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Keywords:

  • nursing;
  • discursive praxis;
  • reflection;
  • reconstruction;
  • critical theory;
  • change

This paper argues that conceiving nursing as a form of praxis, encompasses amongst other things, the critical reflection upon one's nursing practice in order to work out and understand internal and external constructions of personal theories. This reflective examination will demonstrate the implicit knowing that nurses develop as a result of their personal, day to day practice. Highlighting this knowing and incorporating the richness of their practice experience becomes the basis for their own personal nursing praxis.