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Title: Chaos and the way of Zen : psychiatric nursing and the 'uncertainty principle'
Language of title: English
Author/Creator: P. J. Barker

Description: The biological sciences have been dominated by 'classicist' science-predicated on the post-Enlightenment belief that a real world exists, which behaves according to notions of causality and consistency. Although medicine, and by implication psychiatric nursing, derives its explanatory power from such a science, much of its focus-illness-is not amenable to causal explanation or prediction. The theoretical developments of the 'new physics' have been used to redefine science and, as a result, have challenged traditional constructions of reality. The new physics are usually framed in terms of the physical world, or to construe consciousness. In this paper I shall consider the implications of chaos-a relative of the new physics-for psychiatric nursing practice. As nursing appears to crave a 'certainty principle' to govern the theoretical underpinnings of practice, this study considers how chaos might contribute to a metaparadigm of nursing.

Publisher Place: Oxford
Publisher: Blackwell Science
Normalized publisher place: Oxford
Publisher country: United Kingdom
Publisher URL: http://www.blackwellpublishing.com
Published Date: 1996-08
Subject: Zen
Chaos theory
Nonlinear dynamics
Psychiatric Nursing
The new physics
Classification: Buddhism and Science -- Medicine -- International Medicine -- Psychiatry
Buddhism and Science -- Buddhism -- Zen/Ch’an Buddhism
Buddhism and Science -- Medicine -- International Medicine -- Nursing
Cultural Coverage: Euro-American
Temporal coverage: 20th century CE
Language: English
Series 2 editor:
Source URL: http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/journal.asp?ref=1351-0126&site=1
Source: Journal of psychiatric and mental health nursing
Source Editor: D. Freshwater
Source Type: Journal
Source Volume: 3
Source Number: 4
Source Page Numbers: 235-243
Start Date: 1994
Frequency of publication: More than four times a year
Submissions: See the journal's author guidelines
ISBN/ISSN: 1351-0126
Location and access number: 8997984

Means of availability: Articles from the Journal of psychiatric and mental health nursing are available in print and online. Check publisher's site or check with library for subscription.

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Resource Type: Article
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Date Last Modified: 2005-12-20 17:36:13
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