Middle Range Theory for Nursing

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Middle Range Theory for Nursing

SKU# 9780826195517

Third Edition


  • Mary Jane Smith PhD, RN
  • Patricia R. Liehr PhD, RN

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Awarded first place in the 2013 AJN Book of the Year Awards in the Nursing Research category

This is an outstanding edition of this book. It has great relevance for learning about, developing, and using middle range theories. It is very user friendly, yet scholarly." Score: 90, 4 Stars.--Doody's Medical Reviews

Middle range theory has become a vital staple of nursing education and application to research. These theories, which lie between the working hypotheses derived from day-to-day research and the larger, systemic efforts to develop unified theories, cover the scientific underpinnings that guide nursing practice and research.

This third edition of a two-time AJN Book of the Year Award winner contains two new theories, including self-reliance theory and transitions theory. It revises and updates all other content, and provides ladders of abstraction for each theory to guide students in their appropriate use. This highly accessible book integrates nursing theory with well-defined practice areas, identifies purpose and basic concepts, foundational literature, relationships among concepts, and use in practice. Chapters are organized by central theories, each of which is covered in depth. Comprehensive bibliographies at the end of each chapter facilitate more in-depth research. The book remains an essential text for theory and research courses in master's and doctoral nursing programs.

New to the Third Edition:

  • Presents two new theories: self-reliance theory and transitions theory
  • Deletes two theories no longer in use: community empowerment and family stress/adaptation
  • Updates and revises all other content from the second edition
  • Guides students in appropriate use of theory per level of complexity

Product Details 

  • Publication Date May 15, 2013
  • Page Count 480
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826195517
  • EISBN 9780826195524

Table of Contents 

Section One: Setting the Stage for Middle Range Theories

1 Disciplinary Perspectives Linked to Middle Range Theory

2 Understanding Middle Range Theory by Moving Up and Down the Ladder of Abstraction

3 Evaluation of Middle Range Theories for the Discipline of Nursing

Section Two: Middle Range Theories Ready for Application

4 Theories of Uncertainty in Illness

5 Theory of Meaning

6 Theory of Self-Transcendence

7 Theory of Symptom Management

8 Theory of Unpleasant Symptoms

9 Theory of Self-Efficacy

10 Story Theory

11 Theory of Transitions

12 Theory of Self-Reliance

13 Theory of Cultural Marginality

14 Theory of Caregiving Dynamics

15 Theory of Moral Reckoning

Section Three: Concept Building for Research – Through the Lens of Middle Range Theory

16 Concept Building for Research

17 Yearning for Sleep While Enduring Distress

18 Reconceptualizing Normal

19 Yearning to be Recognized: From Concept Building to Proposal Development to Data Gathering and Analysis

20 Catastrophic Cultural Immersion: From Concept Building to Proposal Development to Data Gathering and Analysis

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Author Podcast: Middle Range Theory for Nursing, Third Edition

The third edition of the AJN Book of the Year Award winner, Middle Range Theory for Nursing, comes out this month. Take a listen below as we talk to Dr. Smith and Dr. Liehr about how this book differs than other books on this subject, and about the two new theories (self-reliance... Read More