Theories Guiding Nursing Research and Practice

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Theories Guiding Nursing Research and Practice

SKU# 9780826164049

Making Nursing Knowledge Development Explicit


  • Joyce J. Fitzpatrick PhD, MBA, RN, FAAN
  • Geraldine McCarthy PhD, MSN, MEd, DipN, RNYT, RGN, Fellow RCSI

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[This book] has its origins in courses taught by the editors and their collaborators for doctoral students. It therefore addresses the need to focus on how theories can be applied in the real world of clinical practice and the research based on it. Introductory and concluding sections make the case for the importance of theoretical frameworks when developing practice and research settings. Eighteen chapters cover individual theoretical approaches. While some, such as the theory of human caring and transformational leadership theory, will be familiar to many readers in the UK, others cover new territory... SCORE: 4/5 stars." --John Adams , honorary research associate, Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery , Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Nursing Standard

This is the first book to clearly and fully demonstrate the process of using theory to guide nursing research and professional practice. It describes a step-by-step format for evaluating nursing theory's applicability to research, a format that links theory (both middle-range and grand theory) to research on a wide range of clinical populations and care delivery systems. The book describes how theory analysis models are used to examine various nursing phenomena as they relate to nursing research and professional practice, and provides key examples of how this is accomplished.

The book takes the reader through the process of using a theory to guide research from inception of a research question to evaluation of future research. International experts in theory-related nursing research describe twelve theories that have previously been applied to research and practice and six theories that can be applied to future research and practice. Using a consistent analytic framework, each chapter applies a specific theory (from either nursing, psychology, sociology, or management) to a particular clinical population or care delivery issue. These encompass clinical, administrative, and educational nursing settings. The consistent format facilitates ease of comparison across different theories. Generous use of figures and tables further demonstrates the complex relationships between and among concepts embedded in the theories.

Key Features:

  • Demonstrates a systematic format for evaluating middle-range and grand nursing theory's applicability to research
  • Links theory to clinical practice at patient population and care delivery levels
  • Provides a useful template for students of nursing disciplinary knowledge development
  • Presents the scholarship of international researchers of theory-related nursing
  • Includes theories from nursing, psychology, sociology, and management

Product Details 

  • Publication Date June 06, 2014
  • Page Count 384
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826164049
  • EISBN 9780826164056

About The Author(s) 

Geraldine McCarthy, PhD, MSN, MEd, DipN, RNT, RGN, Fellow RCSI,

is emeritus professor of nursing at the Catherine McAuley School of Nursing and Midwifery at University College Cork (UCC) and Chair of the South/South West Acute Hospital Group, which comprises nine hospitals in the south of Ireland. Prior to this, she was founding professor and dean of the nursing school at UCC, and held the post of head of the UCC College of Medicine and Health, providing strategic leadership in research and educational programs in medicine, dentistry, therapies, pharmacy, nursing, and midwifery. She has also held a variety of other positions in Ireland, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada. She holds an MEd from Trinity College Dublin, and MSN and PhD degrees in nursing from Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. She has been a member of a number of national and European bodies and her ministerial appointments include one to the Fulbright Commission. She has been the editor/author of a number of books and continually contributes to nursing publications.

Table of Contents 


Pamela G. Reed


Joyce J. Fitzpatrick and Geraldine McCarthy

Part 1: Introduction

1. The Discipline of Nursing

Joyce J. Fitzpatrick

2. Extant Nursing Models and Theories: Grand and Middle Range Theories in Nursing

Mary Quinn Griffin and Margaret Landers

Part 2: Theories Applied to Research

3. Symptom Management Theory

Margaret Landers

4. Transitions Theory

Alice Coffey

5. Theory of Planned Behavior

Nicola Cornally

6. Social Support Theory

Patricia Leahy-Warren

7. Health Action Process Approach Theory

Elaine Lehane

8. The Judgment to Delay Model

Mairin O’Mahony

9. Progressively Lowered Stress Threshold Model

Mark Tyrrell

10. Cultural Competence Model

Karen Bauce

11. Interpersonal Relations Theory

Jeffrey Jones

12. Theory of Work Engagement

Margaret O’Connor Murphy

13. Sexuality in Women: Theoretical Perspectives

Vickie Cleary, Aileen Burton, and Josephine Hegarty

14. Acculturation Theory

Emerson Ea

Part 3: Theories Applied to Future Research and Practice

15. Story Theory

Patricia Prufeta

16. Self-Transcendence Theory

Jean Marie DiNapoli, Mary Joy Garcia-Dia, Leila Garcia-Ona, Deirdre

O’Flaherty, and Jennifer Siller

17. Caring Theory

Catrina Heffernan

18. Transformational Leadership Theory

Robin Krinsky and Josiane Hickson

19. Empowerment Theory

Jean Marie DiNapoli, Deirdre O’Flaherty, and Mary Joy Garcia-Dia

20. Theory of Meaning

Elizabeth Weathers and Margaret Murphy

Part 4: Other Theory Dimensions

21. Theory Underlying Nursing Intervention Research

Bernadette Melnyk and Dianne Morrison-Beedy

22. Summary and Future Directions

Geraldine McCarthy and Joyce J. Fitzpatrick