An Integral Philosophy and Definition of Nursing

Olga F. Jarrín, University of Connecticut - Storrs

Document Type Article

Jarrín, O. F. (2007). AQAL: Journal of Integral Theory and Practice, 2(4), 79-101.
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A unifying meta-theory of nursing is suggested, building from the foundation of the AQAL framework. A definition of nursing as situated caring is presented, along with a historical discussion of nursing epistemology and theory for context. Implications for practice, education, and research are also discussed. A unifying meta-theory will enable nurses at both the practical and academic levels to appreciate the complexity and simplicity of nursing, allowing them to articulate confidently what we do and why we do it.