The Academic Field of Nursing Science


In the past few decades, the academic field of nursing science has evolved in terms of its philosophies, theories, and ethics. Especially, the latter decade has witnessed a specific focus on theory-guided practice models and caring relationships as the foundation of professional nursing.

Nurses normally have to weigh between many factors including β€œthe calling that lured them to the profession and the human caring values, the technologically high speed task-oriented medical practices, organizational demands, heavy patient task, and archaic industrial practices” (Watson & Foster, 2003, p.364). Nurses who are unable to implement caring techniques are prone to get hardened, feeble, run down, and mechanical. In other words, they perform their chores without putting any passion in the work.

Conflicts between the nursing definition entailing the philosophies, theories, ethics, and knowledge that structure the profession as well as the disciplinary practices and how nurses actually deliver, has prevailed into the millennium. Thus, scientist believe that a value-based, theory-guided perspective to healthcare transformation and human caring is the only structure that currently promises to deliver the nursing profession from instability. This need has given rise to the development of professional model of caring-healing practice.

The professional model of caring-healing practice

The emerging caring-healing practice contexts are increasingly reliant on authentic connection, novice forms of communication mode, coordination, negotiation, partnership, and relationship. This new approach to nursing involves a change towards spiritualizing of healthcare, as opposed to the more conservative medical-clinical, techno-cure direction to health and sickness. These new approaches to health and healthcare has been inspired by the public, and the demand of the healthcare as well as nursing administrators to design creative solutions, which surpass the popular and unproductive fit-it models.

This philosophy pertains making precise human caring and relationship-based caring the ethical basis for healing practices; it regards the unity of the holistic human being, at the same time trying to create a healing environment. Caring-healing modalities and nursing practices are reintegrated as fundamentals to ensure focus on caring practices, subjective meaning, inner healing experiences, and quality of life, which determines patient results and system efficiency as well.

The caring-healing model places human-to-human-caring as core to professional nursing duties; the position and moral basis for the profession. Sustaining human dignity, integrity, and relationships via human caring are eventually the benchmarks by which patients assess their often cure oriented experiences.

Administrative Leadership

Nursing administrators and hospital directors and Chief administrative Officers play a crucial role in transforming the conformist health system that have been labeled in some classic study as unhealthy/toxic as opposed to life giving and life receiving for patient and providers alike (Halldorsdottir, 1991, p.96). The following paragraphs will examine how some organization implement the model of caring-healing practice in health care delivery.

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