- learn about the conceptual framework Hodges' model. A tool that can help integrate HEALTH and SOCIAL CARE, INFORMATICS and EDUCATION. The model is situated, facilitates person-centredness, integrated - holistic care and reflective practice. A new site using Drupal is an ongoing aim - the creation of a reflective workbench. Email: h2cmng @ yahoo.co.uk Welcome

Sunday, April 04, 2010

Have workspace, workbench - let chaos ensue

Whether trying to write computer programs, engage in woodwork, artwork or needlecraft the workspace that you need is critical to what follows.

Having a dedicated workspace is the sign of a professional.

If these activities are purely a hobby you may need to create the space on the fly. Getting the easel and paints out, protecting the carpet and then after all those creative juices are spent you have to organise the clean-up.

The Health Career Model can provide a workspace: a dedicated one. So if like many researchers your focus is (global) health, nursing, social care and social policy ... Hodges' model can provide an assurity space. Whatever your approach here is a great way to explore the scope and boundaries of your plans, objectives and final outcomes.

I noticed a letter by Fawcett et al. (2008):
We congratulate Chaffee and McNeill on the publication of their article, “A Model of Nursing as a Complex Adaptive System” (Nursing Outlook 2007; 55:232-241). The development of a new conceptual model of nursing always is a cause for celebration of the advancement of our knowledge. We are, however, concerned that Chaffee and McNeill did not place their conceptual model within the context of or show an evolution from relevant existing nursing conceptual models. We refer readers to Holden’s1 concept analysis of complex adaptive systems. She explained the relevance to nursing of the concept, complex adaptive systems, by tracing the “rich tradition” of systems thinking in nursing and pointed out that nurse theorists, including Dorothy Johnson, Imogene King, Martha Rogers, and Callista Roy, have developed conceptual models of nursing that reflect systems thinking. Holden concluded, “This rich tradition in nursing that has emphasized connections and interactions within a systems paradigm continues today. Complexity science merely represents the next stage in understanding how systems operate.”1
Jacqueline Fawcett, RN, PhD, FAAN
Professor, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, University of Massachusetts, Boston.
Jacqueline Fawcett, Elizabeth Ann Manhart Barrett, Barbara W. Wright, Letter to Editor, Nursing Outlook, Volume 56, Issue 2, March-April 2008, 49

1. Holden LM. Complex adaptive systems: Concept analysis. J Adv Nurs 2005;52: 651-7. Nurs Outlook 2008;56:49. doi:10.1016/j.outlook.2008.01.003

Whilst explanations of systems have an essential place in understanding nursing, for me the concept of primary interest within (and without) systems is information. This is not just symptomatic of the paradigm of our times, but a fundamental facet of not only engaging leading edge (quantum) sciences, but relating nursing, complexity, systems, art and science to patients, carers, citizenry and global (eco-) health.

If this appears a recipe,
which when executed on the workbench will result in indigestion,
- have faith -
the problems of our times demands a framework with a massive conceptual maw.

So, in turn I would request that future nurse and complex systems researchers look further afield and factor in the need for and use of a high-level global (ethnoculturally agnostic), universal (multidisciplinary, objective, subjective) workspace:

One with sufficient bandwidth.

Having a dedicated workspace that can be shared across disciplines
- that is multidisciplinary -
denotes a mature profession
and a 21st century professional.

Image source: With thanks to Chunx.com 'Chaos Field'

Additional links:

Nursing Theory Link Page

W2tQ: chaos

W2tQ: complexity

'assurity space'

Information: See bibliography.

Jones, P. (1996) Humans, Information, and Science, Journal of Advanced Nursing, 24(3), 591-598.
Jones, P. (1996) An overarching theory of health communication? Health Informatics Journal, 2,1,28-34.

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