Steps of Concept Analysis Care is an important facet of nursing. This is because caring takes place in almost all moments a nurse comes into contact with the patient. It is significant to note that caring can "happen without curing, but curing cannot take place without caring" (Fawcett, 2012, p. 121). It is in this regard that nurses should apprehend the ingredients of caring. In order to analyze the concept of care, a nursing researcher ought to adopt the Walker and Avant (2005) model of concept analysis. In order to analyze this concept, the second step will involve determination of the purpose of the analysis (McEwen & Wills, 2014).
In this case, the primary objectives will be to clarify the meaning of caring and the facets of caring. The third step will involve identifying the uses of caring in strengthening the relationship between the nurse and patients and improving satisfaction among the patients. According to Townsend and Scanlany (2001), the fourth step will involve identifying the defining characteristics. This will involve taking notes on the attributes that appear in numerous instances.
The fifth step will involve the construction of additional cases such as borderline cases, related cases and contrary cases (Walker & Avant, 2005). The sixth stage will involve the identification of antecedents and consequences of caring. This stage will involve the identification of the events that occurred before identification of the concept (McEwen & Wills, 2014). This would be the behavior and relationships that existed between the nurses and the patients before identifying the need to examine caring and the facets that make up care in healthcare settings (Walker & Avant, 2005).
The seventh stage will involve the definition of the classes of the actual phenomenon. ReferencesFawcett, J. (2012). Contemporary nursing knowledge (2nd ed. ). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis. McEwen, M., & Wills, E. (2014). Theoretical basis for nursing (4th ed. ). Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Townsend, L., & Scanlany, J. (2001). Self-efficacy related to student nurses in the clinical setting: A concept analysis. International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, 8(1). doi: 10.2202/1548-923X. 2223 Walker, K.C. & Avant, C. K. (2005). Strategies for Theory Construction in Nursing. Norwalk: Appleton & Lange.