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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Vicki Ann Moss, DNSc, MS, BSN, RN (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: This is a revision of a book that introduces the background of theory and the application of nursing models in nursing practice. It has been extensively updated and rewritten with two added chapters (Nursing as Theory Laden Practice and Developing an Evidence Base for Nursing Practice).
Purpose: The purpose is to "describe the role of models, theories, knowledge, and science in professional nursing in a simple, practical way."
Audience: The first edition was meant to be used by practicing nurses. The second edition was expanded so that it appealed to undergraduate students and pre-registration students, but the authors wanted to keep it pertinent to a wider audience. The authors state that it is popular in U.K. and Australian undergraduate nursing schools. This third edition focuses more directly on the student market.
Features: This edition includes learning objectives, learning exercises, and study guide questions for each chapter. New material on evidence-based practice has been included as well as the social history of nursing and its impact on contemporary nursing practice. The book is divided into 18 chapters that include definitions and use of nursing models. The theorists featured include Orem, Roy, Neuman, King, Peplau, Patterson and Zderad, Parse, and Watson.
Assessment: This appears to be a very practical and easy read for the introduction of nursing theory and models. Chapters are short (average of 12 pages) and contain many illustrations including cartoons related to theory and nursing. The last two chapters include critiques of nursing models and ways to choose and use nursing models for practice. The book also includes an extensive list of references and a bibliography. These authors put the language of theory and models into language that can be understood by undergraduate students. It would also be a good review for practicing nurses.