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Nursing theories as nursing ontologies

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Abstract:

Abstract 

By understanding the constructions of knowledge we currently label nursing theories as nursing ontologies, nurses can perceive these conceptualizations differently. Paul Ricoeur and Stephen White offer a conceptualization of ontology that differs from traditional, realist perspectives because they assume that a person's experience of a phenomenon (e.g., nursing) will change, but also maintain some stability. Discussing nursing ontologies, rather than nursing theories, might increase philosophy's status in nursing and may also more accurately reflect the experience of being a nurse.

Keywords: Ricoeur; nursing theory; ontology

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1466-769X.2004.00191.x

Publication date: 2004-10-01

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