Reflection, the art and science of nursing and the theory-practice gap

Br J Nurs. 1994 Feb 10-23;3(3):114-8. doi: 10.12968/bjon.1994.3.3.114.


In their daily practice, nurses appear to encounter difficulties in incorporating science into the art of nursing and in bridging the gap between theory (which is often developed separate from practice) and practice itself. Indeed, there is a debate within nursing itself as to whether nursing is an art, a science, or both an art and a science.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Mental Processes*
  • Nursing Care*
  • Nursing Research
  • Nursing Theory*