Theoretical Basis for Nursing / Edition 4

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Designed for one of the core courses taught in all graduate nursing programs, this text is the most contemporary, concise, and readable nursing theory textbook on the market. It presents historical perspectives on the development of nursing theory, assessments of concept and theory development and theory evaluation, middle-range theories, and shared theories from other disciplines in the sociologic, behavioral, and biomedical sciences, focusing on the application of theory. Learning features found throughout the text include case studies and end-of-chapter summaries that help to reinforce essential concepts.

This text is the most contemporary and comprehensive Nursing Theory textbook on the market today. Written in an easily understood style, it reflects current content course needs by addressing the underlying information needed to understand and apply theory to practice. One of the most popular aspects of this text is how it presents shared theories from other disciplines--such as the sociological, behavioral, and biomedical sciences--and relates them to nursing practice, research, education, and administration.

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Reviewer: Vicki Ann Moss, DNSc, MS, BSN, RN (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: This is a basic nursing theory book that focuses on helping students understand and apply theory to practice.
Purpose: The purpose is to guide students in ways to apply theory rather than to just analyze and critique theory.
Audience: The main audiences are graduate students and theory instructors, but the authors feel it also will be useful for practicing nurses, nurse researchers, and nursing scholars.
Features: Although most of the book is similar to the second edition, it does expand on the areas of evidence-based practice, middle range theories, and situation-specific theories. It also includes a variety of resources for faculty and students online as well as numerous recent examples of the application of theory to practice.
Assessment: This is a very comprehensive discussion of theory in general, theory types, and application of theory to practice. The expanded areas enhance students' understanding of the latest in theory application. In addition, it is written at a level graduate students and other novice researchers can understand. I use it as the main theory textbook for my graduate students and find it well organized and well written. The editors and contributing authors do a great job of bringing theory to practice. It is an outstanding addition to the available books on theory.

5 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781451190311
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 1/6/2014
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 592
  • Sales rank: 30,493
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Philosophy, science, and nursing 3
2 Overview of theory in nursing 24
3 Concept development : clarifying meaning of terms 50
4 Theory development : structuring conceptual relationships in nursing 73
5 Theory analysis and evaluation 95
6 Overview of grand nursing theories 117
7 Grand nursing theories based on human needs 132
8 Grand nursing theories based on interactive process 162
9 Grand nursing theories based on unitary process 201
10 Introduction to middle range nursing theories 224
11 Overview of selected middle range nursing theories 241
12 Theories from the sociologic sciences 273
13 Theories from the behavioral sciences 300
14 Theories from the biomedical sciences 328
15 Theories, models, and frameworks from administration and management 353
16 Learning theories 381
17 Application of theory in nursing practice 411
18 Application of theory in nursing research 434
19 Application of theory in nursing administration and management 457
20 Application of theory in nursing education 487
21 Future issues in nursing theory 508
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