Beckstrand's concept of practice theory: A critique

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  • Ms. Rosemarie J. Collins,

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    1. Ms. Rosemarie J. Collins is a doctoral candidate in the School of Nursing of the University of Pennslyvania, Philadelphia. Dr. John H. Fielder is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy of Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania.
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  • John H. Fielder

    1. Ms. Rosemarie J. Collins is a doctoral candidate in the School of Nursing of the University of Pennslyvania, Philadelphia. Dr. John H. Fielder is Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy of Villanova University, Villanova, Pennsylvania.
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Abstract

This article sets forth objections to Beckstrand's (1978a, 1978b, 1980) claim that the knowledge required for nursing practice is reducible to the knowledge of science, ethics, and logic. Her view overlooks the role of knowledge of individuals and of moral ideals in nursing, neither of which fits her conceptions of science and ethics. We conclude there are questions unique to nursing that a practice theory must address.

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