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Nursing is getting involved in health care industry and working with patients at personal level. Nurses care for individual patients together with their families. The theory is a coherent group of propositions used as canons of explanation. Therefore, nursing theory refers to rigorous and creative structure of opinions that project a systematic, purposeful, and tentative view of phenomena. Various theories of nursing exist. For example, Executive Nurse Leadership, Dorthea Orem, and Florence Nightingale theories. The first one views nurses as leaders. Therefore, they inspire and encourage other registered nurses as well as hold them accountable for their actions so as to ensure job satisfaction in their activities (Ennis, Happell & Reid-Searl, 2015). In addition, they provide support, motivate, coordinate, and provide resources necessary to enable individuals and teams to arrive at their collective goals.

Importance of Nursing Theory

Nursing theory is associated with many benefits such as providing information to people on its need. Before the theories were introduced, individuals had less knowledge on the importance of nursing. Therefore, the they have helped in educating people on the benefits of nursing as well as enabling students to understand them faster. Secondly, the theories give an outline for reflection that defines a direction that a plan should take to achieve a set objective. The framework provides an arrangement for management, decision making and investigation. The theories also enforce a structure for communication with other nurses, representatives, and members of health care group. Nursing theories help in the development of formulated objectives, values, and beliefs. The theories assist in defining the various contribution of nursing to caring for clients.

The study of nursing is essential in the master program because it brings transformative thinking, evolutionary change, and call for continuing imagination in graduate education. Including the study of nursing in master will prepare students for flexible leadership, and critical action within sophisticated and changing systems such as health, organizational, and educational systems. Master education helps in equipping students with valuable skills and knowledge to bring change, increase health, and accelerate care in different roles and settings. Therefore, master’s education prepares nurses who have the knowledge and skills to address the gaps resulting from healthcare needs (Ferrell & DeCrane, 2016).

Nursing theory sets standard rules for conducting activities, which enable students to have a common procedure for treating patients. The theories provide a guideline for nursing in defining its professional parameters. In addition, the theories provide nursing practice with guidelines that support it as an independent profession, which is majorly based on providing generic care on medicine.

The uniqueness of the role of nursing separates it from other healthcare professions. The role of nursing is grounded in four concepts of metaparadigm that major on human needs. The four concepts include health, person, environment, and nursing practice. The conceptual framework of the concepts gives nurses ability to involve theories in their practice so as to differentiate it from other healthcare professions. The frameworks are constructed systematically, based on science, and are related logically. However, the person should be the most important of the four concepts, and it includes patient and nurse.

The main concern regarding the use of nursing theory within the profession is knowledge. Knowledge of the theory should be a major concern since its development is important. Knowledge is familiarity gained through experience, and it determines the competency of a group of people.

Summary of executive nursing leadership theory

Executive nursing leadership theory was developed by Ann Scott Blouin in her attempt to explain how nurse leaders can be supported to executive roles. It addresses how the support a nurse receives from their partner and from the workplace can aide their journey to executive roles. The theory was first published in the 1970 and the lasted edition was in the year 2015 in The Importance of the partner: Supporting Nurse Leader’s Journey to Executive Roles (Blouin, 2015). The concepts contained in this theory are shared by many nurse executives’ when outlining their success stories. The concepts include:

1)      Negotiating: The Division of Labor

When supporting the nurse leaders’ journey to executive roles, it is important to address the key question of “who does what.” It is the nature of human to perform well and grow faster when assigned tasks that they are happy while undertaking. It is a common view that people should do those tasks that address their dreams and aspirations in life. Nurses should never suffer in silence and should be open to suggest tasks they think will fast track their growth towards achieving their goals.

2)      Flexibility: Key to survival and growth

Every nurse who wants to experience growth towards executive roles must embrace flexibility. They must realize that there comes a time when they have to drift in and out of roles. It is also important for their partners to embrace the same idea so that these nurses can have the support they need to grow professionally.

This theory addresses the four metaparadigms/ concepts in the following ways:

Person: Ann Scott Blouin argued that a person is never predefined at birth but rather they acquire the definition as they grow and mature.

Health: Ann Scott Blouin viewed health as something that could be measured. She argued that health means being free of any form of illness or disease. A person may harbor disease without showing any signs of illness.

Environment: Ann Scott Blouin believed that a person’s understanding of their environment was determined by their interpretation of their situations.

Application of Executive Nurse Leadership Theory to Selected Professional Nursing Practice Area

1.      Education

Leadership is learned and mastered over time. Therefore, its basic knowledge and skills should be grasped by students earlier, especially in schools. Hence, nursing educators should provide their students with the most relevant knowledge and expectation for new future learning opportunities. Faculty should be obligated to show students the way to their first as well as their next career placement. In addition, they should indicate to students their next degree and continuous learning gaps.

2.      Leadership

Nurse leaders need to develop opinions, approach to management, and confidently make decisions within a social, economic, and political context that make their solutions sustainable and real. Nurses must take the responsibility of educating and socializing with their clients (Lam, Loi, Chan & Liu, 2016). Socialization can be in the form of mentoring others, especially the new and less experienced nurses. 

3.      Informatics

Informatics integrates nursing with several information management as well as analytical science to define, identify and transfer, knowledge, data, and wisdom in nursing practice. Nurse leader and managers are expected to be competent in communicating information. Informatics competencies include knowledge in computer skills, which is necessary to deliver information from the source to the destination.

4.      Healthcare Policy

Leadership have lead to improved patient safety, better working environment, lower workers’ turnover, and job satisfaction. Despite the advantages, it also experiences challenges such as modern technology, cultural barriers, and financial constraints. Therefore, leadership should not be seen as the major function of nurses. However, it should be practiced in every healthcare unit where implementing change and attaining high standards of patients’ care is necessary.

5.      Nurse Practitioner

Leadership influences individual’s attainment of set goals. It increases innovation and improves both individual care practices, and organizational processes to attain quality, and safety of healthcare results. In addition, it helps in motivating workers, speeding up communication process, and ensuring that an organizational, and individual goals are achieved.


1.      Executive Nurse theory ensures that patients outcome rises with improvement in leadership skills within the healthcare facility. I witnessed an improvement in patients’ satisfaction such as reduction in mortality rates, fewer complications, and better health while I was on an internship at Houston Methodist Hospital.

2.      I also experienced better communication between workers due to better communication channel within Houston Methodist Hospital where each employee had a supervisor to who they report their problems.


Theories provide a conceptual framework to nurses that ensures that they conduct their activities within specific standards and according to predetermined rules. The standards enable their clients to have confidence in their activities. Executive Nurse theory explains the importance, and the responsibilities of leaders. It explains the roles of nurses of educating and monitoring their clients. In addition, it explains the importance of having a body that is responsible for monitoring other registered nurses. Nursing theories help in building the relationship between nurses themselves, and their clients.


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