Therefore, that feature was included in the plans for the first edition of this text.
The authors of the chapters in the Application section (Chapters 5 through 20) have developed a plan of care for Debbie, and each author also introduces a case of his or her choice and plan of care for that person.
The reader is referred to The philosophies, models, and theories of a discipline are theoretical structures that address the central concepts of that discipline.
The science of nursing is recognized as a fundamental pattern of knowing for nurses (Carper, 1978).
Theory can be considered grand when it is nearly as abstract as the model itself and when the usefulness of the model depends on the soundness of that theory.
Grand theory is especially useful in research and practice because it is more general, and theories specifying the details of practice can be derived from it.
• The metaparadigm is the most abstract set of central concepts for the discipline of nursing (i.e., human being, environment, health, nursing), and these concepts are defined within each of the conceptual models and according to the philosophy of that model.
• Philosophies present the general meaning of nursing and nursing phenomena through reasoning and logical presentation of ideas (Alligood, 2005).
A key part of this chapter presents points to be considered when selecting a nursing theoretical work to guide your practice.
You may discover thatcertain of the works resonate with you more than others.