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Nursing Process Discipline and Independent Nursing

Nursing process discipline is a nursing theory developed by nursing theorist, Ida Jean Orlando. This theory, one of the first written about the nursing process, was written to help establish nursing as an independent function in providing health care for a patient. Through this independent nursing function, Orlando developed her theory on the concept of the nurse-patient interaction. During that interaction the nurse recognizes a patient behavior as an “… immediate need for help” (George, 2011, p. 165). This “immediate” need must be correctly identified by the nurse, so the nurse may provide care to relieve the need for help experienced by the patient. Orlando’s creation of the nursing process discipline helped to further establish nursing as a profession and aimed to “…recognize the pivotal importance of the patient participation and intelligent nurse deliberation in the nursing process” (Sitzman & Eichelberger, 2011, p. 118). The purpose of this paper is to introduce the reader to the basic concepts of Ida Jean Orlando’s nursing theory and the working correlation between patien…
 

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