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Transitions Theory

SKU# 9780826105349

Middle Range and Situation Specific Theories in Nursing Research and Practice

Author: Afaf Meleis PhD, DrPS (hon), FAAN


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It is very exciting to see all of these studies compiled in one book. It can be read sequentially or just for certain transitions. It also can be used as a template for compilation of other concepts central to nursing and can serve as a resource for further studies in transitions. It is an excellent addition to the nursing literature." Score: 95, 4 Stars. --Doody's

Understanding and recognizing transitions are at the heart of health care reform and this current edition, with its numerous clinical examples and descriptions of nursing interventions, provides important lessons that can and should be incorporated into health policy. It is a brilliant book and an important contribution to nursing theory."

Kathleen Dracup, RN, DNSc

Dean and Professor, School of Nursing
University of California San Francisco

Afaf Meleis, the dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, presents for the first time in a single volume her original "transitions theory" that integrates middle-range theory to assist nurses in facilitating positive transitions for patients, families, and communities. Nurses are consistently relied on to coach and support patients going through major life transitions, such as illness, recovery, pregnancy, old age, and many more.

A collection of over 50 articles published from 1975 through 2007 and five newly commissioned articles, Transitions Theory covers developmental, situational, health and illness, organizational, and therapeutic transitions. Each section includes an introduction written by Dr. Meleis in which she offers her historical and practical perspective on transitions. Many of the articles consider the transitional experiences of ethnically diverse patients, women, the elderly, and other minority populations.

Key Topics Discussed:

  • Situational transitions, including discharge and relocation transitions (hospital to home, stroke recovery) and immigration transitions (psychological adaptation and impact of migration on family health)
  • Educational transitions, including professional transitions (from RN to BSN and student to professional)
  • Health and illness transitions, including self-care post heart failure, living with chronic illness, living with early dementia, and accepting palliative care
  • Organization transitions, including role transitions from acute care to collaborative practice, and hospital to community practice
  • Nursing therapeutics models of transition, including role supplementation models and debriefing models

Product Details 

  • Publication Date February 17, 2010
  • Page Count 664
  • Product Form Hardback
  • ISBN 13 9780826105349
  • EISBN 9780826105356

About The Author(s) 

Afaf I. Meleis, PhD, DrPS (hon), FAAN is the Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Professor of Nursing and Sociology, and Director for the School's WHO Collaborating Center for Nursing and Midwifery Leadership. Previously, Dean Meleis was a Professor on the faculty of nursing at the University of California at both the Los Angeles and the San Francisco campuses. Courses taught include international nursing, structure and organization of nursing knowledge, and transitions and health. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, and the UK Royal College of Nursing, a member of the Institute of Medicine, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholar National Advisory Committee; a Trustee of the National Health Museum; and Board Member of CARE, The Global Health Council, Nurses Education Funds, Inc. and Life Science Career Alliance. Dean Meleis has been active in promoting women's health nationally and internationally, through her work with the International Council on Women's Health Issues where she serves as Council General, and with the Girl Child Initiative of the International Council of Nursing where she serves as the Global Ambassador. Her research and publishing has focused primarily on global health, immigrant and international health, women's health, and on the theoretical development of the nursing discipline. She is the author/co-author of more than 150 articles, over 40 book chapters and six books, including four editions of Theoretical Nursing (LWW) which has sold more than 45,000 units in 4 editions. CGFNS recently announced that Dr. Meleis is the recipient of 2008 International Distinguished Leadership Award.

Table of Contents 


Introduction by A. Meleis
Section I - Theoretical work
1) Introduction to the Section by A. Meleis
2) Role Supplementation

Section II - Types of Transitions
3) Introduction to the Section by A. Meleis
4) Developmental Transitions
Commissioned Paper by Dr. Marianne Hattar-Polara

5) Situational Transitions
Commissioned Paper

6) Health & Illness Transitions
Commissioned Paper by Dr. Barbara Riegel

7) Organizational Transitions
Commissioned Paper

Section III - Nursing Therapeutics
8) Introduction to the Section by A. Meleis
9) Transitional Care Model

10) Role Supplementation

11) Transition Entry Groups

12) Debriefing

Section IV - Conclusion by A. Meleis
Index - Topical
Index - Author