Nurse scholars have claimed that nursing is both a discipline and a profession. To understand these claims, we must first know what it means for nursing to have a “unique body of knowledge.” If we assume that nursing does, indeed, possess a unique body of knowledge, we can claim that nursing is a “basic science” rather than an “applied science.” Despite these claims, debate continues about nursing as a discipline, profession, and science. Is nursing a discipline? A profession? Is nursing a basic science and/or applied science? In your initial post, state what you think about nursing as a discipline, profession, and science. Explore the literature beyond that assigned to you for this week’s readings to help you formulate your position. You should include the following:
Nursing As Discipline
- What is a discipline? What is a profession? What’s the difference? What are examples of each?
- Does nursing fit the “discipline” and “profession” criteria?
- What is a “basic science”? What is an “applied science”? What’s the difference?
- Is nursing a “basic” or “applied” science?
- Support your statements with scholarly references. You may use those from the assigned readings for this module, but you must also select and use (via your literature search) a minimum of one scholarly reference outside of the assigned readings in your initial post.
- Present your posts and replies in a professional, scholarly manner. Use the APA publication manual to format citations and references.