Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

A Philosophical Inquiry of Nursing Metalanguage
by Jarrin, Olga F., Ph.D., University of Connecticut, 2010, 176; 3464377
Abstract (Summary)

This dissertation explores the metalanguage of nursing, from a metaparadigmatic or integral perspective. The principles of the study methodology, Integral Methodological Pluralism (non-exclusion, unfoldment, and enactment) serve as a framework for the presentation and synthesis of findings from three studies. The central question: What is the essence and experience of nursing? is explored from multiple angles to explore what is good, beautiful and true in nursing (intersubjective, subjective and objective perspectives). The first method, a metasynthesis of focus group reports from an emancipatory study of nurses, explored the questions: "What is it like to practice nursing?" and "What changes do nurses desire to support practice?" The second method, an integrally informed, philosophical inquiry of the nursing metaparadigm concepts, constructed a philosophy and definition of nursing influenced by the major contemporary theories and conceptual models of nursing. Finally, the third method, a qualitative content analysis of U.S. nurse practice acts, was used to describe core elements of state nurse practice. Findings of these studies are discussed through the lens of contemporary, integral philosophy to explore the essence and experience of nursing and re-define the nursing meta-language with suggestions for nursing education.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Polifroni, E. Carol
School: University of Connecticut
School Location: United States -- Connecticut
Source: DAI-B 72/10, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Philosophy of Science, Nursing
Keywords: Caring, Nursing metalanguage, Nursing philosophy
Publication Number: 3464377
ISBN: 9781124777849
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