Nursing, Caring, and Complexity Science

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Nursing, Caring, and Complexity Science

SKU# 9780826125873

For Human Environment Well-Being


  • Alice Davidson RN, Ph.D.
  • Marilyn Ray PhD, RN, CTN-A, FAAN
  • Marian Turkel PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

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2011 AJN Book of the Year Winner in Professional Development and Issues!

This collected scholarship...will inform the personal/professional evolution of caring and nursing into this century and beyond, inviting new visions of the evolved human in the world of practice, education, research, administration, and clinical care. It is truly a visionary futuristic manifesto for this time in nursing and health sciences at all levels.

Jean Watson, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN
University of Colorado Denver College of Nursing
Founder: Watson Caring Science Institute, Boulder, Colorado
(From the Reflection)

This innovative volume explores nursing and complexity science, and investigates how they relate in research, education, and practice. The book examines best methods for using complex systems, with expert contributing authors drawn from nursing, sociology, informatics, and mathematics. Each author is actively involved in studying and applying complexity science in diverse populations and various settings-especially in terms of nursing, chronic care, health care organizations, and community health networks.

Chapters conclude with a response written by a nursing scholar, administrator, or practitioner, focusing on chapter concepts relevant to the complex systems seen in nursing. Chapters also include models that relate how these concepts can be used in practice, management, education, and research-from micro to macro scales. The first of its kind, this book demonstrates the potential of complex systems perspectives in nursing and health care research, education, and practice.

Key Features

  • Presents the central concepts of complexity science as they relate to nursing
  • Facilitates greater understanding of human caring relationships through the lens of complex organizational systems
  • Provides examples of how to create and implement complex systems models that enhance care for individuals, and in leadership roles, organizational caring, nursing informatics, and research methods

Product Details 

  • Publication Date January 28, 2011
  • Page Count 432
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826125873
  • EISBN 9780826125880

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Table of Contents 






1. Philosophical and Theoretical Perspectives Related to Complexity Science in Nursing

2. Complex Caring Dynamics: A Unifying Model of Nursing Inquiry

3. Theoretical Issues and Methods for Increasing Understanding of Complex Health Care Systems

4. Relational Caring Complexity: The Study of Caring and Complexity in Health Care Hospital Organizations

5. Why Six Sigma Health Care Is Oxymoronic in Hospitals

6. Entropy as Information Content in Medical Research

7. Caring Science and Complexity Science Guiding the Practice of Hospital and Nursing Administrative Practice

8. Leadership in Complex Nursing and Health Care Systems

9. Mathematical Models of the Dynamics of Social Conflict

10. Modeling the Complexity of Story Theory for Nursing Practice

11. Providing Nursing Care in a Complex Health Care Environment

12. The Complexity of Diabetes and the Caring Role of the Nurse Practitioner

13. Lessons in Complexity Science: Preparing Student Nurses for Practice in Complex Health Care Systems

14. Technological Change in Health Care Electronic Documentation as Facilitated Through the Science of Complexity

15. Implementing Change in Nursing Informatics Practice

16. Human Rights and Humanoid Relationships in Nursing and Complexity Science

Epilogue: Emerging Ideas/Questions for the Future of Nurse Caring and Health Care in a Complex World