Theoretical Nursing: Development and Progress, 6th Edition

Contributor: Peggy Chinn
September 3, 2018

Afaf Ibrahim Meleis, RN, PhD, DrPS(hon), FAAN, LL

Year First Published: 1990
Major Concepts

History of nursing’s theoretical journey
Perspectives and structure of the discipline
Evaluation of theories
Developing levels of theory
Visions for the future of nursing theory

Brief Description

Theoretical Nursing provides a comprehensive developmental and historical review of nursing theory. This text offers a contemporary analysis of the evolution of nursing and represents the degree to which many scholars view the focus and mission of nursing as a discipline through the development of its theoretical base. Chapters provide readers with different frameworks that shape the nature, the scope, and the mission of nursing care. The book presents practical perspectives that help the scholar to develop analytic skills and integrate knowledge into a coherent whole. This edition of the text incorporates the ‘journey’ of nursing theory and how practicing nurses use it to improve their practice.

Book Editions

Meleis, A. I. (2017). Theoretical Nursing: Development and Progress (6th ed.). Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Retrieved from


Afaf Ibrahim Meleis (1942 – )

PhD in medical and social psychology, University of California, Los Angeles 1968)
MA in sociology, University of California, Los Angeles (1966)
MS in nursing, University of California, Los Angeles (1964)
BS in nursing, University of Alexandria, Egypt (1961)

Dr. Meleis has held faculty positions at the University of California, Los Angeles (1966-1971, the )University of California, San Francisco (1971-2002), and the University of Pennsylvania (2002-present). She served as Dean, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing from 2002 to 2014).

(from Im, E-O. (2010). Transition theory. In M. R. Alligood & A. M. Tomey (Eds.), Nursing theorists and their work (7th ed., pp. 416-433). St. Louis, MO: Mosby Elsevier.)