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From The CriticsReviewer: Vicki Ann Moss, DNSc, MS, BSN, RN(University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: "This is a compilation of reprinted philosophical and theoretical articles written by 46 nursing scholars and theorists.
Purpose: "The purpose is to promote reflective dialogue among graduate students and advanced practice nurses about the philosophical and theoretical perspectives that guide nursing practice.
Audience: The audience includes graduate nursing students in master's and doctoral programs in nursing.
Features: The 31 chapters are grouped into six units: The Nursing Discipline and the Development of Nursing Knowledge; Nursing Science in the New Millennium; Nursing's Metaparadigm: Conceptualizations of Health and Nursing; Nursing's Metaparadigm: Person and Environment; Contemporary Perspectives of Nursing Science; and Interrelationships among Nursing Theory, Research, and Practice. The book has been completely updated and includes 11 new chapters, with added emphasis on evidence, values, person-centered care, and global perspectives.
Assessment: "This thought stimulating book helps the advanced practice student or nurse to ponder the unique discipline of nursing and the theories that guide advanced practice. I have used earlier editions with master's students and have found the book to be an excellent resource. This updated edited shows the progress nursing has made in theory development and in being recognized as a legitimate profession. As with many other theory texts, it will challenge students to think conceptually and reflectively. The list of contributing authors is exemplary. "