Week 2: Ways of Knowing in Nursing

Nurses have sought to understand the art and science of nursing since the time of Florence Nightingale. Six fundamental ways of knowing underpin nursing science. These ways of knowing include: (a) personal, (b) empirical, (c) ethical, (d) aesthetics, (e) emancipatory, and (f) unknowing. Consider how these ways of knowing contribute to knowledge development by addressing the following.

1. Which two ways of knowing have had the most influence on your understanding of nursing science?

2. Which two ways of knowing have you not considered previously and how will these ways of knowing shape your future nursing practice?

3. Provide an example of how nursing science encompassed the six ways of knowing to bridge a gap to improve a healthcare outcome.

Please review the Graduate Discussion Grading Guidelines and Rubric  (Links to an external site.) for complete discussion requirements.

The student post provides support from a minimum of at least three (3) sources which may include assigned readings, or weekly module content, or outside scholarly sources. The scholarly source when used is: 1) evidence-based, 2) scholarly in nature, 3) published within the last 5 years, and 4) an in-text citation. The student initial response to the graded discussion must include at least 3 sources. Responses to peer and/or faculty, citations and references are included when information is summarized/synthesized and/or direct quotes are used, in which APA style standards then apply.