Academic journal article Contemporary Nurse : a Journal for the Australian Nursing Profession

Nursing Theorists and Their Work (6Th Edn)

Academic journal article Contemporary Nurse : a Journal for the Australian Nursing Profession

Nursing Theorists and Their Work (6Th Edn)

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Nursing Theorists and Their Work (6th edn) Marriner Tomey A and Raile Alligood M (Eds) (2006) Mosby Elsevier, St Louis; ISBN: 0323030106; PB; xx + 828 pages; AU$82.50

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MERRI PAECH

Lecturer, School of Nursing and Midwifery

University of South Australia - City East Campus

Adelaide, South Australia

In this latest edition of this well-known text, the largest to date, the editors have included more international work than previous editions. The 37 chapters are arranged in six units or sections entitled Evolution of Nursing Theories, Philosophies, Nursing Models, Nursing Theories, Middle Range Theories and The Future of Nursing Theory. Nine chapters from the previous edition are condensed into a single chapter to enable the inclusion of eight new nursing theory chapters, three new nursing philosophy chapters and a new nursing model chapter. Many of the theorists are still alive giving the book a sense of current relevance for the profession.

The work of each theorist is presented using the same headings as previous editions Credentials and background of the theorist; Theoretical sources; Major concepts and definitions; Use of empirical evidence; Major assumptions; Theoretical assertions; Logical Form; Acceptance by the nursing community; Further development; Critique; Summary; and Case study linked to critical thinking activities. The inclusion of a critique aids the novice reader in the analysis of any particular theory and continues to be a strength of this latest edition. …

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