Anne Boykin and Savina O. Schoenhofer
Nursing As Caring
The theory of Nursing As Caring is a general or grand nursing theory that can be used as a framework to guide nursing practice. The theory is grounded in several key assumptions:
- persons are caring by virtue of their humanness
- persons live their caring moment to moment
- persons are whole or complete in the moment
- personhood is living life grounded in caring
- personhood is enhanced through participating in nurturing relationships with caring others
- nursing is both a discipline and a profession (Boykin & Schoenhofer, 2001, p.11).
The most basic premise of the theory is that all humans are caring persons, that to be human is to be called to live one's innate caring nature. Developing the full potential of expressing caring is an ideal and for practical purposes, is a lifelong process. (Extract taken from: Nursing As Caring - A Brief Overview of The Theory of Nursing As Caring Boykin & Schoenhofer)
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