Date of Award

Summer 1979

Degree Type

Thesis - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

Department

Nursing

Abstract

Few role models exist who practice professional nursing using a theory and who conduct research contributing to the evolution of a nursing body of knowledge. Without such role models in nursing practice, and without an active pursuit of a body of nursing knowledge, independence and autonamy cannot become reality. This essay is a case study of such a person, M. Lucille Kinlein. Over a period of three months, a series of interviews were conducted with Miss Kinlein as well as a review of documents reflecting changes in her practice. On the basis of the data collected, the author was able to present the following in this essay: descriptions of Miss Kinlein' s personal and professional development, perspectives or changes since the inception of her practice, perceptions of nursing, and suggestions for interested registered nurses.

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