Preparing the Assignment

Nursing knowledge is classified in a variety of ways, one of which is Carper’s Patterns of Knowing (Carper, 1978). Carper’s framework offers a lens through which the nurse can reflect upon insights acquired through empirical, ethical, personal, and aesthetic knowledge (Carper, 1978). Through intentional reflection using Carper’s Patterns of Knowing, nurses can process experiential learning and knowledge acquired through practice. The purpose of this assignment is to reflect upon a specific practice situation and better understand the professional knowledge and insights obtained through that experience.

Criteria for Content

  1. Think of a surprising or challenging practice situation in which you felt underprepared, unprepared, or uncomfortable.
  2. Select an important nursing issue/topic that was inherent to the identified situation.
  3. Briefly explain the situation
  4. Identify the nursing issue inherent in the identified situation
    1. As a method of refection, use Carper’s Patterns of Knowing to analyze the situation. In your discussion, address ONE of the following Patterns of Knowing:
      1. What do you think was the underlying reason for the situation? (Esthetics)
      2. What were your thoughts and feeling in the situation? (Personal)
      3. What was one personal belief that impacted your actions? (Ethics)
      4. What evidence in nursing literature supports the nursing importance of the identified issue? (Empirical)
  5. What new insights did you gain through this reflective practice opportunity? How will this apply to your practice as a nurse practitioner? Be sure to use scholarly literature to support your position.


I became a registered nurse in 2019, I started my nursing journey in Medical-Surgical as this was the unit my instructors suggested to begin in for fundamental purposes. I worked at a level 1 Trauma facility in the neighboring county. Unfortunately, I was hired on the spot without having the opportunity to think over my decision. Unbeknownst the unit that I was so eager to work on was an infectious disease unit, which the unit manager failed to advise during the interview process. All the new hires were novice nurses. Not only I felt deceived, but I was also unprepared and uncomfortable as my nursing skills were not established yet. Here I was working a medical-surgical unit that was on steroids….Kindly click the purchase icon to purchase the full solution at $5

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