The Role of Biological Sciences in Nursing Education

  • Jack C. Hayward
  • Justus A. Akinsanya


An examination of the literature in nursing shows that curriculum development has been a comparatively neglected area in nursing research. This is particularly true of what Inman (1975) described as the ‘root of practical nursing in other sciences’ especially the behavioural and biological sciences. There is evidence to show that nursing had for a long time relied on a medically derived model of care. However, the need for definition and identification of appropriate criteria of safety and competence in nursing had been recognised. The RCN/DHSS Research Projects (Series 1 and 2), McFarlane (1970) and Inman (1975), highlighted some of these problems. These derive fundamentally from the lack of a distinct body of knowledge on which nursing practice could be based. McFarlane (1977) was concerned about this and noted:

‘It is a sobering thought that many of the nursing texts for students are prescriptive about nursing practice without any scientific validity other than the sanctification of ritual.’


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  • Justus A. Akinsanya

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