Development of a Theory of Wisdom-in-Action for Clinical Nursing

Susan A. Matney, Kay Avant, Lauren Clark, Nancy Staggers

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Nurses published dialogues on wisdom; yet, a conceptual model is unavailable. We present the development process for a theory of wisdom-in-action for clinical nursing developed in 3 phases: (1) a deductively derived model using derivation and synthesis; (2) inductively, a constructivist grounded theory captured the experience of wisdom in nursing practice; and (3) the 2 theories were synthesized into a nascent theory. The theory describes 2 antecedent dimensions, person-related and setting-related factors, and 2 types of wisdom, general and personal. The theory provides a framework for translating wisdom in nursing practice, depicting both the science and art of nursing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)28-41
Number of pages14
JournalAdvances in Nursing Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2020


  • constructivist grounded theory
  • informatics
  • nursing theory
  • wisdom

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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