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Theory and Nursing offers a comprehensive yet concise exploration of nursing theory and its development, providing a solid foundation for an understanding of the nature of nursing. Emphasizing the intrinsic relationships between theory and theMoreTheory and Nursing offers a comprehensive yet concise exploration of nursing theory and its development, providing a solid foundation for an understanding of the nature of nursing. Emphasizing the intrinsic relationships between theory and the functional aspects of research and practice, this book prepares the student not only for the study of nursing science but for the work of nursing itself. The fourth edition includes an updated discussion of the emergence of nursing theory, reflecting recent developments in midrange nursing theory. This book employs a questioning approach to the concepts of nursing theory, engaging the reader to critically examine the assumptions underlying those concepts as well as to construct a personal framework of nursing knowledge. The language of this edition has been clarified to make the concepts more accessible, and the new edition employs a shift in language from the terminology of the traditional scientific method to care-based language appropriate to the science of nursing. Each definition in the glossary of terms includes page references to the text, thus aiding the reader in developing a comfortable familiarity with the terminology. Extensively revised references and bibliography provide guidance for readers as they learn to formulate and test their own theories of nursing. Updated appendices overview both the historical perspective of the major nursing theories and the current trend toward practice-based theory.