Why are nursing theories important to nursing?

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There was a time when nursing was a two year college diploma that mainly concentrated on science and mathematics related to health care. However, nursing has changed over the last ten years or so. More specifically, curriculum requirements have changed as nurses are being required to fulfill more and more responsibilities. For instance, you can rarely speak to doctors once you are admitted into a hospital. The theoretical aspects of the nursing programs are included into the nursing curriculum to prepare a student for higher level positions that involve administrative duties. These positions involve writing and communicating information rather than bed side care of the patients. The academic world includes theoretical components in all areas; nursing is no different from other programs. Theory aims to present different perspectives on a particular topic rather than giving a student a concrete answer to a question.

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