Tappen, R. M. (2011). Advanced nursing research: From theory to practice. Sudbury, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning. 504 pp.
Tappen, a nurse and active faculty member, presents a new text entitled Advanced Nursing Research: From Theory to Practice. Based on the title, I expected to find a book suitable for advanced graduate-level students who are embarking on new research programs. I was pleased to see the word “theory” in the title, and was eager to see how Tappen wove theory into her text. When opening the text, I realized that the assumptions I had made based on the title were incorrect. Rather than being a text for advanced graduate students, the text seems more suitable for advanced undergraduates and provides a framework from which to begin planning a research project. Additionally, theory is mostly discussed only in the 17 pages of chapter 3. Thus, the title of the text and the contents of the text were not congruent.
With the title of the text aside, the actual content of the text is quite valuable. Tappen’s conversational writing style makes the book easy to read and follow. The content flows well from one topic to the next. Part IV of the text focuses on analysis and interpretation of research findings and provides more detail than other similar texts. This may be helpful for students who have only a basic understanding of statistical tests and inferential analyses. This text may be a good supplemental text for advanced undergraduates or beginning graduate students who are in the early stages of planning a research project. –Heather Evans, PhD, RNC, CLC, Assistant Clinical Professor, School of Nursing, University of Connecticut