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Theories of Nursing Paper
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Patricia Benner is one of the most important theorist in the field of nursing, especially on the way nurses develop, gain knowledge and use experience. At the hospital I work for, her theories are used as part of the cornerstones of employee evaluation, especially her five levels of nursing evaluation – Novice, Advanced Beginner, Competent, Proficient, and Expert (Benner, 1982, 405).
One of the central tenets of Benner’s work is the idea that care forms the central aspect of nursing, that it allows a nurse to better connect to a patient, to better administer care, and to better see possible problems and situations before they arise (Alligood, 2002, 157). Though I agree to a certain extent with the primacy of care to any practical nursing environment, I believe that care can only be of actual use to a nurse if he or she has the advantage of experience to guide them in how to best support their patients. Much of my recent practice has been as a primary triage nurse for an (unfortunately) over-crowded emergency room. This emergency department has fifty-three adult patient beds and it is up to me to decide how they are best used in most situations, only changing significantly when patients develop new symptoms or problems become apparent after the triage process has already begun. In a recent experience I had fifty-two beds filled with extremely high priority patients, something of a nightmare, and nearly simultaneously had six patients presenting the extremely distressing symptom of chest pains, all describing them in nearly identical ways. ...
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