Healing Pattern: A Natural Kind in Nursing?

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This article focuses on the philosophical notion of natural kind to explore healing pattern as a relevant and natural process in nursing science and practice. A goal in doing this is to facilitate continued empirical investigation of and evidence for nursing’s ontological claim about the existence of a healing pattern. I review various accounts of natural kind, with applications to nursing and the healing pattern. I conclude with directions for future inquiry to provide more definitive evidence and explanation of the healing pattern.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-42
Number of pages4
JournalNursing science quarterly
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019


  • healing
  • natural kind
  • ontology
  • pattern
  • philosophy of science

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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