Nursing, Caring and Complexity Science

“This collected scholarship…will inform the personal/professional evolution of caring and nursing into this century and beyond, inviting new visions of the evolved human in the world of practice, education, research, administration, and clinical care. It is truly a visionary futuristic manifesto for this time in nursing and health sciences at all levels.”
Jean Watson, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN
University of Colorado Denver College of Nursing
Founder: Watson Caring Science Institute, Boulder, Colorado
(From the Reflection)
This book is an innovative volume that explores nursing, caring science and complexity science/s and investigates how they relate in philosophy, theory, research, education, leadership, administration, and practice. The book examines the best methods for using complex systems, with expert contributing authors from nursing, sociology/anthropology, science, mathematics, informatics, and business. Each author is actively involved in the study of and application of complexity science in diverse populations and settings. Complex systems are explored in nursing scholarship and education, and within health care organizations or community health networks. Each chapter concludes with a response written by a nursing scholar, administrator, or practitioner focusing on the chapter concepts relevant to complex systems seen in nursing. The chapters facilitate a greater understanding of human caring relationships and ethical choice-making through the lens of complex healthcare organizations/systems. Examples are provided about how to create and implement complex systems models in philosophies of science, quantitative and qualitative research, education, organizational healthcare systems, and informatics and robotics.

This book won the 2011 Book of the Year award for professional development and issues in nursing.

Book is available on or from Springer Publishing Company.

Key Features

  • Presents the central concepts of complexity science as they relate to nursing
  • Facilitates greater understanding of human caring relationships through the lens of complex organizational systems
  • Provides examples of how to create and implement complex systems models that enhance care for individuals, and in leadership roles, organizational caring, nursing informatics, and research methods