Description: In its discussion of the concept of nursing as a practice profession, this book notes the need for philosophy of science content in doctoral programs in general and in DNP programs in particular.
Purpose: The purpose is to contribute to the debate on practice knowledge development for the discipline of nursing, specifically for doctoral education, and to increase the understanding of science for practice-doctorate nurses.
Audience: This book is written specifically for doctoral nursing students, whether pursuing a DNP or a PhD. The authors believe it also is relevant for DNP programs that already incorporate the philosophy of science, as well as those that do not but may be contemplating adding it. It also can be used as a secondary textbook for doctoral research and/or professional issues courses.
Features: The 16 chapters are divided into three sections covering the practice discipline, philosophy of science principles and concepts for a practice discipline, and the connection between the philosophy of science and nursing science. It includes introductory material on philosophy in general and philosophy of science in particular and chapters on practice and practice disciplines. Other chapters cover the history of the philosophy of science and its correlation to nursing science and discuss the next steps in developing practice knowledge. Appendixes include a sample philosophy of science syllabus and a glossary of philosophical terms.
Assessment: This appears to be the first book that focuses on the philosophy of science and its application to practice doctorates. The authors assume readers may not have a formal background in the philosophy of science, and write in a conversational tone with a minimum of difficult terminology. They discuss the current state of DNP education in a way that can foster discourse and debate.