Nursing knowledge: practice and practical knowing

Document Type

Book chapter

Publication details

Carey, M, Waters, C & Cashin, A 2011, 'Nursing knowledge: practice and practical knowing', in A Cashin & R Cook (eds), Evidence-based practice in nursing informatics: concepts and applications, Medical Information Science Reference, Hershey, PA, pp. 1-16.


What is nursing knowledge? Is it scientific knowing or practical thinking? This chapter discusses what we know of thinking in the western philosophical tradition and how this can be brought to bear on this complex question. The thinking adventure situates mindfulness and praxis as essential elements of nurse practice.