Assignment 3.2: Guided Narrative


Carper states, Nursing depends on the scientific knowledge of behavior in health and in illness, the esthetic perception of significant human experiences and a personal understanding of the unique individuality of the self. Describing how you care for individuals in the context of knowing is not mutually exclusive per se however it allows you to gain a better understanding of your own empirical knowledge and how you synthesize and organize the phenomena into theoretical explanations of the illness and the individual.

If the goals of nursing are to be more than conformance to unexamined norms, if the “ought” is not to be determined simply on the basis of what is possible, then the obligation to care for another human being involves becoming a certain kind of person-and not merely doing certain kinds of things.

Please describe why you agree or disagree with the above statement about Carper’s Four Fundamental Patterns of Knowing in Nursing. What are the other ways of knowing that you rely on when caring for others?


Cite at least two of this module’s references using APA Style 7th edition. Your reflection should be a 250- to 300-word Microsoft Word document using standard APA fonts and margins.