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In Search of Nursing Science

In Search of Nursing Science

Edited by:
  • Anna Omery - UCLA, USA
  • Christine E. Kasper - Graduate School of Nursing at Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, John Hopkins University, USA
  • Gayle Page - Johns Hopkins University, USA

January 1995 | 320 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

In the field of nursing, which schools of philosophical thought have the greatest influence? Does any one philosophical school dominate, or has nursing been shaped by the interplay of various philosophical tenets?

In Search of Nursing Science provides an incisive analysis of modern theories currently influencing and challenging the field of nursing. Contributors explore and offer their insights on such diverse philosophical schools as empiricism, feminism, phenomenology, hermeneutics, critical theory, and poststructuralism. Each philosophic school is carefully explored and its relationship to - and influences on - the past, present, and future of nursing are considered. Addressing a variety of issues central to the advancement of nursing science, this expansive work will be a critical tool for professionals and academics alike.

"This book provides an excellent introduction to very complex and diverse material . . . . Particularly valuable is the way various philosophical perspectives have been used in nursing research and practice. The book is highly recommended for nurse scholars and researchers and may be considered essential for doctoral-level theory courses."

--Doody's Nursing Book Review Home Page

"This book is unique in that its contributors--nurse-scientists, educators, and philosophers--present discussions of a variety of philosophical approaches that have influenced the evolution of nursing practice, education, and research . . . . it serves as an excellent resource for doctoral students in nursing."


"Nursing has long needed a single sourcebook that sets forth the essence of several philosophic positions concerning the nature of its science. In Search of Nursing Science fulfills that need. Additionally, it provides a historical perspective that will be helpful to graduate students and other nursing scholars in determining which of an array of philosophic positions they prefer."

--Rozella M. Schlotfeldt, Case Western Reserve University

Introduction: Nursing Science for Nursing Practice

Sue Karen Donaldson
Sandra J Weiss
Contemporary Empiricism
Christine E Kapser
The Problem with the Bottom Line

Jacquelyn Anne K Kegley
Science as Tradition and Tradition Shattering
Thomas Kuhn's Philosophy of Science

Barbara Riegel et al
Moving Beyond
A Generative Philosophy of Science

Sara T Fry
Science as Problem Solving
Cathy Rodgers Ward
An Evolutionary Approach to the Discipline of Nursing and Nursing Administration
Ruth Ginzberg
Feminism, Science and Nursing
Sandra Harding
The Method Question
Gayle Giboney Page
Pain: An Issue of Gender
Anna Omery and Carol Mack
Phenomenology and Science
Marlene Zichi Cohen and Kenneth Norris, Jr.
The Experience of Surgery
Phenomenological Clinical Nursing Research

Richard H Steeves and David L Kahn
A Hermeneutical Human Science for Nursing
Francelyn Reeder
Passages Through the Heart
A Hermeneutic of Choice

Hesook Suzie Kim and Inger Margrethe Holter
Critical Theory for Science of Nursing Practice
Inger Margrethe Holter and Hesook Suzie Kim
Methodology for Critical Theory
Critical Action Research

Laura Dzurec
Post-Structuralist Science
An Historical Account for Profound Visibility

Laura Dzurec
Severe Mental Disability? Or a Play of Wills?
Anne H Bishop and John R Scudder, Jr.
Applied Science, Practice and Intervention Technology
Hannah Dean
Science and Practice
The Nature of Knowledge

Luther Chrisman
Science as the Predictor of Professional Recognition and Success
Epilogue: The Journey Continues

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