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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Vicki Ann Moss, DNSc, MS, BSN, RN (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: This comprehensive review of nursing theory includes both historical and contemporary perspectives about the nature, scope, and mission of nursing care.
Purpose: The purpose of this fourth edition is to stimulate readers to reflect on what drives their practice, whether it is nursing care, nursing research, nursing education, or nursing administration, and to inspire readers to integrate knowledge into a coherent whole in order to provide clients with quality care.
Audience: This book would be appropriate for graduate students as well as nurses who want to base their practices on theory.
Features: Its 20 chapters are divided into six sections: Our Theoretical Journey, Our Theoretical Heritage, Our Epistemology, Our Pioneers, Our Discipline, and Our Historical Literature. The last chapter provides an extensive historical and current bibliography including video and audiotapes on theory. Feminist thought and assumptions are integrated throughout and chapters are included on middle-range theories and nursing theory in the postmodern age. Reflective questions after each chapter aid readers in thoughtful dialogue and debate about theoretical discourse.
Assessment: Each new edition of this book adds new and timely information on theory and theory development. It is written in an interesting fashion that engages the reader. I used the third edition when I taught my first master's theory course and was glad to see that one of my favorite chapters, From Can't to Kant, was included in the new edition. This all-inclusive text is very usable as a graduate theory text or a wonderful resource for nursing scholars. The reflective questions at the end of chapters are a rich addition.