Nursing and Nursing theory

A Nurse Worldview or Philosophy of Nursing Discussion

Textbook Readings

McEwen, M., & Wills, W. (2018). Theoretical basis for nursing (5th edition). Wolters Kluwer Health

  • Chapter 16: “Ethical Theories and Principles”
  • Chapter 23: “Future Issues in Nursing Theory”

Journal Readings

Please retrieve and read the following Journal articles from the Library. Articles can be located through a search in the CINAHL database, OVID database, Course Documents, or by using the link at the end of the reference if provided.

  • Hickman, Ronald, Jr PhD, RN & ACNP-BC, FNAP. (2019). Nursing theory and research: The path forward. Advances in Nursing Science42, 85-86.
  • Roy, C. (2018). Key issues in nursing theory: Developments, challenges, and future directionsNursing Research67(2), 81–92.
  • Wagner, J. M., & Dahnke, M. D. (2015). Nursing ethics and disaster triage: Applying utilitarian ethical theory. Journal of Emergency Nursing, 41(4), 300-306. doi:
Web Resources

Institute of Medicine of the National Academies. (2010). The future of nursing: Leading change, advancing health.

Library Help

Resources to help you navigate the Library include:

  1. A direct link to the Library resources relevant to nursing is
  2. Academic Research Primer. (2018). Retrieved from
  3. Nursing and medical/health studies guide. (2012). Higher Education Corporation. Retrieved from

University Library. (Producer). (2016). Introduction to the Online Library [Video file]. Available from

DISCUSSION 1: As nurses gain experience and learn more about the science of nursing and nursing theory, the expected outcome is that nurses will have a deeper understanding of the discipline of nursing that will inform their decision making. Nursing ethics are driven by the values that nurses hold as a collective, but the context of the situation will dictate how those ethics are applied.

How has your worldview or philosophy of nursing changed or expanded based on what you learned in this nursing theory course?

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