Nursing, Caring, and Complexity Science: For Human Environment Well-Being

Nursing, Caring, and Complexity Science: For Human Environment Well-Being

by Alice Davidson
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Nursing, Caring, and Complexity Science: For Human Environment Well-Being

2011 AJN Book of the Year Winner in Professional Development and Issues!

This collected scholarship...will inform the personal/professional evolution of caring and nursing into this century and beyond, inviting new visions of the evolved human in the world of practice, education, research, administration, and clinical care. It is truly a visionary futuristic manifesto for this time in nursing and health sciences at all levels.

Jean Watson, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN
University of Colorado Denver College of Nursing
Founder: Watson Caring Science Institute, Boulder, Colorado
(From the Reflection)

This innovative volume explores nursing and complexity science, and investigates how they relate in research, education, and practice. The book examines best methods for using complex systems, with expert contributing authors drawn from nursing, sociology, informatics, and mathematics. Each author is actively involved in studying and applying complexity science in diverse populations and various settings-especially in terms of nursing, chronic care, health care organizations, and community health networks.

Chapters conclude with a response written by a nursing scholar, administrator, or practitioner, focusing on chapter concepts relevant to the complex systems seen in nursing. Chapters also include models that relate how these concepts can be used in practice, management, education, and research-from micro to macro scales. The first of its kind, this book demonstrates the potential of complex systems perspectives in nursing and health care research, education, and practice.

Key Features

  • Presents the central concepts of complexity science as they relate to nursing
  • Facilitates greater understanding of human caring relationships through the lens of complex organizational systems
  • Provides examples of how to create and implement complex systems models that enhance care for individuals, and in leadership roles, organizational caring, nursing informatics, and research methods

Product Details

ISBN-13: 2900826125872
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
Publication date: 01/28/2011
Edition description: NE
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Contributors xv

Foreword Yaneer Bar-Yam xix

Reflection Jean Watson xxi

Prologue Alice W. Davidson Marilyn A. Ray Marian C. Turkel xxiii

Acknowledgments xxxix

1 Philosophical and Theoretical Perspectives Related to Complexity Science in Nursing Marlaine Smith 1

Respondent Joyce Perkins

Respondent Francelyn M. Reeder

2 Complex Caring Dynamics: A Unifying Model of Nursing Inquiry Marilyn A. Ray 31

Respondent Janice M. Morse

Respondent Pamela Reed

3 Theoretical Issues and Methods for Increasing Understanding of Complex Health Care Systems Alice W. Davidson Stefan Topolski 61

Respondent Bruce J. West

4 Relational Caring Complexity: The Study of Caring and Complexity in Health Care Hospital Organizations Marilyn A. Ray Marian C. Turkel Jeffrey Cohn 95

Respondent Terry Eggenberger

5 Why Six Sigma Health Care Is Oxymoronic in Hospitals Bruce J. West 125

Respondent Michael Brooks Turkel

6 Entropy as Information Content in Medical Research Nikhil S. Padhye 143

Respondent Mary Pat Rapp

7 Caring Science and Complexity Science Guiding the Practice of Hospital and Nursing Administrative Practice Mary Beth Kingston Michael Brooks Turkel 169

Respondent Jim D'Alfonso

8 Leadership in Complex Nursing and Health Care Systems Diana M. Crowell 199

Respondent Nancy Shirley

5 Mathematical Models of the Dynamics of Social Conflict Larry Liebovitch Robin Vallacher Andrzej Nowak Peter Coleman Andrea Bartoli Lan Bui-Wrzosinska 215

Respondent Lisa Conboy

Respondent Joy Longo

10 Modeling the Complexity of Story Theory for Nursing Practice Patricia Liehr Mary Jane Smith 241

Respondent Debra Hain

11 Providing Nursing Care in a Complex Health Care Environment Michael Bleich 253

Respondent Mary Gambino

12 The Complexity of Diabetes and the Caring Role of the Nurse Practitioner Jane Faith Kapustin 267

Respondent Sherrilyn Coffman

13 Lessons in Complexity Science: Preparing Student Nurses for Practice in Complex Health Care Systems Claire E. Lindberg 285

Respondent Patricia Welch Dittman

14 Technological Change in Health Care Electronic Documentation as Facilitated Through the Science of Complexity Todd Swinderman 309

Respondent Barbara Penprase

15 Implementing Change in Nursing Informatics Practice Aric S. Campling Marilyn A. Ray Jacqueline M. Lopez-Devine 325

Respondent Kathleen Valentine

16 Human Rights and Humanoid Relationships in Nursing and Complexity Science Rozzano Locsin Marguerite Purnell Tetsuya Tanioka Kyoko Osak 345

Respondent Alan Barnard

Epilogue: Emerging Ideas/Questions for the Future of Nurse Caring and Health Care in a Complex World Marian C. Turkel Marilyn A. Ray 365

Addendum 371

Competency Literacy Bingo Sylvia Bushell Jim D'Alfonso

Caring and Complexity Sciences: Application to Nursing Education, Leadership, Practice, and Research Jeffrey Cohn Alice W. Davidson Claire E. Lindberg Marilyn A. Ray Marian C. Turkel

Index 381

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