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middle-range theory, nursing taxonomies, nursing theories



  1. Blegen, Mary A. PhD, RN
  2. Tripp-Reimer, Toni PhD, RN, FAAN


Given the broad acceptance for the need to develop middle-range theory to support nursing practice, nursing scientists must consider how to proceed with dispatch to develop these theories. This article suggests using the concepts in the newly developing taxonomies of nursing knowledge as the building blocks for these theories. Taxonomies of nursing diagnoses (NANDA), nursing interventions (NIC), and nursing outcomes (NOC) can speed the construction of the theories needed for nursing practice.