ArticleNursing Theory-Based Independent Nursing Practice: A Personal Experience of Closing the Theory-Practice GapMusker, Kathleen PhD, RNAuthor Information Author Affiliation:School of Nursing and Health Studies, Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Illinois. Correspondence: Kathleen Musker, PhD, RN, School of Nursing and Health Studies, Northern Illinois University, 1240 Normal, DeKalb, IL (firstname.lastname@example.org). The author thanks Dr Paula Kagan for her contribution to this article. Advances in Nursing Science: January-March 2011 - Volume 34 - Issue 1 - p 67-77 doi: 10.1097/ANS.0b013e31820944b1 Buy Metrics Abstract The article presents a narrative and exemplar from an independent nursing practice underpinned by the theory of health as expanding consciousness. The journey illustrates the importance of developing personal and professional awareness of theories that are congruent with one's worldview. This enhances meaning in nursing practice and contributes to closing the theory-practice gap. The benefits of independent nursing practice to closing the gap are also discussed. © 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.