This ambitious and long-awaited volume brings together foremost nursing scholars and educators to review and critique the state of nursing research across topics most relevant to current practice. Comprehensive in scope, cogent and truly thought provoking, a book such as the Handbook for Clinical Nursing Research is a must-have shelf reference for every nurse carrying out research or aspiring to conduct research and for those who teach them.
Part I: Philosophical, Theoretical, and Methodological Perspectives and Issues
The four chapters in this section focus on the philosophical, theoretical, and methodological aspects of clinical nursing research, especially the philosophical and methodological perspectives and issues. From a theoretical frame, Swanson, through a literary meta-analysis, examines the concept of “caring” as developed in numerous nursing studies. The concept of caring is highlighted because of its pivotal role in providing effective, high-quality nursing, as well as its acknowledged core importance in supporting human dignity and sustaining humankind as people struggle with the experience of health and illness. After reviewing about 130 studies and publications, an inductively derived five-level framework for categorizing the studies and articles on caring was developed. The five levels ...