4.1 Applying Nursing Theory
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Applying Nursing Theory

Module 4.1 – Discussion

Applying Nursing Theory


  1. Select one (1) of the following scenarios related to a specific nursing.  Think about what you would do in the scenario presented and post your ideas.
  2. Post two (2) discussion questions based on the readings along with your answers.

TheoristScenarioFlorence Nightengale

  1. Using Nightengale’s concepts of ventilationlightnoise, and cleanliness, analyze the setting in which you are practicing nursing (working as an employee or student).
  2. Using Nightengale’s theory, evaluate the nursing interventions you have identified for an individual patient in your facility or practice.


  3. Your hospital patient is an 82 year-old woman. She does not have immediate family and has been living alone in her own home. Her hospitalization was unanticipated; it followed a visit to the emergency room for a burn on her lower leg. The patient has been hospitalized for 14 days. She pleads with you to allow her friend to bring her dog, a 16-year-old Scotty Terrier, to the hospital. She tells you that none of the other nurses have listened to her when she asked them about such a visit. Based on Nightingale’s model, and 13 cannon, what actions would you take for this patient?

Betty Neuman

  1. Martina is a middle-aged Hispanic woman who brings her family to a local free clinic to obtain medical care. She works part time in a restaurant for minimum wage. She lives in a small apartment with her daughter and four preschool children; her daughter speaks only very broken English. Martina’s medical diagnoses are hypertension, arthritis, and depression.

    Use the Neuman System Model as a conceptual framework to respond to the following:

    1. Describe the family as a system.
    2. How does the dominant Anglo culture impact on the family’s stability as a system?
    3. What stressors (actual and potential) threaten the family?
    4. What additional assessment data are needed related to Martina’s medical diagnoses?
    5. What additional assessment data are needed related to the family’s health status?
    6. How will cultural differences influence planning for prevention as intervention at primary, secondary, and tertiary levels?


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