Conceptual models and nursing practice: the reciprocal relationship*


  • Jacqueline Fawcett PhD FAAN

    Professor, Corresponding author
    1. School of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
      Dr J Fawcett 720 Middle Turnpike Storrs Connecticut 06268 USA
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    Adapted from a paper presented at the Third Biennial Nursing Theory Conference Nursing Theory Challenge for Practice The Catholic University of America Washington IX 30 March 1990

Dr J Fawcett 720 Middle Turnpike Storrs Connecticut 06268 USA


There is a reciprocal relationship between conceptual models of nursing and nursing practice Conceptual models influence clinical nursing practice by specifying standards for and purposes of practice, identifying relevant clinical problems, settings for practice, legitimate recipients of nursing care, and the content for the nursing process, suggesting methods for delivery of nursing services, and by providing frameworks for clinical information systems, patient classifications systems and quality assurance programmes Nursing practice, in turn, provides data that can be used to determine the credibility of the conceptual models Sources of data from clinical practice for credibility determination include evaluations of nursing interventions, the recipient's perspective of nursing care and quality assurance reviews