Middle Range Theory for Nursing

Publication Year: 2018

Edition: 4th Ed.

Authors/Editor: Smith, Mary Jane; Liehr, Patricia R.

Publisher: Springer Publishing Company

ISBN: 978-0-82-615991-5

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The fourth edition of this invaluable publication on middle range theory in nursing reflects the most current theoretical advances in the field.

With five additional chapters, new content incorporates exemplars that bridge middle range theory to advanced nursing practice. Additional content for DNP programs includes two new theories: Bureaucratic Caring and Self-Care of Chronic Illness.

This user-friendly text stresses how theory informs practice and research in the everyday world of nursing. Divided into four sections, content sets the stage for understanding middle range theory by elaborating on disciplinary perspectives, an organizing framework, and evaluation of the theory. Middle Range Theory for Nursing, Fourth Edition, presents a broad spectrum of 13 middle range theories. Each theory is broken down into its purpose, development, and conceptual underpinnings, and includes a model demonstrating the relationships among the concepts, and the use of the theory in research and practice. Including concept building for research through the lens of middle range theory, a rigorous 10-phase process that moves from a practice story to a conceptual foundation, and exemplars that clarify the concept building process, this new edition remains an essential text for advanced practice theory and research courses.

New to the Fourth Edition:

  • Reflects new theoretical advances
  • Five completely new chapters
  • New exemplars linking middle range theory to advanced nursing practice
  • New content for DNP programs
  • Two new theories: Bureaucratic Caring and Self-Care of Chronic Illness
  • Two articles from Advances in Nursing Science documenting a meta-perspective about middle range theory development over the decades
Key Features:
  • Provides a strong contextual foundation for understanding middle range theory
  • Introduces the Ladder of Abstraction to clarify the “range” of nursing’s theoretical foundation
  • Presents 13 middle range theories with philosophical, conceptual, and empirical dimensions of each theory
  • Examines research application through exemplars demonstrating the use of middle range theory for advanced practice nursing
  • Includes Appendix summarizing middle range theories from 1988 to 2017


Platform: Ovid
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company
Product Type: Book
Author/Editor: Smith, Mary Jane; Liehr, Patricia R.
ISBN: 978-0-82-615991-5
Research & Theory
Language: English
Edition: 4th Ed.
Pages: 424
Year: 2018
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  • 2.75 (Theory) Doodys Essential Title

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