A THEORISTS IS ALWAYS A THEORISTS!
AN ANNE BOYKIN AND SAVINA O. SCHOENHOFER
THE THEORY OF NURSING AS CARING: A MODEL FOR TRANSFORMING PRACTICE
SUMMARY OF THE AUTHOR:
Anne Boykin grew up in Kaukauna,Wisconsin, the eldest of six children. She began her career in nursing in 1966,graduating from Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She received her Master's Degree from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and her Doctorate from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. Dr. Boykin is married to Steve Staudenmeyer, and they have four children. Anne Boykin is Dean and Professor of the Christine E. Lynn College of nursing at Florida Atlantic University. She is Director of the Christine E. Lynn Center for caring, which is housed in the College of Nursing. Boykin's scholarly work is centered on caring as the grounding for nursing. This is evidenced in her book (co-authored with Schoenhofer), Nursing as Caring: A Model for Transforming Practice (1993-2001) and her book, Living a Caring-Based Program (1994). She has written numerous book chapters and articles and serves as a consultant locally,regionally, nationally, and internationally on the topic of caring. Today, Boykin continues to enchant and nourish her love for the natural life.
SAVINA O. SCHOENHOFER
SAVINA O. SCHOENHOFER
Savina O. Schoenhofer was born the second child and the eldest daughter in a family of nine children and spent her formative years on the family cattle ranch in Kansas. She has daughter, Carrie, and a grand-daughter, Emma. Her initial nursing study was completed at Wichita State University, where she earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing, psychology, and counselling. She completed a PhD in educational foundation and administration at Kansas State University in 1993. Her career in nursing has been influenced significantly by three colleagues: Lt. Col. Ann Ashjian (Ret), whose community nursing practice in Brazil presented an inspiring model of nursing; Marilyn E. Parker, PhD, a faculty colleague who mentored her in the idea of nursing as a discipline, the academic role of higher education, and the world of nursing theorists; and Anne Boykin, PhD, who introduced her to caring as a substantive field of nursing study. Schoenhofer created the Theory of Nursing as Caring website, which serves as a vibrant, interactive source of information about how the theory is lived in practices and research.
SUMMARY OF THE THEORY:
The Theory of nursing as Caring: A Model for Transforming Practice by Anne Boykin and Savina Shoenhofer. Their Theory is grounded in caring that led Boykin and Schoenhofer to conceptualize the focus of nursing as caring. Showing to the client the best care that they need. Boykin and Schoenhofer address six major assumptions that reflect a set of values to provide the basis for understanding and explicating the meaning of nursing. 1) PERSONS ARE CARING BY VIRTUE OF THEIR HUMANNESS means that our caring values is inborn to us human. 2) PERSONS ARE WHOLE AND COMPLETE IN THE MOMENT means that our physical, spiritual, and emotional aspects will joint together as one and the holistic level as well. 3) PERSONS LIVE CARING MOMENT TO MOMENT means our caring character is a gift and we will carry until death, and even a simple "how are you" to a person shows that we care for him/her. 4) PERSONHOOD IS LIVING LIFE GROUNDED IN CARING means upbringing the personhood. 5) PERSONHOOD IS ENHANCED THROUGH PARTICIPATING IN NURTURING RELATIONSHIPS WITH CARING OTHERS means showing our care to the other person and treat them as our love one or member of the family. 6) NURSING IS BOTH DISCIPLINE AND A PROFESSION means it is our way in gaining knowledge. These six major assumptions is a basis in nurturing the client to be able to perform a systematic work in nursing profession.
NURSING- nurturing persons living caring and growing in caring.
HEALTH- a well-being state of a person.
PERSON- illuminated as living grounded in caring.
ENVIRONMENT- defines situanally to any context that is influenced by the client.
Anne Boykin and Savina O. Schoenhofer are both Doctor of Philosophy, at the same time a writers. There are several books authored by them about their Theory of Nursing as Caring. The Theory of Nursing as Caring explained that there is interaction between a nurse and those nursed. Knowing that a nurse should able to perform the different functions of nurturing a client in living and growing in caring. Caring is lived by each person moment to moment. To prevent sickness and other diseases alike. To maintain the discipline in engaging to human living and have a healthy living. Anne Boykin and Savina O. Schoenhofer, a Model for Transforming Practice through Nursing as Caring. Caring not only for ourselves but caring to a holistic level. Practice in caring first to ourselves is a first step where we can find a real caring to others and the best possible way to have a much better relationship. The nature of relationship is transformed through caring.
APPRECIATION OF THE THEORY:
The Theory of Nursing as Caring: A Model for Transforming Practice authored by Anne Boykin and Savina O. Schoenhofer tackle about the interaction of a nurse to the client as well as the relationship to the personhood. Their Theory has a big contribution to the nursing profession because the Theory stated about caring. We all know that a nurse itself will nourish to the client whether ill or well. The one will provide assistance and guidance until the client will fully recovered from illness. It is her/his duty and responsibility to ensure the good health and proper client's needs. The significance of Boykin and Schoenhofer's Theory to the other Theories is the closeness and it is related to our personal life. How we treat and give importance to a person showing our care to them especially if it is one of the member of the family. But the Theory tell us not only to our family we will show our care but to the personhood as well. Especially those who needs our service moment to moment in any status of life.
Being a nurse is not an easy job. It takes time to understand the situation and how to facilitate the needs of the client. How to perform directly and surely to be able to make a right process in every task, especially when you are in the field of actual demostration that you have to decide independently. To act like a professional one. Giving your confidence can help to a nurse to succeed and show that you are competent like other in the same profession. It is not easy but the feeling that you've helped the client to recover from illness is the best achievement that you received, and even a simple word of "Thank You" that can make you smile and a feeling of enjoyment. That's how a nurse give a full interaction between the client and the each member of a client's family and also the member of health team.