A holistic exploration of barriers to theory utilization


Professor B Jacono School of Nursing, Laurentian University Sudbury Ontario, Canada P3E 2C6


The nursing profession must frequently grapple with the reluctance of nurses to adopt particular nursing theory/theoretical frameworks as a guide for practice This paper explores some possible perceptions by nurses not previously considered in the literature which may be at the root of their reluctance to use theory Newman's concept of pattern recognition was particularly useful in the identification of these heretofore unidentified perceptions