Why Nursing Theory?
Nurses prevent illness and provide care to the patients. Moreover, they maintain the environment surrounding the patients to ensure natural coordination or nursing activities and quick recovery of patients (Crossan and Robb). In this respect, nursing theory is grounded in four meta-paradigm: person, the environment, nursing, and health (Crossan and Robb). Each discipline has a unique focus on knowledge that sets it apart from other disciplines. Evidence-based practices guide these disciplines to ensure quality of care, and patient safety (Hughes).
With the commercialization of healthcare delivery, the quality of care deteriorated in most health facilities. In this respect, magnet status was developed to help reverse the downward trend. Magnet status requires a thorough appraisal processes that ensures that health facilities achieve the all the forces of magnetism in administration, professional practice, and professional development (Hughes). The nature of work environments determines the outcomes of nursing interventions. The environment is one of the meta-paradigm of nursing theory and to a great extent determines patient safety (Crossan and Robb). Therefore, it must be improved for positive patient outcomes. Magnet status ensures that such factors are observed to provide nurses an ample environment in which to operate. Magnet model requires that nurses demonstrate leadership. Leadership entails involvement in decision-making processes to improve standards of care (Crossan and Robb). Such roles require constant knowledge, innovations, and improvements based on evidence-based practice. As such, nurses can explore the safest and best practices based on nursing theories to generate new knowledge and improve their work environment and patient outcomes. Innovation is one of the hallmarks of magnet recognition (Hughes).
Therefore, it is evident that nursing theories reinforced by the magnet model provide avenues for professional development and improved patient outcomes. Health care facilities should adopt the magnet model to ensure the development of their nurses and their professional roles in health care.