Journal of Professional Nursing

Thinking through Diagnosis: Process in Nursing Practice 

Merian Litchfield, RGON, DipN, (Sans), BA, Course Supervisor, School of Nursing, Wellington Polytechnic 

Reference:  Litchfield, M. (1986). Thinking through Diagnosis: Process in Nursing Practice. Nursing Praxis in New Zealand, 1(4), 9-12.


The quality of nursing care in the contemporary New Zealand context, under current working conditions, is an issue of urgent consideration for nurses.  Dialogue on theoretical frameworks for nursing practice continues, but an examination of day-to-day nursing is necessary; new perspectives on actual nursing care, here and now, are needed to create movement with the times, to incorporate the current thinking onb health and nursing, to develop quality.  Margaret Newman shared with us her perspective on health and its application in nursing.  The openings this offers us to find new ways of looking at our nursing practice are exciting.

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