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International Conference on Complex Systems (ICCS2006)

Complexity for human-environment well-being

Alice Davidson
University of Colorado

Marilyn Ray
Florida Atlantic University

Sayel Cortes

Lisa Conboy
Osher Institute, Harvard Medical School

Mike D. Norman
Bose Corporation

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Alice Ware Davidson Complexity for Human-Environment Well-Being
Alice W. Davidson, University of Colorado
Marilyn A. Ray, Florida Atlantic University
Sayel Cortes, CartoData
Lisa Conboy, Osher Institute, Harvard Medical School
Mike D. Norman, Bose Corporation

Nursing has the complex human-environment mutual process as its phenomenon of interest. Persons who care for others are present at times of great challenge and change that provide a unique opportunity to develop knowledge of the human-environment mutual process as a whole. The process resembles stochastic art, a creative process emerging in the uncertainty of healthcare experience and showing a sensitive dependence on previous conditions while being unpredictable as to future patterning. By grasping meaning from the local and global patterning and reflecting on the pandimensional possibilities, care facilitates living and dying. The choices made are fundamentally global but create locally defined meaning in the form of enduring structure. Intuitive knowing is coupled with a creative solution, enabling nurses to act in a manner, not planned or anticipated, but perceived as being of value at that moment and in that situation. As Bohm (1980) might say, it is like a leap into the implicate order of incoming and outgoing waves , the information enfolds into the whole and unfolds as an explicate understanding. In a book designed for nursing undergraduate and graduate education, Complexity for Human-Environment Well-Being, A.W. Davidson and M. A. Ray (Editors), the ontology and epistemology of complexity science is tied to nursing philosophy and theory and explored for new vision into the human condition. Nursing research that used complexity science methods to investigate situations involving the care of individuals, organizations, leadership, technological change, and networking are included.

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