Nursing Fundamentals

Nursing Fundamentals is a small spiral bound yellow book written by Parse in 1974. It was published while Parse was a professor at Duquesne University and is part of a series published by a company named Medical Examination Publishing Company. The first 3 chapters are devoted to three phenomena often associated with nursing: nursing, man, and health. It is apparent that even in 1974, Parse was challenging the status quo. She acknowledged that writing about nursing fundamentals was not “as tangible and concrete” (Parse, 1974, p. 3) as she might have expected. Parse (1974) perhaps in an effort to be transparent, informed the reader that she has a particular view or bias about these three phenomena. She then described man as unitary, nursing as an ever-changing emergent, and further outlined her view by listing five premises that underpin this work.