Our featured article for the coming two weeks is titled “A Theoretical Framework for
Elisabeth Dahlborg- Lyckhage
Emancipatory Nursing With a Focus on Environment and Persons’ Own and Shared Lifeworld” by Elisabeth Dahlborg Lyckhage, PhD; Eva Brink, PhD and Berit Lindahl, PhD. In this article, the authors conceptualize “rooms” that re-focus understanding of the central phenomenon of the person’s experience of health, along with the central influence of the environment in shaping that experience (see model below). The theoretical framework leads to understanding and action in the form of anti-oppressive practice (AOP). They state: “Knowing
the complexity involved in defining health is basic to understanding a person’s experiences of health. But, in contemporary nursing, definitions of health need to be complemented by more explicit critical and environmental aspects, the aim being increased equality and social justice.” (page 344). Dr. Dahlborg-Lyckhage shared this message about their work:
Due to a growing inequity, regarding both health and received care among different groups we propose an emancipatory theoretical framework for nursing care practice. The focus on environment is a way of connecting to Nightingale’s work, although in the
Western world of today there are other problems in the environment that affect nursing care. By using the metaphor room, we scrutinize our environment, from the philosophical level to the interactions between care seeking persons and the professionals. We hope that the paper will contribute to the existing literature on equality in nursing.
Our featured article from the current issue of ANS is titled “Work-Integrated Learning: A Didactic Tool to Develop Praxis in Nurse Education” by Elisabeth Dahlborg Lyckhage, PhD, RNT, RN and Sandra Pennbrant, PhD, RNT, RN. In
Elisabeth Dahlborg Lyckhage
this thought-provoking article, the authors examine the concept of “praxis,” clarifying various meanings and proposing a view of this concept that challenges nurse educators to examine, with students, their nursing actions from a philosophical, theoretical, and practical point of view. They provided this message about their work as nurse educators in Sweden:
Our interest in the concept of praxis was aroused some ten years ago when we noted that the concept was used in completely different ways in nursing. Sometimes one was referring to routines, sometimes to the tangible reality (as practice), sometimes to the connection between theory and practice. To deepen and clarify the meaning of the concept of praxis, in order to use praxis as the knowledge created in the
meeting between theory and practice, we have used work integrated learning. University West is responsible on the national level in Sweden for developing work integrated learning. It is therefore important for teachers in the nursing program to use work integrated learning as a tool for developing praxis.
While their article is featured on the ANS web site, you can download it free of charge! We welcome your comments and responses; read the article and return here to share your ideas!