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					                                    Kwantlen University College
                                   Collaborative Nursing Program

                                      NRSG 3325: Professional Growth -
                                             Nursing Inquiry

                                              Learning Activity #2:

                                         Nursing is Inquiry in Practice:
                                           World Views In Inquiry

OVERVIEW:

                      "The word science comes from a word meaning "knowledge,"
                      and the word philosophy comes from one meaning "wisdom."
                      All research is based on philosophical beliefs about the world,
                     also called a worldview or paradigm. Paradigm is from a Greek
                      word meaning "pattern". Thomas Kuhn first applied this word
                     to science to describe the way people in society think about the
                     world."
                                                         - Lo-Biondo-Wood & Haber, (2002), p. 127.

Paradigms or worldviews help us to organize information and data in order to undergo the
process of inquiry. Often, nursing education and practice makes an examination of one's
worldview both imperative and automatic. In order to provide nursing care in a meaningful,
phenomenological way, nursing students and practitioners need to analyze and articulate
particular worldviews of caring, being, and action in the world of nursing. The core paradigms of
nursing have undergone radical transitions over the past decades. It is both grounding and
enlightening for nurses to witness these various worldviews and identify the ones that empower
them to practice in an effective and healing way.

ENDS IN VIEW:

This learning activity is intended to give the learner the opportunity to:

1. Explore the concept of "Worldview” as it relates to Nursing and Nursing Inquiry

2. Understand and give examples of the diversity of worldviews possible.

3. Explore the relevance of worldviews for Nursing Education, Research and Practice.




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IN PREPARATION:

1. Consider what YOUR worldview is. Write a paragraph or two to summarize it.

2. Pay attention to people you interact with, or watch on television or as you are out and about.
  How would you describe their worldview?

3. Read: Van Sell, S. L. (2002). Nursing: Receding and evolving paradigms (editorial).
        ICUs and Nursing Web Journal (10), April - June.
       http://www.nursing.gr/selleditorial.pdf

4. Visit: A variety of web cams listed on the Earth Cam site at:
          http://search.earthcam.com/search_cam.php?cat=SOC&sub=t

           Contrast the worldview afforded at the following websites and bring your insights to
          class for discussion. Notice the nuances of these various close shots of the world, and
          distinguish the world views conveyed. How are they similar? How are they different?

a) Times Square, New York: http://www.earthcam.com/usa/newyork/timessquare/
b) Western Wall, Jerusalem: http://www.aish.com/wallcam/
c) Bocholter Marketplace, Germany: http://www.georgius.de/marktplatz/livebild.cfm
d) Austrian Alps: http://www.arlberg.com/englisch/wetter/livebildgalzig.php3
e) Salt Lake City, Utah: http://www.earthcam.com/usa/utah/saltlakecity/
f) Waikiki Beach, Hawaii: http://www.earthcam.com/usa/hawaii/waikiki/
g) Moscow, Russia: http://www.earthcam.com/russia/moscow/
h) English Bay, Vancouver: http://www.katkam.ca/
i) Inverness Castle, Scotland: http://www.earthcam.com/uk/scotland/inverness/
j) Eifell Tower, Paris: http://www.abcparislive.com/

5. Read: Leffel, Jim. (1994). Understanding Basic Beliefs. Understanding World Views.
http://www.xenos.org/essays/worldvw.htm


IN PRACTICE:

1. Participate in class discussion related to worldviews and how they influence Nursing and
   Nursing Inquiry.

2. Consider the article by Van Sell. How have the evolving paradigms or worldviews described
 influenced Nursing Inquiry, Research, and Practice?

3. Discuss the three worldviews written about by Leffel. Share your feelings about how they
   relate to your own world views, and the common world view themes of contemporary times.
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4. With a partner or small group, create a concept map linking the various parts of one=s world
   view, including the influence on Nursing Inquiry, Research and Practice. Discuss how
    people who live in the various places viewed on your web cam online tour might have
    different worldviews from others. How does environment impact on worldview?

5. What shapes your worldview? Your thoughts, your feelings, your physical sensations and
   observation? Your culture? Your education? Your experiences? Explain.

IN REFLECTION:

1. Continue to observe your own worldview in action. Think about how it has changed since
   you first began the Collaborative Nursing Program. How has it changed since beginning the
   sixth semester of the program?

REFERENCES:

        Earthcam Inc. (1996). Earth Cam - Web Cam Network.
http://search.earthcam.com/search_cam.php?cat=SOC&sub=t

        Leffel, Jim. (1994). Understanding Basic Beliefs. Understanding World Views.
http://www.xenos.org/essays/worldvw.htm

      LoBiondo-Wood, G. & Haber, J. (2002). Nursing Research: Methods, Critical Appraisal,
and Utilization. 5th edition. Mosby: St. Louis, Missouri.

       Van Sell, S. L. (2002). Nursing: Receding and evolving paradigms (editorial). ICUs and
Nursing Web Journal (10), April - June. http://www.nursing.gr/selleditorial.pdf




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