Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

Dictionary of Nursing Theory and Research (3Rd Edition)

Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

Dictionary of Nursing Theory and Research (3Rd Edition)

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Dictionary of Nursing Theory and Research (3rd edition) by Bethel Ann Powers, PhD, RN, and Thomas R. Knapp, EdD; New York: Springer Publishing, 2005; 210 pages, $29.95 (soft cover)

When students, and clinicians for that matter, encounter research and theoretical literature, they often will say, "This is like learning a foreign language!" Just as having a dictionary at hand is a must when one learns a foreign language, this third edition of the Dictionary of Nursing Theory and Research is an essential reference, particularly for students who encounter nursing theory and research courses in their educational programs.

Yes, all nursing research and theory textbooks have glossaries. However, most glossaries give perfunctory definitions. This dictionary is different. Along with definitions of important terms, it provides thorough explanations that often include references to classic as well as more recent literature. For example, the entry for aesthetic knowing references Carper's 1978 article. And when intent to treat is discussed, readers are referred to a 2003 study by Long, Ritter, and Gonzalez.

In their preface, the authors describe their work as a living dictionary. Thus, new terms have been added that reflect the current emphasis on evidence-based practice, epidemiological research, and contemporary philosophical movements, including postmodernism. Classic statistical terms such as mean are briefly defined, whereas terms such as factor analysis are given more thorough treatment, including references to appropriate studies.

Any experienced researcher or theoretician knows that terms are often interconnected. One cannot help but discuss one term without reference to another. To account for this phenomenon, Powers and Knapp cross-reference terms where appropriate and italicize terms within entries that are referenced elsewhere in the dictionary. …

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