Surfacing nursing process: a method for generating nursing theory from practice

Authors

  • W. Carole Chenitz RN EdD,

    1. Associate Chief, Nursing, Service Research, San Francisco Veterans Administration Medical Center, 4150 Clement Street, San Francisco, CA 94121 and Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Mental Health and Community Nursing, University of California, San Francisco, School of Nursing
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  • Janice M. Swanson RN PhD

    1. Assistant Professor, Community Health Nursing, University of San Francisco, School of Nursing
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Abstract

The process dimension in nursing is far more complex than currently recognized. Lack of knowledge about process in nursing has consequences for professional development and nursing theory. A method for generating theory from systematic observation, description, identification and analysis of nursing practice is presented.

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