Nursing Theories and Models

Major Works

Edited by: Fiona Murphy & Christine Smith

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    • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd |
    • Publication Year: 2013 |
    • Online Publication Date: February 10, 2015 |
    • DOI: 10.4135/9781446286517 |
    • Print ISBN: 9781446254585 |
    • Online ISBN: 9781446286517 |
    • Series: SAGE Library of Nursing |
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Nursing is a global, dynamic and changing profession in which there is a substantial and important area of literature which charts nursing knowledge and theory. Through study of the topic it is possible to discern clear phases and themes in this development and to capture the debates as to how this knowledge influences and shapes nursing practice. These three volumes will cover the scope of international publications in nursing knowledge, models and theories and take a critical, retrospective review of these works. The volumes encompass empirical and conceptual works and will cover significant knowledge and key debates in the field, as well as including more contemporary works to signal future trends.

The collection is categorised and sorted thematically into three volumes to enable clear navigation and ...

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    Introduction to Volume I: Developing Theoretical Foundations for Nursing
    FionaMurphy and ChristineSmith

    In this volume, the selected publications chart aspects of the development of theoretical foundations for nursing. This includes early ideas on defining nursing, what might be considered as ‘nursing knowledge’ (Carper, 1978) and a categorisation of the components of a hierarchy of nursing knowledge (Fawcett, 1995, 2004, 2005). This hierarchy will be used to frame the discussion on knowledge and will include a consideration of paradigms, metaparadigms, conceptual models and theories.

    Developing Theoretical Foundations: Defining Nursing

    An analysis of the development of the theoretical foundations of nursing usually begins with the need to define nursing and what might be the nursing mandate. The word ‘nurse’ comes from the old French ‘nource’, which in turn comes from ...

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