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Book Reviews: WATSON, J. (1985). Nursing: Human Science and Human Care, A Theory of Nursing. Norwalk, CT: Appleton-Century-Crofts

Book Reviews: WATSON, J. (1985). Nursing: Human Science and Human Care, A Theory of Nursing. Norwalk, CT: Appleton-Century-Crofts

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Book ReviewsWATSON, J. (1985). Nursing: Human Science and Human Care, A Theory of Nursing. Norwalk, CT: Appleton-Century-Crofts SAGE Publications, Inc.1989DOI: 10.1177/089431848900200310 Jacqueline Fawcett RN; PHD University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA Julia B. George RN; PHD California State University at Fullerton, CA Lorraine Walker RN; PHD University of Texas at Austin, School of Nursing, Austin, TX To provide various perspectives on this scholarly work, three critical analyses are published. BY Fawcett's Analysis Watson's book is about her theory of nursing, which she calls the theory of human caring. Watson's work is appropriately classified as a theory. More specifically, it is a middle-range descriptive theory that deals with the caring actions taken by nurses as they interact with others. This review of the book will, therefore, take the form of an analysis and evaluation of a theory, following the format presented by Fawcett and Downs (1986). Analysis of a theory encompasses explication of the conceptual model from which it was derived as well as identification of the concepts, definitions, and propositions constituting the theory. As a middle-range theory, Watson's work provides greater specificity than a more abstract conceptual model of nursing that provides a global frame of
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