Nursing Knowledge Development and Clinical Practice: Opportunities and Directions / Edition 1

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How does nursing knowledge develop and how do we incorporate this knowledge into the practice of nursing?

Is it possible for nursing theory to address the needs of clinical practice?

These key questions in the field of nursing are explored in this groundbreaking work.

Based on their five-year experience as co-chairs of the New England Knowledge Conferences and the contributions of nurse clinicians and academics, the book addresses issues critical to improving the quality and delivery of health care.

Concentrating on four major themes--the current state of nursing knowledge, the philosophy of nursing knowledge, the integration of nursing knowledge with practice, and examples of the impact on health care delivery when nursing knowledge is applied--Nursing Knowledge Development and Clinical Practice gives concrete examples of how nursing knowledge can improve nursing practice and overall health care delivery both today and in the future.

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Reviewer: Diane M Tomasic, EdD, RN (Slippery Rock University )
Description: This is a compilation of scholarly papers focusing the development of nursing knowledge and clinical practice for the improvement of healthcare quality and delivery.
Purpose: The purpose of this book is to provide the principles and exemplars for improving practice based on nursing knowledge. The goal is to provide a dialogue of how nursing knowledge is envisioned and how it affects practice.
Audience: The target audience is masters and doctoral students and faculty. The authors and contributors are well known nurse scholars.
Features: The book is divided into four parts. Part I focuses on the state of the art of nursing knowledge, including factors influencing nursing knowledge, achievements, and challenges. Part II focuses on the philosophical basis for the future of nursing knowledge development, utilization, and evaluation in clinical and academic settings. Part III focuses on the integration of nursing knowledge into practice. Finally, Part IV provides six exemplars that depict the application of nursing knowledge.
Assessment: This book should be useful to the target audience to foster dialogue on the development of the science of nursing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826102997
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/24/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 356
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.94 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

Sister Callista L. Roy (PhD, RN, FAAN), is a Professor and Nurse Theorist at the William F. Connell School of Nursing at Boston College, where she teaches doctoral, master's, and undergraduate students. Dr. Roy is best known for her work on the Roy adaptation model of nursing. Her current clinical research is an intervention study to involve families in cognitive recovery of patients with mild head injury. Her other scholarly work includes conceptualizing and measuring coping and developing the philosophical basis for the adaptation model and for the epistemology of nursing. Roy has numerous publications, including books and journal artices, on nursing theory and other professional topics. Her works have been translated into many languages all over the world. With her colleagues at the Roy Adaptation Association, she has critiqued and synthesized the first 230 research projects published in English based on her adaptation model. Dr. Roy has also delivered invited papers, lectures, and workshops throughout North America and 30 other countries over the past 30 years on topics related to nursing theory, research, curriculum, clinical practice, and professional trends for the future. She began her education at Mount Saint Mary's College in Los Angeles, and has master's degrees in pediatric nursing and sociology from the University of California at Los Angeles, where she also earned her PhD. She holds honorary doctorates from four other institutions. Her postdoctoral studies in neuroscience nursing were at the University of California at San Francisco.

Dorothy A. Jones (EdD, RNC, ANP, FAAN), is a Professor of Adult Health at the William F. Connell School of Nursing at Boston College, where she formerly served as Chair of the Adult Health Department from 1995 to 1999. She is a Senior Nurse Scientist at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, and formerly a President of the Eastern Nursing Resesarch Society. She has been involved in nursing language development serving as past President of the North American Nursing Diagnosis Association. Jones's research includes a NIH-funded study focusing on patients' recovery at home following ambulatory surgery, theory development related to Margaret Newman's Health as Expanding Consciousness, evaluation research, and instrument development. Her many awards include Boston College's Teaching Excellence Award in 2005, Partners Award for Excellence in Practice in 1998 and 2003, the Indiana University School of Nursing Outstanding Alumni Award, and the Sigma Theta Tau International Founders Award in 2000. Jones has a strong record of curriculum development and mentorship with graduate students, as evidence by their scholarship nationally and internationally. She received her BSN from Long Island University and Brooklyn Hospital School of Nursing and earned graduate degrees from Indiana University and Boston University.

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Table of Contents



  1. Part I: State of the Art of Nursing Knowledge: Visions and Issues
  2. Advances in Nursing Knowledge and the Challenge for Transforming Practice, Sister Callista Roy
  3. Elaborating the Tradition of Careful Nursing in Ireland, Therese C. Meehan
  4. The Role of Terminology in Identifying the Content of the Discipline, Marcelline R. Harris and Judith R. Graves
  5. Mid-Range Theory: Impact on Knowledge Development and Use in Practice, Elizabeth R. Lenz
  6. Linking the Nature of the Person with the Nature of Nursing through Nursing Theory and Practice and Nursing Language in Brazil, Marga Simon Coler, Maria Miriam Lima da Nóbrega, Telma Ribeiro Garcia, and Matthew Coler-Thayer
  7. Challenge to Action, Peggy L. Chinn
  8. Part II: Philosophical Basis for Knowledge

  9. Knowledge as Problem Solving, Beth L. Rogers
  10. Experiencing the Whole: Health as Expanding Consciousness (State of the Art), Margaret A. Newman and Dorothy A. Jones
  11. Poststructuralist Feminist Analyis in Nursing, Janice Thompson
  12. Knowledge as Universal Cosmic Imperative, Sister Callista Roy
  13. A Synthesis of Philosophical Perspectives for Knowledge Development, Dorothy A. Jones
  14. Part III: Integrated Knowledge for Nursing Practice

  15. Toward an Integrated Epistemology for Nursing, Hesook Suzie Kim
  16. Moderate Realism as an Approach to Integrated Knowledge for Practice, Yi-Hui Liu
  17. Critical Narrative Epistemology, Hesook Suzie Kim
  18. Unifying Nursing Language: Communicating Nursing Practice, Joanne McClosky Dochterman and Dorothy A. Jones
  19. Understanding Suffering from a Cosmic Perspective, Ruth Palan Lopez
  20. Integrated Nursing Knowledge: A Prerequisite for Systems' Redesign, Carolyn A. Padovano
  21. Part IV: Impact on Health and Patient Care--Exemplars for the Future

  22. Margaret Newman's Theory and Research Method: A Case Illustration, Anne-Marie Barron
  23. The Nursing Theory and Practice Link: Creating a Healing Environment within the Preadmission Nursing Practice, Jane Flanagan
  24. Linking Theory, Research, and Clinical Practice in Weight Management, Diane Berry
  25. Evolution of a Method in Knowledge Assimilation: Case Study in Chronic Illness, Nancy Dluhy
  26. Unity, Diversity, Conformism, and Chaos: Application of Roy's Epistemology of the Universal Cosmic Imperative, Debra R. Hanna
  27. Global Applications of the Cosmic Imperative for Nursing Knowledge Development, Donna J. Perry and Katherine E. Gregory

Appendix: History of New England Knowledge Conferences


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