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Strategies for Theory Construction in Nursing / Edition 5

Strategies for Theory Construction in Nursing / Edition 5


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Completely updated in a new 5th edition, this book details the advances that have been made in theory development and demonstrate the continued relevance of theory to nursing practice. Chapters discuss concepts, statement, and theory development with recently published examples of theory strategies, emphasizing concept analytical work. Introductory chapters clarify the relevance of theory to nursing practice, while concluding chapters contain a greater emphasis on how theories can be tested for validity and utility in practice. Features include:

  • Recent theory development work being done by nurses;
  • Emergent philosophical views that reflect increased diversity;
  • International nursing theory development.
  • Updated material through-out
  • Preliminary Notes that engage the reader with a personal voice.

MARKET: Nursing Professionals.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780132156882
Publisher: Pearson Education
Publication date: 09/29/2010
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Lorraine O. Walker, RN, EdD, MPH, FAAN, has had a lifelong interest in nursing knowledge development and maternal and infant health. She received a BSN from the University of Dayton, as well as a master’s degree in nursing education with a specialization in maternity nursing, and a doctoral degree in philosophy of education from Indiana University-Bloomington. She also received an MPH degree in maternal-child health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and completed post-doctoral studies in educational psychology at The University of Texas at Austin. She currently holds the Luci B. Johnson Centennial Professorship in Nursing. Her teaching includes global health; quantitative design and analytic methods; and theoretical and philosophical aspects of nursing. Her research focuses on health promotion of childbearing-aged women and infants. Dr. Walker was honored in 2017 by induction into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame.

Kay C. Avant, PhD, RN, FNI, FAAN
, retired as Professor Emeritus in 2016. She has also had a lifelong interest in nursing knowledge development and maternal-infant health. She received her diploma in nursing from Methodist Hospital, Dallas; her BSN from Texas Christian University; her MSN from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill; and her PhD from Texas Woman’s University. She completed post-doctoral work in community and school health nursing at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia. Her teaching included philosophy of science, theoretical development of nursing, and informatics. Her research interests are primarily in standardized language development, and global health of women and children.

Table of Contents

PART I. Overview of Theory & Theory Development

1. Theory in Nursing: Past to Present

2. Using Knowledge Development and Theory to Inform Practice

3. Approaches to Theory Development Used in This Book

PART II. Derivation Strategies

4. Concept Derivation

5. Statement Derivation

6. Theory Derivation

PART III. Synthesis Strategies

7. Concept Synthesis

8. Statement Synthesis

9. Theory Synthesis

PART IV. Analysis Strategies

10. Concept Analysis

11. Statement Analysis

12. Theory Analysis

PART V. Perspectives on Theory and Its Credibility

13. Concept, Statement, and Theory Testing

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