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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Vicki Ann Moss, DNSc, MS, BSN, RN (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: This book integrates nursing science, caring science, science of unitary human beings, and complexity science to explore the effects on nursing, complexity, and human environments. The contributing authors come from the disciplines of nursing, sociology, informatics, and mathematics and have been applying complexity science with diverse populations and settings.
Purpose: The purpose is to help readers better understand complexity science and its relationship to nursing.
Audience: The audience includes graduate students or other scholars interested in caring and complexity sciences. It would be a stretch for novices as it contains some very complex ideas and theories.
Features: The book begins with a foreword by Yaneer Bar-Yam from the New England Complex Systems Institute and a reflection from Jean Watson, founder of the Watson Caring Science Institute. Each of the 16 chapters ends with a response written by a nursing scholar, administrator or practitioner. The book ends with an epilogue by authors Marian Turkel and Marilyn Ray titled, "Emerging Ideas/Questions for the Future of Nurse Caring and Health Care in a Complex World."
Assessment: This is not a quick read, but it makes readers think and reflect on the ideas. The responses after each chapter are very helpful in understanding and reflecting on the chapter.