Contemporary Nursing Knowledge: Analysis and Evaluation

Authors – Jacqueline Fawcett, RN, PhD, ScD (hon), FAAN, ANEF and Susan A. DeSanto-Madeya, RN; PhD; CNS

Year First Published – 1984
Major Concepts

Articulation and frameworks for analysis and evaluation of nursing conceptual models and for theories; Articulation of the structural holarchy of nursing knowledge—metaparadigm, philosophies and world views, conceptual models, theories, and empirical indicators

Brief Description

The contents of the book represent an ongoing attempt to clarify the continuing confusion between conceptual models and theories that remains in the nursing literature. Part One content focuses on the components of contemporary nursing knowledge, including the metaparadigm, philosophies, conceptual models, theories, and empirical indicators; as well as strategies used to implement conceptual models of nursing and nursing theories in the real world of nursing practice. Part Two includes analyses and evaluations of seven conceptual models of nursing, including Dorothy Johnson’s Behavioral System Model, Imogene King’s Conceptual System, Myra Levine’s Conservation Model, Betty Neuman’s Systems Model, Dorothea Orem’s Self Care Framework, Martha Rogers’ Science of Unitary Human Beings, and Callista Roy’s Adaptation Model. Part Three includes analyses and evaluations of two grand theories–Margaret Newman’s Theory of Health as Expanding Consciousness and Rosemarie Parse’s Theory of Human Becoming; as well as analyses and evaluations of three middle range theories—Ida Jean Orlando’s Theory of the Deliberative Nursing Process, Hildegard Peplau’s Theory of Interpersonal Relations, and Jean Watson’s Theory of Human Caring. Part Four focuses on a strategy to promote the integration of nursing knowledge with nursing research and nursing practice and to explore what the discipline of nursing could become. The Appendix includes such resources as societies devoted to the advancement of particular conceptual models of nursing and nursing theories, internet home pages, audio and video productions, CD ROMs, and strategies for computer based literature searches. The book was written for all nurses and nursing students who are interested in the development of nursing knowledge and the use of that knowledge to guide nursing research, education, administration, and practice. The chapters about conceptual models and theories include comprehensive information about the application of these forms of nursing knowledge to practice, research, education, and administration of nursing services

Book Editions

Fawcett, J., & DeSanto-Madeya, S. (2013). Contemporary Nursing Knowledge: Analysis and Evaluation of Nursing Models and Theories. F. A. Davis Company.

Fawcett, J. (2005). Contemporary nursing knowledge: Analysis and evaluation of nursing models and theories (2nd ed.) Philadelphia, PA: F. A. Davis. .

Fawcett, J. (2000). Analysis and evaluation of contemporary nursing knowledge: Nursing models and theories. Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis.

Fawcett, J. (1995). Analysis and evaluation of conceptual models of nursing (3rd ed).. Philadelphia: F.A. Davis Company.

Translations: Finnish translation, 1989; Japanese translation, 1990; German translation, 1996; 2nd edition, 1999

Fawcett, J. (1993). Analysis and evaluation of nursing theories. Philadelphia: F. A. Davis.

Translations: German translation, 1999; Japanese translation, 2001, 2008

Fawcett, J. (1989). Analysis and evaluation of conceptual models of nursing (2nd ed.). Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis Company.

Fawcett, J. (1984). Analysis and evaluation of conceptual models of nursing. Philadelphia,PA: F.A. Davis Company.

Jacqueline Fawcett

Jacqueline Fawcett is a professor in the Department of Nursing (Nursology) at the  University of Massachusetts Boston. Although she has conducted two major programs of research during her career, one guided by Rogers’ Science of Unitary Human Beings and the other guided by Roy’s Adaptation Model, her passion is meta-theory, that is, the nature and structure of knowledge in nursing, which is the focus of this book.


Susan A. DeSanto-Madeya

Susan A. DeSanto-Madeya, Ph.D., RN, CNS is a clinical associate professor at the Boston Susan A DeSanto-MadeyaCollege Connell School of Nursing. Her research interests focus on palliative care. In 2016, she was named a Sojourns Scholar by Cambia Health Foundation, as part of its initiative to advance palliative care in the U.S. Dr. DeSanto-Madeya will lead the creation and implementation of an Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Certificate Program at Boston College for graduate students from nursing, social work, and theology and ministry. The program aims to provide them with increased knowledge of the core principles of palliative care across disciplines; an appreciation and respect for the unique and complementary contributions of each discipline in collaborative care; and a comprehension of the interdisciplinary processes needed to care for people living with serious illness—and their families—throughout the illness trajectory and across care settings.