Title. The middle-range theory of nursing intellectual capital
Aim. This paper is a report of the development of the middle-range theory of nursing intellectual capital.
Background. Rising healthcare costs and advances in technology have contributed to the need for better understanding of the influence of nurses’ knowledge, skills and experience on patient and organizational outcomes.
Method. The middle-range nursing intellectual capital theory was developed using the strategies of concept and theory derivation. The principles of research synthesis were used to provide empirical support for the propositions of the theory.
Findings. The middle-range nursing intellectual capital theory was derived from intellectual capital theory to make it relevant and applicable to a specific aspect of nursing, continuing professional development. It proposes that the nursing knowledge available in healthcare organizations is influenced by variables within the work environment, and influences patient and organizational outcomes.
Conclusion. The middle-range nursing intellectual capital theory should be tested in different healthcare systems and in different settings and countries to determine its effectiveness in guiding research.