Nursology, the annual nursing theory conference, provides a global forum for nurses to gather and discuss nursing theory as a means of developing and disseminating the current scientific knowledge for nursing practice, research, education, and healthcare policy. Nursology was inspired by the work of 4 prominent nursing theorists from UCLA: 1) Dorothy Johnson [Behavioral Systems], 2) Sr. Callista Roy [Adaptation], 3) Betty Neuman [Systems], and 4) Afaf Meleis (Transitions). The Virtual Nursing Theory Week was held from March 16-20, 2023, with the theme of “Creating Communities to Inspire Nursing Knowledge Development.” This years’ conference forum featured two ORPCS presentations with Dr. Michelle Y. Williams, Dr. Maria O’Rourke, and Dr. Chrystal Lewis.
On March 16, 2023, Dr. Williams and Dr. O’Rourke spoke on “The Organizational Research Infrastructure: Theory-Driven, Hardwired, Sustainable Nurse-Led Research Practice and Knowledge Development.” Dr. Williams opened the session with a discussion of how to amplify aspects of innovative leadership that promote the nursing profession’s commitment to “do no harm” through professional practice excellence. She explained how infrastructure development can lead to a focused approach to address health equity with an authentic presence. Key presentation segments included relevant models and frameworks (Neuman, King, Marker, O’Rourke), the concept of health equity, and the professional role of nurse scientists. Dr. O’Rourke expanded on the nurse scientist role by displaying and discussing the evolution of the Professional Role Driven Practice Model, which incorporated an adaption of the O’Rourke Model and an obligation to “do no harm” at the point of care. Dr. Williams continued the dialogue with specific examples of strategic framework components and the founding of the Stanford Medicine Black Nurses Association Chapter. The session concluded with visual display of the M.Y. Williams Organizational Research Excellence Structure Model, which amplifies innovation concepts that promote the nursing profession’s commitment to “do no harm” through professional role-driven practice excellence.
On March 17, 2023, Drs. Williams and Lewis presented “Leveraging Networks to Generate Nursing Knowledge: A Health Equity Concept Analysis.” The presentation focused on the health equity concept analysis developed by ORPCS team members Drs. Chrystal Lewis, Cecelia L. Crawford, Lynette Apen, Alice Yan, and Michelle Y. Williams. Because of the current ubiquitous and inconsistent usage of the term “health equity,” the presentation focused on the need for a specific definition and clarification. Further discussion included examining defining attributes of health equity, what must happen to achieve health equity, and the consequences (all positive) of achieving health equity. The question-and-answer session was particularly engaging and evolved into new collaborations with colleagues across the United States who share a passion for health equity.
The presentations by Drs. Williams, O’Rourke, and Lewis demonstrate Stanford Health Care’s Office of Research Patient Care Services deliberate intentionality in the creation of nursing theory and further positioning Stanford Health Care to be a unique innovator of nursing theory direct to clinical practice.
Written by: Cecelia L. Crawford