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  1. Liehr, Patricia PhD, RN
  2. Smith, Mary Jane PhD, RN, FAAN


Over the past few decades, there has been a narrative wave that has advanced and subsided but consistently moved toward acceptance in health care circles. Despite the importance of narrative to nursing practice and research, the discipline has been slow to claim the narrative wave as its own. The purpose of this article is to claim the narrative wave for the discipline of nursing with story theory-guided research and practice and to describe dimensions of the narrative movement in health-related literature. Practical application of story theory is described for both nursing practice and nursing research.