Nursing models, theories and philosophic frameworks have been emerging for over 50 years. But they have not always been welcomed as relevant to nursing practice. Part of the disconnect lies in what "theory" is thought to be. My own favorite definition of “theory” is "a vision - a mental construction of what could be in human experience. In nursing, these mental constructions provide a roadmap, a path to follow in shaping human experience toward wholeness and well-being. This issue of ANS includes current thinking in nursing that clarifies how and why nursing theories are essential to nursing practice, and articles that illustrate current theoretical developments in nursing. Most important I believe this issue of ANS points in the direction of meaningful connections between theory, research and practice.
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Peggy L. Chinn, RN, PhD, FAAN
Professor Emerita, University of Connecticut
Editor, Advances in Nursing Science