Original ArticleToward a North-South Dialogue Revisiting Nursing Theory (From the South)Salas, Anna Santos MN, RN Author Information Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Corresponding author: Anna Santos Salas, MN, RN, Doctoral candidate, Faculty of Nursing, University of Alberta, 3rd Floor CSB, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2G3 (e-mail: [email protected]). I thank Dr Brenda Cameron for her immense support, cultural understanding, and faithful guidance during the preparation of this article. Her nursing thinking and questioning prompted the development of this article. I also thank the Government of Chile, Universidad de Concepción, and University of Alberta for their funding support. Advances in Nursing Science: January 2005 - Volume 28 - Issue 1 - p 17-24 Buy Abstract In nursing, the current world situation calls us to revisit our knowledge schemes and revise the extent to which they assist us in improving the health of the world peoples. In this discussion, I offer a Latin American nursing perspective to knowledge development in our discipline. I suggest that a persistent concern to develop elaborate conceptualizations has distracted our attention from the realities practicing nurses face throughout the world. In their abstractness, (North) American nursing theories have conveyed a view that presumingly universal imposes itself as hegemonic in the international nursing community. Yet the exportation of these theories to other countries introduces a view that is foreign to practicing nurses. The world situation as well as the disparate and concurrent human paths that we witness and experience calls for approaches that are more in tune with the local realities of nursing practices. © 2005 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.