Revisiting the nursing metaparadigm: Acknowledging technology as foundational to progressing nursing knowledge
Johnson, Elizabeth A.
Carrington, Jane M.
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The nursing metaparadigm, as described by Fawcett in 1984, includes human, health, nursing, and the environment, all of which support theory development by giving direction to our focus as a scientific body. Nursing scientists make their mark in biotechnological applications, mobile health, informatics, and human factors research. We give voice to the patient through design feedback and incorporating technological advancements in our evolving nursing knowledge; however, we have not formally acknowledged technology in our metaparadigm. To continue patient-centered care in this age where machines are enmeshed in daily human life, we propose technology must be a domain of the metaparadigm to continue advancing nursing science and knowledge. In this paper, we propose a separate domain of technology within the metaparadigm to challenge nurses to consider approaches within their research and practice of how technology will impact patient care and their personal development within the profession. A technology-specific domain within the metaparadigm also is a signal to other bodies of science of our willingness and ability to run at pace with novel, exciting new discoveries while adding our perspective. Nurses may become active agents in novel developments rather than passive adopters, continuing our legacy of patient advocacy through new knowledge generation. Emerging and continuing nurse leadership has set the stage for the next era of nurse-led innovation and technology development, which provides an opportunity to embed technology as a core aspect of the nursing metaparadigm.
This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: [Revisiting the nursing metaparadigm: Acknowledging technology as foundational to progressing nursing knowledge. Nursing Inquiry (2022)], which has been published in final form at https://doi.org/10.1111/nin.12502. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions: https://authorservices.wiley.com/author-resources/Journal-Authors/licensing/self-archiving.html#3.
Johnson, E., & Carrington, J. M. (2022). Revisiting the nursing metaparadigm: Acknowledging technology as foundational to progressing nursing knowledge. Nursing Inquiry, e12502.