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Nursing theory development: successes and challenges
Article first published online: 22 DEC 2006
Journal of Advanced Nursing
Volume 12, Issue 1, pages 63–69, January 1987
How to Cite
Jennings, B. M. (1987), Nursing theory development: successes and challenges. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 12: 63–69. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.1987.tb01304.x
- Issue published online: 22 DEC 2006
- Article first published online: 22 DEC 2006
- Accepted for publication 26 May 1986
Central to this paper is the belief that developing nursing theory is fundamental to establishing nursing's scientific foundation. Therefore, the paper examines successes and challenges in nursing theory development. This is achieved by evaluating both the present status of nursing theory as well as ideas for future directions. Within present status, the author considers three areas — those in which there is agreement, those in which both opinions differ and the prescribed course of relationships has not yet been achieved, and those which may serve as catalysts for future progress. A tripartite framework is also used to contemplate future directions by evaluating how nursing's knowledge has developed, what improvements and refinements might take place, and how the domains of nursing might be expanded. The author concludes that satisfaction and pride in current successes are not only justified but may motivate future pursuits; pursuits that are necessary to advancing the discipline of nursing.