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Theoretical Basis for Nursing, Third Edition [Paperback]

Melanie McEwen PhD RN CNE ANEF , Evelyn M. Wills PhD RN
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January 20, 2010 1605473235 978-1605473239 Third, North American Edition

Designed for one of the core courses taught in all graduate nursing programs, this text is the most contemporary, concise, and readable nursing theory textbook on the market. It presents historical perspectives on the development of nursing theory, assessments of concept and theory development and theory evaluation, middle-range theories, and shared theories from other disciplines in the sociologic, behavioral, and biomedical sciences, focusing on the application of theory. Learning features found throughout the text include case studies and end-of-chapter summaries that help to reinforce essential concepts.

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-- 2nd Edition review: "It offers a succinct approach to basic study of philosophy, concept and theory development as related to nursing. It then provides a range of theories from a variety of sciences. It provides a framework in which to view nursing theorists and theories and does a nice job of presenting key components of these theories in a standardized format." -- 2nd Edition review: "It is well organized and the topic areas are thorough. The authors clearly and succinctly present information relevant to the topics at hand. The use of subheadings was particularly helpful in guiding the flow of content. The tables provided were also very helpful in highlighting key concepts and in the provision of definitions. I thought the book provided extremely helpful resources after each chapter, such as internet site addresses directly relevant to the content discussed. Overall, every aspect of this book, content and format, was very good." -- 2nd Edition review "There's a good foundational discussion in Chap. 1. The discussion of philosophy--theory development--analysis is well developed. The inclusion of new contemporary theories..."

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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: LWW; Third, North American Edition edition (January 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1605473235
  • ISBN-13: 978-1605473239
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 6.9 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wish I had this book earlier October 27, 2012
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For my first theory course, we had handouts and another book. And our class was mostly lost. As a novice nursing student, theory can be really difficult and hard to grasp. For our second course we used this book, and finally it clicked. We also had 2 amazing professors, but this book explained theory and theory development really well for students who don't understand it well. If this isn't required for your class and only recommended - buy it (used of course) or rent it or find a copy from the library. This is a great resource for new nursing students struggling with theory.
--Bruce Kinley
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Required for school June 13, 2011
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It wasn't too boring, but was bland to read. I thought the authors were redundant and overly opinionated on certain topics. Its a "teaching" text, and the authors came across as providing their view rather than objective.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Textbook. November 29, 2013
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It's a textbook. Not a fantastic read I'd recommend to everyone, but it was exactly what I needed in great condition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars BACK TO SCHOOL April 6, 2013
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This book is worth all the pages in it and more. Great for the money and school. Very interesting and great guidelines
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well written February 5, 2013
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I wouldn't have bought this if I wasn't taking a class that required it but with that said, it is a well written book. Breaks down nursing theory in a easy understand format.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not happy with seller Book was great for the course April 27, 2014
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The book was great for the course I was taking but the seller did not meet expectations. Marina Kandova sold the book as new which clearly it was not. pages were marked up and it looked worn. Contacted the seller and she said she was sorry that she was very busy and didn't realize she had written in the book. I could have bought a new book for the same price which is what I thought I was doing. My class was starting so I did not have time to return and order another book from a differ vendor. Will not order from this person again.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Unreadable February 9, 2014
By Britt
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Required text for graduate class. I ended up going to the library and ANY other nursing theory book is better than this one. Tomey & Alligood published books on nursing theory are much easier to understand.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Sadly, it is not TTS January 26, 2014
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I already purchased and own a hard copy as I am taking this class currently. I was excited to find this title on kindle. I drive for long distances with the work i do and have been exploring ways i could listen while driving. Unfortunately this publisher has not made it available for text to speech. Does anyone have any ideas or know how to do this if I purchase an eBook or kindle? Though it is a good book for learning the interesting topic of nursing theory I am giving a low star hoping the publisher will view and take into account today's learning methods.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Buy!
The book was shipped quickly and it was in great shape, it doesn't even look like it was used. The The online student resource code wasn't even scratched off. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Michelle
2.0 out of 5 stars Ok book
this book could be more down to earth but i the reading was boring. I would not recommend this to anyone.
Published 10 months ago by Mike B
4.0 out of 5 stars Text book
What can I say, it is a required text book. Not something I would order on my own for pleasure reading
Published 11 months ago by Marjorie Fisher
1.0 out of 5 stars RETURNED/REFUSED
I order this book but it arrives after I am done with the course!!!!I emailed the seller but did not change the outcome of the delivery. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Liana
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Source
This is a keeper! There is so much information on the individual theorists in this book. I decided to keep it for future reference as a hard copy.
Published 12 months ago by Ellen
3.0 out of 5 stars Nursing Theory
I used an online site more then this book. We have to tlearn about nursing theorist from the begining. Thank you
Published 13 months ago by Ginger
4.0 out of 5 stars Ok
This is a text book that is helpful in the process assiociated with my continued education towards obtaing my MSN.
Published 15 months ago by Debra Rose Morell
1.0 out of 5 stars If it was not for the pressure to get my readings done asap I would...
The author index pages were cutoff, torn, not cemented to the lining of the book as all the pages should have been.
Published 16 months ago by Ninon Thamas
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