Perspectives on Policy and the Value of Nursing Science in a Big Data Era

Sheila M. Gephart, Mary Davis, Kimberly Shea

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As data volume explodes, nurse scientists grapple with ways to adapt to the big data movement without jeopardizing its epistemic values and theoretical focus that celebrate while acknowledging the authority and unity of its body of knowledge. In this article, the authors describe big data and emphasize ways that nursing science brings value to its study. Collective nursing voices that call for more nursing engagement in the big data era are answered with ways to adapt and integrate theoretical and domain expertise from nursing into data science.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)78-81
Number of pages4
JournalNursing science quarterly
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018


  • big data
  • data science
  • nursing science
  • nursing standards
  • policy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Nursing


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