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Nurse scholars have claimed that nursing is both a discipline and a
profession. In order to understand these claims, we must first know what
it means for nursing to have a “unique body of knowledge.” If we assume
that nursing does, indeed, possess a unique body of knowledge, we can
claim that nursing is a “basic science” rather than an “applied
science.” Despite these claims, debate continues about nursing as
discipline, profession, and science. Is nursing a discipline? A
profession? Is nursing a basic science and/or applied science? In your
initial post, state what you think about nursing as discipline,
profession, and science. Explore the literature beyond that assigned to
you for this week’s readings to help you formulate your position. You
should include the following:
What is a discipline? What is a profession? What’s the difference? What are examples of each?
Does nursing fit the criteria for a “discipline” and “profession”?
What is a “basic science”? What is an “applied science”? What’s the difference?
Is nursing a “basic” or “applied” science?
Support your statements with scholarly references. You may use those
from the assigned readings for this module, but you must also select
and use (via your literature search) a minimum of one scholarly
reference outside of assigned readings in your initial post.
Textbook: Alligood, M. R. (2018). Nursing theorists and their work (9th ed.). Elsevier. ISBN
Chapter 1 – Introduction to nursing theory: Its history and significance
Chapter 2 – Nursing theorists of historical significance
Chapter 3 – History of nursing science
NB: Use at least 2 references. One reference should be from the Assigned reading textbook.