Based on a paper presented at the International Nursing Resea rch Conference, University of Alberta. Edmonton, Canada, 7–9 May 1986.
The life sciences in nursing: development of a theoretical model*
Article first published online: 22 DEC 2006
Journal of Advanced Nursing
Volume 12, Issue 3, pages 267–274, May 1987
How to Cite
Akinsanya, J. A. (1987), The life sciences in nursing: development of a theoretical model. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 12: 267–274. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.1987.tb01332.x
- Issue published online: 22 DEC 2006
- Article first published online: 22 DEC 2006
- Accepted for publication 1 August 1986
This paper explores the relationship between the life sciences of anatomy, physiology, microbiology and pharmacology and the teaching/learning problems of their application in nursing. A theoretical model is proposed derived from a conceptual consideration of nursing tasks and of nursing actions developed to account for a direct link between these sciences and nursing. It is argued that a ‘bio-nursing'approach to the use of the life sciences in nursing is comparable to that of a ‘bio-medical’ approach in medical education and practice. The paper suggests lhat an appropriate examination of the contributions of the life sciences to nursing education will provide a more concentrated and illuminating exercise with regard to making possible the identification of a body of knowledge of direct relevance to nursing practice. The teaching/learning implications for nurse education and the development of a distinctive knowledge base derived from these sciences are discussed.