Fundamentals of Nursing Models, Theories, and Practice discusses the theory-practice gap in detail in many chapters. As you have read throughout the course, there is ongoing discussion about the connection between theory and practice and the application in day-to-day nursing activities. This reflection is designed to illustrate that although there may be a gap, other factors play an important role in decision-making and each aspect of theory, research, and practice experience are integral to well-rounded patient care.
Access Fundamentals of Nursing Models, Theories, and Practice and review Figure 1.4 Correlation: Education, Science and Practice on page 11.
Think of a scenario in which theory, research, and practice interact to create positive patient outcomes and answer the following a minimum of 250 words:
- Describe the chosen theory, research, and practice guideline or standard.
- Explain the relationship among the three and discuss the role each plays in quality patient care in the scenario.
- Explain any gaps, such as a lack of research, no practice standard, or no usable theory.
- Determine the best course of action for making decisions in the absence of one aspect.