An Introduction to Theory and Reasoning in Nursing / Edition 3

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Overview

This nursing text is devoted to the teaching of theory, research, and reasoning. It helps nursing students develop a foundation of reasoning skills that are necessary to integrate the components of knowledge, skills, values, meanings, and experiences into nursing practice. The text delivers a clear and understandable message about theory, what it is, and how it supports nurses and their practice. It provides an overview of theory, theory development, important nursing theories and nursing theorists, as well as a method for critiquing theory.

This ideal introduction to theory explains what theory is, how theory is used in professional nursing and encourages students to develop reasoning skills and incorporate abstract ideas into practice. The Second Edition introduces more research concepts throughout and an increased international perspective of nursing theory. Case studies are incorporated to demonstrate how theory relates to the practice of nursing and how theory and reasoning are interrelated.

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Reviewer: Vicki Ann Moss, DNSc, MS, BSN, RN (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: This overview of nursing theory and theory development informs readers how to apply theory from the work of Nightingale to the theorists of the 21st century.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide nursing students with reasoning skills through knowledge of theory and theory development so that they can become competent and caring professionals.
Audience: The book was basically written for undergraduate nursing students.
Features: Each chapter begins with an overview, key words and concepts, and a chapter outline, and ends with a summary. Learning activities are included for many chapters as well as nursing stories, which highlight the use of theory and reasoning. New to this edition are photos of many theorists and brief overviews of their lives. Two appendixes provide an Internet guide and a criterion-based critique form. A glossary of theory terms is also included.
Assessment: This tiny book is packed with information and covers theory and theory development, the theorists, critique, research, and reasoning in a form that undergraduate students can comprehend. The many learning activities, boxes, tables, and summaries are very helpful for comprehension and understanding of the material. The chapter on the theorists is concise and well done, and also includes borrowed theories and overviews of theories from Greece, Japan, Sweden, England, and Scotland. The authors have done an excellent job of putting theory and reasoning into a practical and interactive format.
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Reviewer: Vicki Ann Moss, DNSc, MS, BSN, RN(University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: This overview of nursing theory and theory development informs readers how to apply theory from the work of Nightingale to the theorists of the 21st century.
Purpose: "The purpose is to provide nursing students with reasoning skills through knowledge of theory and theory development so that they can become competent and caring professionals. "
Audience: "The book was basically written for undergraduate nursing students. "
Features: Each chapter begins with an overview, key words and concepts, and a chapter outline, and ends with a summary. Learning activities are included for many chapters as well as nursing stories, which highlight the use of theory and reasoning. New to this edition are photos of many theorists and brief overviews of their lives. Two appendixes provide an Internet guide and a criterion-based critique form. A glossary of theory terms is also included.
Assessment: "This tiny book is packed with information and covers theory and theory development, the theorists, critique, research, and reasoning in a form that undergraduate students can comprehend. The many learning activities, boxes, tables, and summaries are very helpful for comprehension and understanding of the material. The chapter on the theorists is concise and well done, and also includes borrowed theories and overviews of theories from Greece, Japan, Sweden, England, and Scotland. The authors have done an excellent job of putting theory and reasoning into a practical and interactive format. "
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781791038
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 3/1/2009
  • Edition description: Third
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 590,933
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1 An Introduction
  • Chapter 2 Language, Meaning, and Structure
  • Chapter 3 Operationalizing Relationships
  • Chapter 4 Theory and Reasoning
  • Chapter 5 Support Theory
  • Chapter 6 Foundations Of Nursing Theory
  • Chapter 7 Nursing Theory
  • Chapter 8 Critiquing Theory
  • Chapter 9 Introduction to Research
  • Chapter 10 Theory and Practice
  • Chapter 11 Multidisciplinary Theory
  • Chapter 12 The Future
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