What are your thoughts on ‘theory’ as you advance your clinical practice?

Question: What are your thoughts on ‘theory’ as you advance your clinical practice?

Week’s reading:

Chapter 4 and chapter 5

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Nursing Master’s degree level

Theory in clinical practice

A theory is a set of acceptable beliefs or rather organized principles that illustrate and guides a variety of practice. A theory remain a valuable tool that guides practice and improve research until it is proved to be wrong (Missen, McKenna & Beauchamp 2016). In light of this, I think it is vital to incorporate theories related to nursing in the study especially in the master’s program that give a theoretical model which forms the basis of current nursing practice (Butts & Rich 2013). The theories are essential in nursing practice mainly because nursing as a profession can be carried out in different ways. In the absence of a theoretical model, the field of nurses can be easily disoriented without any objective. Therefore, a theory is important in further understanding of nursing field.

As I advance my clinical practice, I can use the theory in making decisions in clinical settings. It can also assist give rationales for collected data and validate our concerns on a patient’s health status. The theories also assist in creating criteria to measure the quality of nursing care. These notions result in acceptable standards to be gained and maintained as a profession (Masters 2018). Therefore, a nursing practice cannot be managed by a single theory but needs that clinical nursing practice to consist of multiple theories at various levels and for various roles (Arrigoni et al., 2017). In my opinion, I agree with the fact that nursing theory is a framework of a given profession. In a clinical setting, it is important for nurses to use a number of theories along with critical thinking skills and overall knowledge to give nursing actions that pose best for practice.


Arrigoni, C., Grugnetti, A. M., Caruso, R., Gallotti, M. L., Borrelli, P., & Puci, M. (2017). Nursing students’ clinical competencies: a survey on clinical education objectives. Ann Ig, 29(3), 179-88.

Butts, J. B., & Rich, K. L. (2013). Philosophies and theories for advanced nursing practice. Jones & Bartlett Publishers.

Missen, K., McKenna, L., & Beauchamp, A. (2016). Registered nurses’ perceptions of new nursing graduates’ clinical competence: A systematic, integrative review. Nursing & health sciences, 18(2), 143-153.

Masters, K. (2018). Role development in professional nursing practice. Jones & Bartlett Learning.

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