OverviewWith a consistent focus on application throughout, Nursing Theory covers the development of nursing theory; the application of different nursing theories, models and philosophies; and the expansion of these practices with a look toward the future. Nursing Theory provides the opportunity for students who have learned the background of nursing theory using the companion title, Nursing Theorists and Their Work, to apply what they have learned to actual nursing practice through various patient scenarios. Real-life case history examples included in application chapters promotes evidence-based practice and further demonstrates how a theory is used in practical situations.Consistent case history featuring the patient Debbie in every chapter and the nursing plan that follows help you apply philosophies, theories and models presented in the text.Critical thinking exercises provide a more application-based approach rather than just contemplation of theories presented.Chapters written by contributors who utilize the work offer a unique approach to using theory in practice.Nursing metaparadigm discussion illustrates the four center concepts with which the discipline is concerned to help you see the scope of concern for the profession.Logical organization presents content in three distinct parts.Glossary offers quick access to key terms throughout the text. NEW! Nursing Care sections demonstrate how theories apply to certain situations and particular types of nurses.NEW! QSEN competencies throughout the book relate nursing theories to today's important focus on patient safety and quality improvement.NEW! Nursing theory timeline helps you place different nursing theories and theorists in history, illustrating the progression of the content.NEW! Fresh design helps you visually identify the text's relationship with its Nursing Theorists companion.