Nursing Models for Practice / Edition 2

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"The new edition focuses more directly on the student market, including learning objectives and other helpful study aids. New material on developing evidence-based practice and a new chapter on the evaluation of contemporary practice against the social history of nursing complete the changes. Every chapter has been undated but the structure of the book has been retained. The new edition of this most successful textbook on nursing models develops a clearer understanding of the nature of nursing through the practical application of theoretical principles." This third edition will be welcomed as a vital introduction to the world of models for students of nursing, whether at an introductory level or for those returning to study in order to update their knowledge.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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"This is an excellent book for any nurse practitioner interested in nursing models. The reader is gradually introduced to the conceptual frameworks of an extensive range of nurse theorists in a practical and comprehensible way. The authors have adopted a relaxed and humorus approach to this complicated topic and provide evidence that learning can be fun."
Linda C. Pugh
In this second edition of a book for beginning nurses, the author clearly defines nine commonly cited nursing models and presents easy-to-use applications for seven of the models. The text includes a background about models in general and common characteristics of nursing models. The models defined are activities of daily living (Roper et al, 1976, 1980); self care (Orem, 1971, 1980, 1985, 1991); adaptation (Roy, 1976, 1984); health care systems (Neuman,1982); goal attainment (King, 1971, 1981); developmental (Peplau, 1952, 1988), humanistic (Patterson & Zderad, 1976); human becoming (Parse, 1992); and human science and human caring (Watson, 1979, 1988). Most of the descriptions include a definition, beliefs and values, goals, knowledge, and skills for practice, care planning, and a patient care study. The purpose of the book is to meet the needs of patients who require nursing services. The emphasis is on care planning based on the use of a nursing model. The audience is primarily undergraduate nursing students. However, nursing service departments could use the approaches outlined with little difficulty. The book is readable, and the illustrations are usually light-hearted attempts to make the text understandable. This book offers important foundational information for beginning nurses. It describes an excellent method of applying a theoretical model consistently in a practice situation. Practical examples using selected models are presented that the reader may actually use.
Though two authors of this introductory text are Australian and the third is English, the material is internationally applicable; the first edition (1986) was reprinted several times and translated into two languages. The aim is to give insight into what theoretical nursing models are, their implications for practice, and their uses. The new edition is substantially expanded and revised. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Reviewer: 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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780750615976
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 5/13/1996
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 264

Table of Contents

1 Nursing as theory laden practice 1
2 Developing an evidence base for practice 11
3 Models for practice 21
4 The basis of models 29
5 The traditional model for nursing practice 43
6 Common characteristics of nursing models - the patient or client 57
7 Common characteristics of nursing models - the nurse and nursing 73
8 The activities of living model for nursing 87
9 The self-care model for nursing 103
10 An adaptation model for nursing 123
11 The health care systems model for nursing 143
12 A goal attainment model for nursing 161
13 A developmental model for nursing 179
14 Humanistic nursing theory 193
15 Human becoming 203
16 Human science and human caring 215
17 Analysing and evaluating models for practice 225
18 Using a nursing model 229
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