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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Vicki Ann Moss, DNSc, MS, BSN, RN (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: This book emphasizes "the how to and what of theoretical analysis in nursing." Essential features of nursing concepts are discussed and several nursing theories are contrasted.
Purpose: The purpose is to delineate and clarify the theoretical aspects of nursing due to the pluralistic nature of the profession. The author wants to "e;enhance understanding about how conceptualizations and theoretical statements are developed and defined in nursing."e;
Audience: The audience is primarily graduate students, but senior nursing students and other nursing professionals could also use the book as an introduction to theoretical terms and theoretical concepts.
Features: Chapters cover theoretical terminology, nursing epistemology, and a typology based on the fours domains of nursing; client domain, client/nurse domain, practice domain, and domain of environment. The final chapters discuss theory development in nursing and issues in theoretical development.
Assessment: This is a well-written, thought-provoking book on theoretical thinking and knowledge development in nursing. Varied and often conflicting views are presented for debate and discussion. It is a somewhat heavy read with its many philosophical and theoretical terms, but it is very readable and understandable at a graduate level.