Giving Voice to What We Know: Implementing Margaret Newman's Theory of Health as Expanding Consciousness in Nursing Practice, Research, and Education

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Giving Voice to What We Know: Implementing Margaret Newman's Theory of Health as Expanding Consciousness in Nursing Practice, Research, and Education


Roux, Gayle, Nursing Education Perspectives


Giving Voice to What We Know: Implementing Margaret Newman's Theory of Health as Expanding Consciousness in Nursing Practice, Research, and Education edited by Carol Picard, PhD, RN, and Dorothy Jones, EdD, RN, FAAN; Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett, 2005; 233 pages, $43.95

Educators, administrators, researchers, doctoral students, and theorists who teach and practice within the theoretical framework of Margaret Newman's theory of Health as Expanding Conscious ness (HEC) have all contributed to this volume. The editors' stated goal--to link a theoretical perspective with nursing knowledge development, clinical practice, education, curriculum development, research, and nursing administration--was indeed achieved. This book provides clear and diverse evidence of ways nurses have applied HEC in practice, education, and research.

Four sections address comprehensive domains of nursing knowledge with a focus on theoretical context, caring praxis, research as praxis, and education. The fifth section is a thought-provoking dialogue and commentary on convergence and divergence of theories presented by Drs. Margaret Newman, Jean Watson, and Sr. Callista Roy.

This book will interest a wide audience of readers. It provides a strong empirical argument for theoretical nursing knowledge making a difference in client outcomes. The rationales and examples it provides could make believers out of critics who find theory irrelevant or difficult to apply in today's health care environment. …

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