Middle Range Theory for Nursing, Third Edition / Edition 3

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Awarded first place in the 2013 AJN Book of the Year Awards in the Nursing Research category

"This is an outstanding edition of this book. It has great relevance for learning about, developing, and using middle range theories. It is very user friendly, yet scholarly." Score: 90, 4 Stars.--Doody's Medical Reviews

Middle range theory has become a vital staple of nursing education and application to research. These theories, which lie between the working hypotheses derived from day-to-day research and the larger, systemic efforts to develop unified theories, cover the scientific underpinnings that guide nursing practice and research.

This third edition of a two-time AJN Book of the Year Award winner contains two new theories, including self-reliance theory and transitions theory. It revises and updates all other content, and provides ladders of abstraction for each theory to guide students in their appropriate use. This highly accessible book integrates nursing theory with well-defined practice areas, identifies purpose and basic concepts, foundational literature, relationships among concepts, and use in practice. Chapters are organized by central theories, each of which is covered in depth. Comprehensive bibliographies at the end of each chapter facilitate more in-depth research. The book remains an essential text for theory and research courses in master's and doctoral nursing programs.

New to the Third Edition:

  • Presents two new theories: self-reliance theory and transitions theory
  • Deletes two theories no longer in use: community empowerment and family stress/adaptation
  • Updates and revises all other content from the second edition
  • Guides students in appropriate use of theory per level of complexity
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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Martha Scheckel, PhD, RN (Winona State University)
Description: This book contains an excellent array of middle range theories and descriptions of the relevance of these theories for nursing practice, research, and education. The previous edition, published in 2009, received an AJN Book of the Year Award.
Purpose: The purpose is to explain the significance of middle range theory development, describe middle range theories, and detail a concept building approach through practice stories. The editors, with this clearly organized book, accomplish their purpose, providing relevant and timely information about middle range theories.
Audience: The book is intended for nurses, undergraduate and graduate nursing students, nursing researchers, and nursing educators. The authors are well versed in middle range theories, possessing a wealth of knowledge and expertise to provide a quality source of information about this topic.
Features: The first of the book's three sections is a meta-perspective of middle range theories, providing readers with a broad understanding of these theories for nursing practice. The second section provides a wide array of middle range theories. Using a consistent format, the chapters in this section describe the middle range theories. This section also presents two new and important theories about self-reliance and transitions. The third section uses actual nursing practice stories in a novel approach to concept development. A continued unique feature is the table at the end of the book summarizing middle range theories from 1988-2012.
Assessment: This is an outstanding edition of this book. It has great relevance for learning about, developing, and using middle range theories. It is very user friendly, yet scholarly, which will appeal to readers.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826195517
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/9/2013
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 488
  • Sales rank: 158,243
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Jane Smith, PhD, RN, is Professor and Associate Dean for Graduate Affairs, West Virginia University School of Nursing. Previous positions include Associate Professor and Associate Dean, Graduate Division, School of Nursing, Duquesne University, assistant professor, Ohio State University, and others. She has published over 30 journal articles and columns for Nursing Science Quarterly and Archives of Psychiatric Nursing and presents nationally and internationally. She has been teaching nursing theory at the graduate level for over 30 years.

Patricia R. Liehr, PhD, ARNP, is Professor and Associate Dean for Nursing Research and Scholarship, FAU, Christine E. Lynne College of Nursing. Previously she was associate professor, University of Texas, Houston Health Science Center. Dr. Liehr has received six research grants for six and seven figures principally focused on adolescent blood pressure issues, has numerous journal articles and columns to her credit, and presents nationally. She did postdoctoral education at the University of Pennsylvania as a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar.

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Table of Contents

Section One: Setting the Stage for Middle Range Theories

1 Disciplinary Perspectives Linked to Middle Range Theory

2 Understanding Middle Range Theory by Moving Up and Down the Ladder of Abstraction

3 Evaluation of Middle Range Theories for the Discipline of Nursing

Section Two: Middle Range Theories Ready for Application

4 Theories of Uncertainty in Illness

5 Theory of Meaning

6 Theory of Self-Transcendence

7 Theory of Symptom Management

8 Theory of Unpleasant Symptoms

9 Theory of Self-Efficacy

10 Story Theory

11 Theory of Transitions

12 Theory of Self-Reliance

13 Theory of Cultural Marginality

14 Theory of Caregiving Dynamics

15 Theory of Moral Reckoning

Section Three: Concept Building for Research - Through the Lens of Middle Range Theory

16 Concept Building for Research

17 Yearning for Sleep While Enduring Distress

18 Reconceptualizing Normal

19 Yearning to be Recognized: From Concept Building to Proposal Development to Data Gathering and Analysis

20 Catastrophic Cultural Immersion: From Concept Building to Proposal Development to Data Gathering and Analysis

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