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This best-selling text is the most comprehensive theory book available. It offers authoritative and up-to-date description and analyses of 28 nursing theories in a clear, concise, and consistent format. Organized into four units, Unit One provides an introduction to the terms, methods, and history of nursing theory. Unit Two presents theorists who develop philosophies of nursing, helping to define the meaning and purpose of nursing. Unit Three covers theorists who create conceptual models of grand theories of nursing, providing a comprehensive view of how nursing fulfills its purposes. Unit Four discusses middle range theorists who formulate theoretical statements to answer specific nursing questions.


Discussion of 28 nursing theorists, offering students the most comprehensive coverage of any nursing theory book available. Authoritative overviews of nursing theories, reviewed and validated by the theorists themselves. Consistent presentation of each theorists' work, with each chapter organized by the following headings: Credentials and Background of the Theorists, Theoretical Sources, Use of Empirical Evidence, Major Concepts and Definitions, Major Assumptions, Theoretical Assertions, Logical Form, Acceptance by the Nursing Community, Further Development, and Critique. Clear description of the terminology, method, and history of nursing theory development. Extensive bibliographies, split into primary and secondary works, provide excellent resources for further study. Photographs and brief bibliographies of each theorist add human interest and appeal.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Mary Ellen Wurzbach
This book identifies major theoretical thinkers innursing, reviews their ideas, lists their publications, discusses whathas been written about them, and the major sources they used for theirworks. It also includes chapters about the analysis of nursingtheories, terminology used in theory development, the history andphilosophy of science, logical reasoning, theory development processes,and the evolution of nursing theory development. The purpose, asindicated by the authors, is to be a tribute to nurse theorists. Thebook is written for nurses and nursing students, both graduate andundergraduate. The authors are very credible authorities on thesubject of nursing theory. The book contains tables that explainportions of the theories. In addition, diagrammatic models of thetheories and pictures of the theorists are provided in each chapter. The references are both historical and current, since many of thetheorists did their beginning work in the 1960s. The appearance of thebook is excellent. Unique features of the book are the bibliographiesof the theorists' work, their sources, and other writers who havewritten about the theorists. This book is very useful for teachingboth graduate and undergraduate nursing students. The current updateddescription of the theorists' backgrounds and theoretical sources,including a discussion of each theory, is very helpful for theorysurvey courses. It makes the theorists come alive for students. Theextensive bibliographies of each theorist's writings, sources, andcritiques of their work are very comprehensive. As a systematicoverview of nursing theorists, this book has few rivals. The reviewerwould definitely recommend purchase by nurses interested innursingtheory, graduate and undergraduate students, and nursing referencelibraries.
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Reviewer: Vicki Ann Moss, DNSc, MS, BSN, RN (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: This is a thorough and comprehensive analysis of 31 nursing theories and the work of 39 nursing theorists.
Purpose: According to the editors, it "is a tribute to nursing theorists."
Audience: Nursing students at all levels would be able to glean knowledge from this book. The editors state that baccalaureate students "may be most interested in the concepts, definitions, and theoretical assertions." Graduate students would be interested in the "acceptance by the nursing community, the theoretical sources for theory development, and the use of empirical data." Master's and doctoral students would also benefit from the extensive bibliographies.
Features: Introductory chapters begin with the history and philosophy of science, logical reasoning, and the theory development process, as well as the discussion of nine nursing theorists of historical significance. In the rest of the book, the theorists are separated into four sections: philosophies, nursing models, nursing theories, and middle-range theories. Each of these chapters ends with a case study, critical thinking exercises, and an extensive bibliography including primary and secondary sources for further study. There are also several new chapters featuring international theorists. A companion resource is available, which includes ways to apply the theories in real-life nursing practice.
Assessment: This is one of the most complete and comprehensive books on nursing theory and nurse theorists. Each chapter follows the same format, making it very easy to compare the theories and theorists. The credentials, background, and picture of each theorist begin each chapter and make the theorist come alive to the reader. Birth and, if applicable, death dates are also listed to help the reader put the theorist in a historical context. Other helpful features are diagrams of complex theories. This would be a valuable reference for any student and any nurse who wants to learn more about nursing theory.
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This book serves as a model or a paridigm: it represents the notion of theory to students, and provides an induction into what, for the nursing literature, counts as theoretical discourse.

Nursing Philosophy

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780323011938
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 11/9/2001
  • Edition description: 5TH
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 672
  • Product dimensions: 7.42 (w) x 9.22 (h) x 1.08 (d)

Table of Contents

Unit I Evolution of Nursing Theories
1 Introduction to Nursing Theory: History, Terminology, and Analysis 3
2 Significance of Theory for Nursing As a Discipline and Profession 14
3 History and Philosophy of Science 32
4 Logical Reasoning 42
5 Theory Development Process 50
Unit II Philosophies
6 Florence Nightingale: Modern Nursing 65
7 Ernestine Wiedenbach: The Helping Art of Clinical Nursing 84
8 Virginia Henderson: Definition of Nursing 98
9 Faye Glenn Abdellah: Twenty-One Nursing Problems 112
10 Lydia E. Hall: Core, Care, and Cure Model 134
11 Jean Watson: Philosophy and Science of Caring 145
12 Patricia Benner: From Novice to Expert: Excellence and Power in Clinical Nursing Practice 165
Unit III Conceptual Models and Grand Theories
13 Dorothea E. Orem: Self-Care Deficit Theory of Nursing 189
14 Myra Estrin Levine: The Conservation Model 212
15 Martha E. Rogers: Unitary Human Beings 226
16 Dorothy E. Johnson: Behavioral System Model 250
17 Sister Callista Roy: Adaptation Model 269
18 Betty Neuman: Systems Model 299
19 Imogene King: Interacting Systems Framework and Theory of Goal Attainment 336
20 Nancy Roper, Winifred W. Logan, and Alison J. Tierney: The Elements of Nursing: A Model for Nursing Based on a Model of Living 361
Unit IV Theories and Middle-Range Theories
21 Hildegard E. Peplau: Psychodynamic Nursing 379
22 Ida Jean Orlando (Pelletier): Nursing Process Theory 399
23 Joyce Travelbee: Human-to-Human Relationship Model 418
24 Katharine Kolcaba: Theory of Comfort 430
25 Helen C. Erickson, Evelyn M. Tomlin, and Mary Ann P. Swain: Modeling and Role-Modeling 443
26 Ramona T. Mercer: Maternal Role Attainment 465
27 Kathryn E. Barnard: Parent-Child Interaction Model 484
28 Madeleine Leininger: Culture Care: Diversity and Universality Theory 501
29 Rosemarie Rizzo Parse: Human Becoming 527
30 Merle Mishel: Uncertainty in Illness 560
31 Margaret A. Newman: Model of Health 584
32 Evelyn Adam: Conceptual Model for Nursing 610
33 Nola J. Pender: The Health Promotion Model 624
Unit V Future of Nursing Theory
34 State of the Art and Science of Nursing Theory 641
Related Websites 650
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