Vocation in theology-based nursing theories
Language: 
English
Abstract: 

By using the concepts of intrinsicality/extrinsicality as analytic tools, the theology-based nursing theories of Ann Bradshaw and Katie Eriksson are analyzed regarding their explicit and/or implicit understanding of vocation as a motivational factor for nursing. The results show that both theories view intrinsic values as guarantees against reducing nursing practice to mechanistic applications of techniques and as being a way of reinforcing a high ethical standard. The theories explicitly (Bradshaw) or implicitly (Eriksson) advocate a vocational understanding of nursing as being essential for nursing theories. Eriksson's theory has a potential for conceptualizing an understanding of extrinsic and intrinsic motivational factors for nursing but one weakness in the theory could be the risk of slipping over to moral judgments where intrinsic factors are valued as being superior to extrinsic. Bradshaw's theory is more complex and explicit in understanding the concept of vocation and is theologically more plausible, although also more confessional.

Author(s): 
Lundmark, Mikael
Item Type: 
Journal Article
Publication Title: 
Nursing Ethics
Journal Abbreviation: 
Nurs Ethics
Publication Date: 
2007-11
Publication Year: 
2007
Pages: 
767-780
Volume: 
14
Issue: 
6
ISSN: 
0969-7330
DOI: 
10.1177/0969733007082117
Library Catalog: 
PubMed
Extra: 
PMID: 17901187

Turabian/Chicago Citation

Mikael Lundmark. 2007-11. "Vocation in theology-based nursing theories." Nursing Ethics 14: 6: 767-780. 10.1177/0969733007082117.

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