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A Central Unifying Focus for the Discipline: Facilitating Humanization, Meaning, Choice, Quality of Life, and Healing in Living and Dying

Willis, Danny G. DNS, APRN, BC; Grace, Pamela J. PhD, APRN; Roy, Callista PhD, RN, FAAN

doi: 10.1097/01.ANS.0000311534.04059.d9
Article Available Online Only for the January-March Issue

Nursing has a rich history of knowledge development, yet there remains ambiguity about what is a proper central unifying focus for the discipline. At this time in our history, it is imperative that we clearly define and articulate who we are and what we offer. Confusion about a central unifying focus is a significant problem for practice given the current healthcare environment and global problems affecting health and healing. The authors propose a central unifying focus for the discipline: facilitating humanization, meaning, choice, quality of life, and healing in living and dying. This focus will serve as a basis for our professional identity, strengthen our endeavors, and provide the ontological and epistemological basis for our continuing evolution as a practice profession.

Nursing has a rich history of knowledge development, yet ambiguity remains about what is a proper central unifying focus for the discipline. The authors propose a central unifying focus for the discipline: facilitating humanization, meaning, choice, quality of life, and healing in living and dying.

Boston College, William F Connell School of Nursing, Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.

Corresponding Author: Danny G. Willis, DNS, APRN, BC, Boston College, William F. Connell School of Nursing, 140 Commonwealth Ave, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 (willisdb@bc.edu).

The authors thank Dorothy A. Jones, EdD, FAAN, for her participation and insights during the dialogue/inquiry process.

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