Nursing, Caring, and Complexity Science: For Human Environment Well-Being

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Overview

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This collected scholarship...will inform the personal/professional evolution of caring and nursing into this century and beyond, inviting new visions of the evolved human in the world of practice, education, research, administration, and clinical care. It is truly a visionary futuristic manifesto for this time in nursing and health sciences at all levels.

Jean Watson, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN
University of Colorado Denver College of Nursing
Founder: Watson Caring Science Institute, Boulder, Colorado
(From the Reflection)

This innovative volume explores nursing and complexity science, and investigates how they relate in research, education, and practice. The book examines best methods for using complex systems, with expert contributing authors drawn from nursing, sociology, informatics, and mathematics. Each author is actively involved in studying and applying complexity science in diverse populations and various settings-especially in terms of nursing, chronic care, health care organizations, and community health networks.

Chapters conclude with a response written by a nursing scholar, administrator, or practitioner, focusing on chapter concepts relevant to the complex systems seen in nursing. Chapters also include models that relate how these concepts can be used in practice, management, education, and research-from micro to macro scales. The first of its kind, this book demonstrates the potential of complex systems perspectives in nursing and health care research, education, and practice.

Key Features

  • Presents the central concepts of complexity science as they relate to nursing
  • Facilitates greater understanding of human caring relationships through the lens of complex organizational systems
  • Provides examples of how to create and implement complex systems models that enhance care for individuals, and in leadership roles, organizational caring, nursing informatics, and research methods
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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: 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.
From The Critics
Reviewer: 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826125873
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/2011
  • Pages: 432
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Marilyn A. Ray, RN, PhD, CTN, Professor Emeritus, Florida Atlantic University, is a renowned nursing educator. Previous awards include Yingling Visiting Scholar, Virginia Commonwealth University; Eminent Scholar, FAU; and Visiting Lecturer, University of Alberta, Clinical Sciences Division. Other fellowships as visiting scholar include Ministry of Health, Ontario, Canada, and universities in Australia. She has taught at Union Institute, Cincinnati; University of Colorado School of Nursing, Center for Human Caring; McMaster University, Canada; and UCSF School of Nursing. From 19920-1999, she served in the National Guard with the rank of Colonel as teacher, researcher and administrator for the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine, Department of Academics, at several Air Force bases across the country and in the District of Columbia. She has edited two previous books, one with Jean Watson, has numerous chapters in other books and numerous peer reviewed articles. She is translated into German, Chinese, Japanese and Swedish. She has over 20 funded research grants and presents internationally.

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Table of Contents

Contributors xv

Foreword Yaneer Bar-Yam xix

Reflection Jean Watson xxi

Prologue Alice W. Davidson Marilyn A. Ray Marian C. Turkel xxiii

Acknowledgments xxxix

1 Philosophical and Theoretical Perspectives Related to Complexity Science in Nursing Marlaine Smith 1

Respondent Joyce Perkins

Respondent Francelyn M. Reeder

2 Complex Caring Dynamics: A Unifying Model of Nursing Inquiry Marilyn A. Ray 31

Respondent Janice M. Morse

Respondent Pamela Reed

3 Theoretical Issues and Methods for Increasing Understanding of Complex Health Care Systems Alice W. Davidson Stefan Topolski 61

Respondent Bruce J. West

4 Relational Caring Complexity: The Study of Caring and Complexity in Health Care Hospital Organizations Marilyn A. Ray Marian C. Turkel Jeffrey Cohn 95

Respondent Terry Eggenberger

5 Why Six Sigma Health Care Is Oxymoronic in Hospitals Bruce J. West 125

Respondent Michael Brooks Turkel

6 Entropy as Information Content in Medical Research Nikhil S. Padhye 143

Respondent Mary Pat Rapp

7 Caring Science and Complexity Science Guiding the Practice of Hospital and Nursing Administrative Practice Mary Beth Kingston Michael Brooks Turkel 169

Respondent Jim D'Alfonso

8 Leadership in Complex Nursing and Health Care Systems Diana M. Crowell 199

Respondent Nancy Shirley

5 Mathematical Models of the Dynamics of Social Conflict Larry Liebovitch Robin Vallacher Andrzej Nowak Peter Coleman Andrea Bartoli Lan Bui-Wrzosinska 215

Respondent Lisa Conboy

Respondent Joy Longo

10 Modeling the Complexity of Story Theory for Nursing Practice Patricia Liehr Mary Jane Smith 241

Respondent Debra Hain

11 Providing Nursing Care in a Complex Health Care Environment Michael Bleich 253

Respondent Mary Gambino

12 The Complexity of Diabetes and the Caring Role of the Nurse Practitioner Jane Faith Kapustin 267

Respondent Sherrilyn Coffman

13 Lessons in Complexity Science: Preparing Student Nurses for Practice in Complex Health Care Systems Claire E. Lindberg 285

Respondent Patricia Welch Dittman

14 Technological Change in Health Care Electronic Documentation as Facilitated Through the Science of Complexity Todd Swinderman 309

Respondent Barbara Penprase

15 Implementing Change in Nursing Informatics Practice Aric S. Campling Marilyn A. Ray Jacqueline M. Lopez-Devine 325

Respondent Kathleen Valentine

16 Human Rights and Humanoid Relationships in Nursing and Complexity Science Rozzano Locsin Marguerite Purnell Tetsuya Tanioka Kyoko Osak 345

Respondent Alan Barnard

Epilogue: Emerging Ideas/Questions for the Future of Nurse Caring and Health Care in a Complex World Marian C. Turkel Marilyn A. Ray 365

Addendum 371

Competency Literacy Bingo Sylvia Bushell Jim D'Alfonso

Caring and Complexity Sciences: Application to Nursing Education, Leadership, Practice, and Research Jeffrey Cohn Alice W. Davidson Claire E. Lindberg Marilyn A. Ray Marian C. Turkel

Index 381

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