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The Nursing Knowledge Pyramid: A Theory of the Structure of Nursing Knowledge

Decker, Veronica B., DNP, PMHCNS-BC, MBA; Hamilton, Roger M., PhD

doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000204
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A theory of the structure of nursing knowledge is proposed. Using retroductive reasoning to build upon an existing theory, the goal of the Nursing Knowledge Pyramid is to integrate disparate forms of nursing knowledge into a comprehensive, coherent, and useful structure to enhance the learning, development, automation, and accessibility of nursing knowledge. Education uses are discussed.

University of Central Florida College of Nursing, Orlando (Dr Decker); and Consultant, Mt Dora, Florida (Dr Hamilton).

Correspondence: Veronica B. Decker, DNP, PMHCNS-BC, MBA, University of Central Florida College of Nursing, 12201 Research Pkwy, Ste 300, Orlando, FL 32826 (

The author declared no potential conflicts of interest with respect to the research, authorship, and/or publication of this editorial.

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