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Patricia Liehr & Mary Jane Smith    



Middle Range Nursing Theory: Attentively Embracing Story


Patricia Liehr & Mary Jane Smith



Patricia Liehr

Ph.D, RN


Patricia Liehr , Ph.D., ARNP
Professor, Associate Dean for Nursing Research & Scholarship
777 Glades Road
Florida Atlantic University
Boca Raton, FL 33431-0991
Tel: (561) 297-2048
E-mail: pliehr@fau.edu


Attentively Embracing Story. Theoretical Framework (MS Word Doc)  Smith & Liehr, 1999.

Mary Jane Smith



Smith, Mary Jane
BSN & MNEd: University of Pittsburgh
PhD: New York University.
Specialty Areas: Middle range theory development, qualitative research. teaching and learning.
Research Interests: Intervening in drinking/driving situations. The lived experience of being pregnant for adolescents in high school.
Job Title: Associate Dean for Graduate Academic Affairs
School of Nursing
West Virginia University
PO Box 9640
Morgantown, WV 26506

Email: mjsmith@hsc.wvu.edu

  • Attentively Embracing Story - Attentively embracing story is connecting with self-in-relation through intentional dialogue to create ease. (Information from Nursingtheory.net)

Sample joint publications:

Smith, MJ & Liehr, P: Attentively embracing story: A middle range  theory with practice and research implications., Scholarly Inquiry for Nursing Practice 13(3):3-27,1999.


Liehr P. & Smith MJ: Middle range theory: Spinning research and practice to create knowledge for the new millennium, Advances in Nursing Science 21(4):81-91, 1999.


Patricia Leihr, PhD, RN, Mary Jane Smith, PhD,RN. Using Story to Guide Nursing Practice.  International Association for Human Caring - Journal Article  Summer 2000 Volume 4 Number 2; 13-18

Available Publications


Middle Range Theory for Nursing
The eight middle-range theories described in this work focus on different aspects of caring in the human health experience, with relevance to nursing. Each theory is presented in the same manner, including the purpose of the theory, foundational literature, key concepts, and use of the theory in nursing research and practice. A ladder concept is used throughout to illustrate movement from the more abstract to the more specific. A final chapter discusses evaluation of middle-range theory in general.
Hardcover: 224 pages
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company (May 1, 2003)
ISBN: 0826119158

Last Modified: Thursday May 20, 2010

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