• Concept analysis;
  • nurse and perception;
  • perception

PURPOSE:  Concept analysis methodology by Walker and Avant (2005) was used to define, describe, and delimit the concept of perception.

DATA SOURCE:  Nursing literature in the Medline database was searched for definitions of “perception.”

DATA SYNTHESIS:  Definitions, uses, and defining attributes of perception were identified; model and contrary cases were developed; and antecedents, consequences, and empirical referents were determined.

CONCLUSIONS:  An operational definition for the concept was developed.

IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING PRACTICE:  Nurses need to be cognizant of how perceptual differences impact the delivery of nursing care. In research, a mixed methodology approach may yield a richer description of the phenomenon and provide useful information for clinical practice.