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An essential reference, particularly for students who encounter nursing theory and research courses in their educational programs....In her foreword...Afaf Meleis states that it is the answer to a graduate student's prayers. I would certainly agree, and I would add that experienced researchers and theoreticians can use it as a handy reference for day-to-day scholarly activities."--Nursing Education Perspectives

Updated terminology and the addition of many new terms with examples and references that reflect current nursing practice make this third edition of the Dictionary of Nursing Theory and Research a valuable accompaniment to the nursing student's or practitioner nurse's bookshelf. With the inclusion of research, theory, statistical, and epidemiologic definitions, as well as cross-reference notes at the end of each entry, this compilation is one of the most comprehensive and up-to-date nursing dictionaries available.

The book contains no figures.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Diane M Tomasic, EdD, RN (Slippery Rock University )
Description: This is the third edition of a reference dictionary for terminology related to nursing theory and nursing research. This is an excellent companion to all nursing research and nursing theory books. The previous edition was in 1995.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a reference source for terms commonly found in nursing research and nursing theory.
Audience: The target audience includes nurses involved in research and nursing students at all academic levels.
Features: The authors have clear and accurate definitions of terms related to nursing research and nursing theory. Entries are in boldface type, underlining is used for emphasis, and terms within entries are in italics. This edition contains, for example, entries related to evidence-based practice and Internet research. Examples and references have been also been updated.
Assessment: This book should provide a very useful reference for the target audience. It is intended as a reference to supplement nursing research and theory books; it is not a text of research and theory.
Defines and discusses terms that are commonly encountered in the nursing science literature. Gives more attention to the more basic and widely used terms, and incorporates multiple or divergent uses, especially among the major textbooks. The second edition retains all the terms of the first (no date noted), and adds 66, many of them related to statistics. A reference for students at all levels, researchers, and practitioners. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826117748
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/28/2005
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.08 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Thomas R. Knapp, EdD, is Professor Emeritus of Education and Nursing at the University of Rochester and The Ohio State University. He received his EdD from Harvard University. His specialty is research methodology (statistics, measurement, design). Dr. Knapp has published several books and articles on reliability and validity and other methodological topics, some of which are now accessible free of charge on his website He also served for many years as a referee for research journals in education and nursing.

Bethel Ann Powers, RN, PhD, is an Associate Professor and Associate Director of the Center for Clinical Research on Aging at the University of Rochester School of Nursing. Dr. Powers received a BS degree in nursing from Alderson-Broaddus College in West Virginia and an MS in nursing as well as MA and PhD degrees in anthropology from the University of Rochester. She has received the Distinguished Nurse Researcher Award from The Foundation of the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) and the NYSNA Council on Nursing Research and an Excellence in Nursing Research Award from Epsilon Xi Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International, Nursing Honor Society; and she is a Fellow of the Society for Applied Anthropology and The Gerontological Society of America.

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"This alphabetical dictionary of terms used in nursing research and nursing theory offers clear definitions--often in

multiple paragraphs and sometimes ending with an example that further demonstrates the meaning of the term Cross-references

are printed in boldface after the definitions with references that will lead the serious reader to delve more deeply into

contextual use of the terms and concepts."---CHOICE February 2006

"What distinguishes this Dictionary from others are its attention to the diversity in inquiry and distinctively nursing

'takes' on key concepts in theory and research. This Dictionary will be a welcome addition to the libraries of both new and

experienced researchers."
---- Margarete Sandelowski, Cary C. Boshamer Professor, School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"This alphabetical dictionary of terms used in nursing research and nursing theory

offers clear definitions-often in multiple paragraphs and sometimes ending with an

example that further demonstrates the meaning of the term. Cross-references are printed

in boldface after the definitions. Powers (emer., Univ. of Rochester) and Knapp (Univ. of

Rochester/Ohio State Univ.) offer descriptive definitions with references that will lead

the serious reader to delve more deeply into the contextual use of the terms and

concepts. Given the accolades for the second edition(1995), it might be expected that the

definitions would rely on older references. Instead, the majority of the 17 pages of

references supporting the text take readers to publications newer than 1995, with a

significant number being as recent as 2004. The work, therefore, is unlikely to become

outdated for many years to come. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All Libraries

that support nurses' education and research at the lower-level undergraduate level and

above."-K. Bradley. Bellevue Community College---CHOICE February 2006

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