Original ArticlesCritical Analysis of the Nursing Metaparadigm in Spanish-Speaking Countries Is the Nursing Metaparadigm Universal?Suárez-Baquero, Daniel F. M. MSN, RN; Walker, Lorraine Olszewski EdD, MPH, RNAuthor Information School of Nursing, The University of Texas at Austin (Mr Suárez-Baquero and Dr Walker); and Maternal and Perinatal Nursing Care Research Group, School of Nursing, Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Bogota, Colombia (Mr Suárez-Baquero). Correspondence: Daniel F. M. Suárez-Baquero, MSN, RN, School of Nursing, The University of Texas at Austin, 1710 Red River St, Austin, TX 78712 ([email protected]). Both authors contributed equally to the manuscript. The authors thank Dr John Bellquist for his kind review, editing, contributions, reflections, and valuable suggestions about English language. Also, the authors thank especially to all the nursing professors from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia with whom the authors have discussed this matter for years, and their insights, which have been invaluable. The authors declared no potential conflicts of interest with respect to the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article. Advances in Nursing Science: April/June 2021 - Volume 44 - Issue 2 - p 111-122 doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000335 Buy Metrics Abstract This critical analysis examines the definitions of concepts in the nursing metaparadigm presented in English language literature in relation to the perspective of published Spanish-speaking nurse researchers in Spanish-speaking countries. Because language shapes our understanding, nurses who are taught in Spanish to become nurses possess a distinctive disciplinary perspective, based on the notion of nursing as the science of caring. This article is intended to facilitate an awareness with which researchers can overcome language barriers in theoretical development. For settings in which English-speaking and Spanish-speaking nurses must work together, sensitivity to differences in linguistic nuances is important. © 2021 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.