AIM To discuss how Bourdieu's Theory of Practice can be used by nurse researchers to better uncover the embodied knowledge of patients living with disability and illness. BACKGROUND Bourdieu's Theory of Practice has been used in social and healthcare research. This theory emphasizes that an individual's everyday practices are not always explicit and mediated by language, but instead an individual's everyday practices are often are tacit and embodied. DESIGN Discussion paper. DATA SOURCES Ovid MEDLINE, CINAHL, and SCOPUS were searched for concepts from Bourdieu's theory that were used to understand embodied knowledge of patients living with disability and illness. The literature search included articles from 2003-2017. IMPLICATIONS FOR NURSING Nurse researchers should use Bourdieu's Theory of Practice to uncover the embodied knowledge of patients living with disability and illness, and nurse researchers should translate these discoveries into policy recommendations and improved evidence-based best practice. The practice of nursing should incorporate an understanding of embodied knowledge to support disabled and ill patients as these patients modify "everyday practices" in light of their disabilities and illnesses. CONCLUSION Bourdieu's theory enriches nursing because the theory allows for consideration of both the objective and subjective through the conceptualization of capital, habitus and field. Uncovering individuals embodied knowledge is critical to implement best practices that assist patients as they adapt to bodily changes during disability and illness. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.