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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 "enhance understanding about how conceptualizations and theoretical statements are developed and defined in nursing."
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.