Carper’s 4 Patterns of Knowing in Nursing

PoeticClarinet avatar

Start Quiz

Study Flashcards

18 Questions

Which pattern of knowing in nursing focuses on the science and facts related to nursing practice?


What is the main emphasis of ethical knowing in nursing?

Answering ethical questions

Which type of knowing helps nurses identify their own responses, strengths, and weaknesses in a given situation?


What is the main focus of aesthetic knowing in nursing?

Recognition of specific cases

Which pattern of knowing is characterized by focusing on the moral component of nursing practice?


What characterizes emancipatory knowing as the fifth pattern of knowing?

Critical reflection on society and culture

Which stage of clinical competence, according to Benner (1984), is characterized by the nurse having no experience and requiring continual cues?


At which stage does the nurse demonstrate efficiency, confidence, and is able to complete care without needing supporting cues?


Which stage involves the nurse perceiving situations as wholes rather than in parts or aspects?


A nurse in which stage would rely on deliberate planning based on considerable contemplation of the problem?


Which stage is marked by the nurse demonstrating acceptable performance due to prior experience in actual situations?

Advanced Beginner

What is the main focus of intrapersonal self-awareness in nursing?

Exploring personal thoughts

In which stage does the nurse lack discretionary judgment and practice within a prolonged time period?


How does self-awareness help nurses engage professionally with a diverse patient population?

By modifying behavior as needed

What is the key benefit of possessing self-awareness for nurses?

Enhanced communication skills

Which type of self-awareness involves analyzing oneself in relation to other people?

Relational self-awareness

What is the cognitive activity involved in the process of self-awareness according to the text?


Why is it important for nurses to continuously expand beyond their personal selves?

To enhance their communication skills

Study Notes

Carper's 4 Patterns of Knowing

  • Empirics: the science of nursing, formally expressed through facts, models, theories, and thematic descriptions
  • Ethics: the moral component of nursing, focusing on the ethical components of nursing practice and answering questions of what is right and responsible
  • Personal knowing: the self and other in nursing, enabling nurses to identify responses, strengths, and weaknesses, and being aware of individual biases affecting the nurse-patient relationship
  • Aesthetics: the art of nursing, achieved through empathy, dynamic adaptation, and understanding of components as a whole and specific cases

Stages of Clinical Competence According to Benner (1984)

  • Stage 1: Novice
  • Has no experience in situations they are expected to perform
  • Lacks confidence, requiring continual verbal and physical cues
  • Practice is within a prolonged time period, unable to use discretionary judgement
  • Stage 2: Advanced Beginner
  • Demonstrates acceptable performance due to prior experience in actual situations
  • Is efficient and skillful in parts of the practice area, requiring occasional supportive cues
  • Knowledge is developing
  • Stage 3: Competent
  • Demonstrates efficiency, coordination, and confidence in actions
  • Establishes a plan based on conscious, abstract, analytic contemplation of the problem
  • Care is completed within a suitable time frame without supporting cues
  • Stage 4: Proficient
  • Perceives situations as wholes rather than in terms of chopped up parts or aspects
  • Nursing coursework includes detailed education on human body, disease processes, health policy, and hands-on instruction to develop clinical skillsets
  • Continuing education is necessary to improve knowledge and skills

Concept of Self-Awareness

  • Self-awareness is a multidimensional, introspective process used to become aware of, scrutinize, and understand one's thoughts, feelings, convictions, and values on an ongoing basis
  • Self-awareness can be organized into four components:
  • Intrapersonal: focuses on exploring the nurse's personal self and examining personal thoughts
  • Relational: analyzes oneself in relation to other people and connects personal thoughts and feelings with that of others
  • Extra-personal: continuously expands beyond personal self and focuses on the analysis of the environment
  • Contextual: focuses on intrapersonal, interpersonal, and extra-personal analysis within a given context or situation

Learn about Carper's four fundamental patterns of knowing in nursing: empirics, ethics, personal knowing, and aesthetics. This quiz explores the significance of each pattern in the context of nursing research and practice.

Make Your Own Quizzes and Flashcards

Convert your notes into interactive study material.

Get started for free
Use Quizgecko on...