
theories, and devising novel theorems. Research is also defined as a
systematic investigation used to delineate, explicate, and envisage the
observed occurrence.
The explanations pertaining to research relate to the work experience of
a nurse educator and patient care and results in a number of ways.
Research is used by nurses in order to offer care founded on evidence
therefore promoting quality health results for communities, families,
individuals, and the healthcare systems (LoBiondo-Wood & Haber, 2006).
In addition, nurses employ research with the intention of shaping health
policy in the organization at various levels including local, federal
and state. With reference to this, nurse educators carry out, use, and
teach research.
Application to Research and Practice
In the nursing practice, research has a great influence on contemporary
as well as future professional practice. This renders research to be a
significant element of the nursing practice. In nursing, research is
defined as a methodical approach employed to scrutinize an occurrence
that is essential both to the nurse educators as well as to the nursing
practice (Tingen et al. 2009). Putting into consideration that nursing
is a profession, it is vital to base nursing practice on scientific
knowledge. Nursing research generates evidence that offers support for
cost effectiveness as well as quality nursing interventions
(LoBiondo-Wood & Haber, 2006). Through this, health care recipients, and
in particular the nursing care, benefit when research evidence is
provided to nurses who in turn introduce modifications in the nursing
practice founded on such research. Evidence based modifications related
to providing nursing care to patients in the family nursing practice as
well as other fields take place at various levels including individual,
organizational, as well as societal levels.
Furthermore, nursing research is important for knowledge generation in
areas impacting nursing care procedures indirectly. According to
Fitzpatrick & Merwin (2008), research in the areas of health services,
nursing education and administration, and the roles of nurses offers
evidence for efficiently modifying the supporting realms of nursing
information. In the current time, research in nursing is fundamental and
is widely recognized. Research is used by nurses in order to offer care
founded on evidence therefore promoting quality health results for
communities, families, individuals, and the healthcare systems
(LoBiondo-Wood & Haber, 2006). In addition, nurses employ research with
the intention of shaping health policy in the organization at various
levels including local, federal and state.
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