Nursing Theories: Conceptual and Philosophical Foundations, Second Edition / Edition 2

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This second edition is the perfect companion to original theoretical works in nursing for a better understanding of both the theories themselves and the essential questions about nursing theory development. Rather than being a nursing theory survey, the text provides the reader with a deeper understanding of nursing theories through examining them in their conceptual and philosophical contexts. This is a work of international collaboration, with distinguished nurse scholars from the United States, Germany, and Norway, organized around major themes in nursing and health care into which information on specific nursing theories is integrated. It is designed for advanced nursing students, educators, and others interested in nursing theory and concepts.

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Editorial Reviews

Mary Ellen Wurzbach
This nursing theory text is an examination of the conceptual and philosophical ideas behind nursing theories from a transcultural perspective. American, German, and Norwegian authors have contributed. The purpose is to systematically analyze nursing's major theoretical work through its conceptual and philosophical foundations. It is not a survey of the structure and content of nursing theory. The editors hope that the book will be used as a companion to the original theoretical works, for better understanding not only of the theories themselves, but also of essential questions about nursing theory development. These are worthy objectives that are well met. The book is designed to assist advanced nursing students to comprehend major theoretical ideas related to theory development and its relationship to nursing practice. The editors and contributors are credible authorities on the philosophical and conceptual foundations of nursing theory. Ten themes abstracted from nursing theories are examined. Six of the themes are conceptual in focus, such as human needs, adaptation, and human interaction. Three themes are related to the ontological basis of nursing theories; for example, holism, systems, and existential phenomenology. Finally, one theme is the philosophy of nursing as it relates to nursing theory. In addition, theory development is examined from a socio-historical perspective. The unique features of the book are the historical and cross cultural perspectives on the conceptual and philosophical underpinnings of nursing theories. The two chapters on human needs are particularly interesting and well done. This text meets a critical need in nursing theory. As the editors state,it is in the third tier of books about nursing theory. Tiers one and two are the original theoretical works themselves as well as survey books about the analysis and evaluation of the original works. With this addition, students of nursing theory will be able to examine the origins of the ideas contained in nursing theories.
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Reviewer: Mary Ellen Wurzbach, RN, MSN, PhD (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: This nursing theory text is an examination of the conceptual and philosophical ideas behind nursing theories from a transcultural perspective. American, German, and Norwegian authors have contributed.
Purpose: The purpose is to systematically analyze nursing's major theoretical work through its conceptual and philosophical foundations. It is not a survey of the structure and content of nursing theory. The editors hope that the book will be used as a companion to the original theoretical works, for better understanding not only of the theories themselves, but also of essential questions about nursing theory development. These are worthy objectives that are well met.
Audience: The book is designed to assist advanced nursing students to comprehend major theoretical ideas related to theory development and its relationship to nursing practice. The editors and contributors are credible authorities on the philosophical and conceptual foundations of nursing theory.
Features: Ten themes abstracted from nursing theories are examined. Six of the themes are conceptual in focus, such as human needs, adaptation, and human interaction. Three themes are related to the ontological basis of nursing theories; for example, holism, systems, and existential phenomenology. Finally, one theme is the philosophy of nursing as it relates to nursing theory. In addition, theory development is examined from a socio-historical perspective. The unique features of the book are the historical and cross cultural perspectives on the conceptual and philosophical underpinnings of nursing theories. The two chapters on human needs are particularly interesting and well done.
Assessment: This text meets a critical need in nursing theory. As the editors state, it is in the third tier of books about nursing theory. Tiers one and two are the original theoretical works themselves as well as survey books about the analysis and evaluation of the original works. With this addition, students of nursing theory will be able to examine the origins of the ideas contained in nursing theories.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826140050
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/29/2005
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 309
  • Product dimensions: 6.06 (w) x 8.96 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Meet the Author

Hesook Suzie Kim, PhD, RN, has been professor of nursing at the University of Rhode Island since 1979 and Professor II at the Institute of Nursing Science, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo in Norway from 1992 to 2003. She is professor emerita of nursing at the University of Rhode Island, from which she retired in 2004, and currently holds the professorship at Buskerud University College in Norway. Dr. Kim had taught at the University of Rhode Island since 1973 and was dean of the College of Nursing there from 1983 to 1988. Her PhD is in sociology from Brown University, and her nursing degrees (BS and MS) are from Indiana University. she has published extensively in the area of nursing epistemology, theory development in nursing, the nature of nursing practice, and collaborative decision-making in nursing practice as well as in various areas of clinical nursing research. Most notably, Dr. Kim is the author of a seminal book on the metaparadigm of nursing originally published in 1983, entitled The Nature of Theoretical Thinking in Nursing, the second edition of which was published in 2000.

Ingrid Kollak, PhD, RN, has been professor of nursing science at the Alice Salomon University of Applied Sciences (ASFH) in Berlin since 1995. (Dr. Kollak was educated and worked as a nurse in Germany, where a registration system is not common.) She studied German, sociology, and pedagogy at the Ruhr University in Bochum and spent time studying and researching in France, Austria, and the U.S. between 1984 and 1993. Dr. Kollak gained her PhD in German and qualified as a teacher and as a nurse. She teaches in bachelor's and master's programs at ASFH and at Berlin's Humboldt University and is a member of the post-graduate research center Multimorbidity in Old Age and Special Care Problems, organized by five Berlin universities. Since 2002 Dr. Kolak has been coeditor of Pflege und Gesellschaft (Nursing and Society), the theoretical journal of the German Society of Nursing. She has published extensively on self-care, culture, and difference as well as language, communication, and specialist media.

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Table of Contents

  1. Preface
    Introduction, H.S. Kim
  2. Human Needs and Nursing Theory, J. Fortin
  3. Adaptation as a Basic Conceptual Focus in Nursing Theories, D. Schwartz-Barcott
  4. The Concept of Self-Care, I. Kollak
  5. The concept of Interaction in Theory and Practice, S. Wied
  6. The Concept of Need in Nursing Theory, P. Powers
  7. The Concept of Holism, H.S. Kim
  8. Systems Theory and Nursing Theories, H. Kleve
  9. Existentialism anad Phenomenology in Nursing Theories, H.S. Kim
  10. Humanism in Nursing Theory: A Focus on Caring, M.S. Fagermoen
  11. Pragmatism, Nursing, and Nursing Knowledge Development, H.S. Kim and B. Sjöström
  12. Biography and Biographical Work: An Approach for Nursing, B. Schulte-Steinicke
  13. Evidence-based Nursing for Practice and Science, M. Hasseler
  14. Transculturality and Nursing, B. Rommelspacher
  15. Illness as Risk, F. Balke
  16. Postscript, I. Kollak and S. Wied

  17. Appendix A: Synopsis of Selected Nursing Theories and Conceptual Models
    Appendix B: Selected Middle-Range Theories in Nursing
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