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From The CriticsReviewer: Gayle J. Acton, PhD, RNC(University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing)
Description: This compilation of the works of Margaret Newman, a major nursing theorist, is intended to highlight the historical development of knowledge within the discipline of nursing as well as Newman's own personal theory of Health as Expanding Consciousness.
Purpose: The purpose is to feature Newman's writings that outline the historical perspective of knowledge development within the nursing paradigm as well as the current focus of the discipline and future directions. Newman's past and current works are used to illuminate her ideas about nursing theory and health as well as research methods appropriate for knowledge development within the discipline of nursing.
Audience: Although no target audience was delineated by the author, the book is most appropriate for graduate students and nurses educated at the graduate level interested in theory development and or Newman's theory.
Features: The overall design of the book is pleasing. It is small in size with large print that is easy to see. The illustrations and tables are very helpful to the reader. It is clearly written and easy to understand. It contains classic as well as current references that enhance the value of the book.
Assessment: This book is a valuable reference for those advanced nurses interested in theory and theory development. The book is unique in that Newman uses her historical articles and manuscripts to craft an overview of knowledge development in nursing presenting her definition of health with clinical examples that are very helpful to the reader. In addition, Newman delineates compelling issues facing the profession of nursing both today and in the years to come. This is an important reference for nurses engaged in theory development as well as those students studying theory and is appropriate for individual, bookstore, and nursing education library purchase.