Nursing researchers have argued that nurses are taught to value clinical skills over theoretical knowledge. With the focus on medical interventions, laboratory values, and nursing diagnoses, theory is often under-represented. This can cause nurses to react to nursing theory as having little or nothing to do with the profession of nursing.

As you begin your graduate level nursing career, consider the following:

  • Do you agree with this assessment?
  • Based on your prior experiences, how much has theory been integrated into your nursing education?
  • In your opinion, how might a greater theoretical awareness benefit your education at the graduate level?
  • Be sure to supplement your discussion with your personal and professional experiences.

Responses need to address all components of the question, demonstrate critical thinking and analysis, and include peer reviewed journal evidence to support the student’s position.

Please be sure to validate your opinions and ideas with citations and references in APA format. 

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