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Nursing Knowledge and Theory Innovation: Advancing the Science of Practice 2ed

by Pamela Reed and Nelma Shearer Springer Publishing Company
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First Edition Earned a 5-Star rating from Doody's

This esteemed text for graduate-level nursing students focuses on the science and philosophy of nursing knowledge development, with a special emphasis on theory as a tool in developing practice-relevant knowledge. It is distinguished by its focus on practical applications of theory for scholarly, evidence-based approaches. The second edition features important updates and a reorganization of information to better highlight the roles of theory and the major philosophical perspectives in knowledge development. It also introduces two completely new chapters: The DNP Project: Translating Research into Knowledge for Practice, and Generating Knowledge in the Practice Setting. Summary Points at the end of each chapter, in addition to Discussion and Reflection questions help to reinforce knowledge.

The text offers a comprehensive overview of the philosophy and history of science, the structures of nursing knowledge, and a path for knowledge development. It is unique in its reach beyond the traditional views about theory in nursing. It advocates equipping practitioners as well as other nurses with the tools to make theory more relevant to their own practice and inspire confidence to be active participants in building knowledge for nursing. The text will help students to become aware of their own philosophical and theoretical ideas and knowledge embedded in their practice and to learn strategies for developing theory-based knowledge—strategies that are practice-relevant and practice-based.

New to the Second Edition:

  • Presents important updates to the first edition.
  • New chapter: The DNP Project: Translating Research into Knowledge for Practice.
  • New chapter: Generating New Knowledge in the Practice Setting.
  • Reorganizes material to better highlight the roles of theory and the major philosophical perspectives in knowledge development.
  • Includes summary points at the end of each chapter.

Key Features:

  • Balances theoretical and philosophical ideas with the practical.
  • Includes concrete strategies for knowledge development.
  • Explicates the shared and distinct roles of DNP and PhD nurses in knowledge development.
  • Introduces "Intermodernism" to support practice-based theory and knowledge development.
  • Introduces "Interludes" whereby readers can examine specific strategies of knowledge development.



1. The Spiral Path of Nursing Knowledge

Pamela G. Reed

2. A Philosophy of Nursing Science and Practice: Intermodernism

Pamela G. Reed

3. Doctoral Nursing Roles in Knowledge Generation

Donna M. Velasquez, Donna Behler McArthur, and Catherine Johnson

4. Practitioner-Centered Research: Nursing Praxis and the Science of the Unique

Gary Rolfe

5. Interlude I: The Mandala and Discovering Nursing Worldviews

Nelma B. Crawford Shearer

6. The DNP Project: Translating Research Into Knowledge for Practice

Jennifer Ruel, Donna Behler McArthur, and Pamela G. Reed

7. Interlude II: Mindfulness and Knowledge Development in Nursing Practice

Catherine Johnson

8. Creating a Nursing Intervention out of a Passion for Theory and Practice

Nelma B. Crawford Shearer

9. Interlude III: Practitioner as Theorist: A Nurse's Toolkit for Theoretical Thinking in Nursing

Pamela G. Reed

10. Clinical Scholarship: History and Future Possibilities

Rene Love

11. Generating Knowledge in Practice: Philosophical and Methodological Considerations

Pamela G. Reed and Barbara B. Brewer

12. Interlude IV: Community-Based Nursing Praxis as a Catalyst for Generating Knowledge

Cathleen Michaels

13. A Paradigm for the Production of Practice-Based Knowledge: Philosophical and Practical Considerations

Pamela G. Reed

14. Interlude V: Steps in Reformulating a Nursing Practice Concept: Empowerment as an Example

Nelma B. Crawford Shearer and Pamela G. Reed

15. The Practice Turn and Nursing Theory Innovation

Pamela G. Reed


Pamela G. Reed, PhD, RN, FAAN, is Professor at The University of Arizona College of Nursing. Her research, practice, and scholarship include focuses on well-being and mental health across the lifespan, nursing metatheory and philosophy, and ethics and spirituality in end-of-life nursing care. Dr. Reed’s Self-Transcendence Theory is published in several nursing theory textbooks and articles, and has been used widely in research and practice. In addition, her Spiritual Perspective Scale and Self-Transcendence Scale have been used by researchers around the world. Dr. Reed teaches philosophy, metatheory, and middle range nursing theory development to doctoral nursing students in DNP and PhD academic programs, and she has received numerous awards for outstanding teaching. In addition to her many publications, she along with co-author Nelma Shearer, has published three editions of Perspectives in Nursing Theory. Dr. Reed is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.

Nelma B. C. Shearer, PhD, RN, FAAN is Associate Professor Emeritas and former Director of the Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence at Arizona State University College of Nursing and Health Innovation. She is a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. During her career, Dr. Shearer focused extensively on developing, testing, and disseminating a community-based intervention for older adults derived from her theory of Health Empowerment. Her work has been published in both research and clinical practice journals as part of her ongoing commitment to clinical practice issues and the development of clinically relevant theory for practice. Dr. Shearer’s theory-based health empowerment intervention has been cited in publications both nationally and internationally. Dr. Shearer has also received numerous awards for her outstanding scholarship, teaching, and research.