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In the Library:  browse the shelves in 610.7301

Search the library catalog:  

   SUBJECT = Nursing Philosophy

   SUBJECT = Nursing Models

   KEYWORD =  your nurse theorist's name

   KEYWORD =  your nursing theory

Use these same search tips in the JOURNAL DATABASES!


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Work of Nurse Theorists

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Featured Books

Cover Art
Middle range theory for nursing - Smith, Mary Jane
Call Number: 610.7301 M6277s2
Individual chapters on eight middle-range theories<-->five from within the interactive/integrative paradigm, three from the unitary/transformative paradigm<-->focus on different aspects of caring in the human health experience: uncertainty in illness, self-efficacy, unpleasant symptoms, family stress and adaptation, community empowerment, meaning, self- transcendance, and attentively embracing story. Each chapter includes the purpose and evolution of the theory, foundational literature, major concepts, relationships among the concepts, a model, use of the theory in practice and in research, and conclusions... Annotation (c)2003 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR ( (Syndetic Solutions L.L.C.)


On the Web

Google & YouTube

Many of these nurse theorists are still active today in the nursing community.

Try googling your theorist's name to find their own website.  Many times you will find a biography, a synopsis of their theory/model, and/or a list of their research works.

Look your theorist up on YouTube to find interviews. Interviews are "primary" research material.

(Primary sources include interviews, letters, and books about the theory written by the theorist, herself -- words directly from the theorist.)


More Primary Source Materials

You may find more PRIMARY SOURCE materials in Dissertations & Theses database -- click HERE.



Abdellah, Faye Glenn -- Twenty-One Nursing Problems

Adam, Evelyn -- Conceptual Model of Nursing

American Assn of Criticial Care Nurses -- AACN Synergy Model for Patient Care

Artinian, Barbara M. -- Artinian Intersystem Model

Barker, Philip J.  & Poppy Buchanan Barker -- Tidal Model of Mental Health Nursing

Barnard, Kathryn E. -- Parent-Child Interaction Model

Benner, Patricia -- Novice to Expert Model

Boykin, Anne & Schoenhofer, Savina -- Nursing as Caring Theory

Conti-O'Hare, Marion -- Nurse As a Wounded Healer/QUEST Model for Reflective Practice

Corbin, Juliet & Strauss, Anselm -- Chronic Illness Trajectory Framework

Dossey, Barbara Montgomery -- Theory of Integral Nursing

Duffy, Joanne R. -- Quality-Caring Model

Eakes, Georgene Gaskill -- Theory of Chronic Sorrow

Erickson, Helen & Tomlin, Evelyn & Swain, Mary Ann-- Modeling & Role-Modeling Theory (MRM)

Eriksson, Katie -- Theory of Caritative Caring

Fitzpatrick, Joyce J. -- Life Perspective Rhythm Model

Friedemann, Marie-Luise -- Framework of Systemic Organization

Glaser, Barney & Strauss, Anselm -- Glaserian Grounded Theory in Nursing Research

Hall, Lydia E. -- Core, Care, & Cure Circles

Henderson, Virginia -- Conceptualization of Nursing

Husted, Gladys -- Bioethical Theory of Symphonology

Johnson, Dorothy E. -- Behavioral Systems Model

Kalofissudis, Ioannis -- Complexity Nursing Theory/Complexity Integration Theory

King, Imogene -- Open Systems Model / General System Theory / Theory of Goal Attainment / King's Conceptual System

Kolcaba, Kathy -- Theory of Comfort

Leininger, Madeleine -- Transcultural Nursing Model

Levine, Myra Estrin -- Conservation Model

Locsin, Rozzano C. -- Technological Competency as Caring

Martinsen, Kari -- Philosophy of Caring

Meleis, Afaf Meleis -- Transitions Theory

Mercer, Ramona -- Maternal Role Attainment

Mishel, Merle -- Uncertainty in Illness Model

Moore, Shirley M. -- Peaceful End of Life Theory

Neuman, Betty -- Neuman Systems Model

Newman, Margaret A. -- Health as Expanding Consciousness

Nightingale, Florence -- Nightingale's Philosophy

Orem, Dorothea E. -- Self-Care Deficit Theory (SCDNT)

Orlando, Ida Jean Pelletier -- Nursing Process Theory

Parse, Rosemarie Rizzo -- Human Becoming School of Thought

Paterson, Josephine G. & Zderad, Loretta T. -- Humanistic Nursing Theory

Pender, Nola J. -- Health Promotion Model

Peplau, Hildegard E. -- Interpersonal Relations Model

Ray, Marilyn Anne -- Theory of Bureaucratic Caring

Reed, Pamela -- Theory of Self-Transcendence

Riehl-Sisca, Joan -- Riehl Interaction Model

Rogers, Martha E. -- Science of Unitary Human Beings

Roper, Nancy & Logan, Winifred W. & Tierney, Alison J. -- Roper-Logan-Tierney Model of Nursing

Roy, Callista -- Roy Adapation Model

Rubin, Reva -- Theory of Maternal Identity

Ruland, Cornelia M. & Moore, Shirley M.  -- Peaceful End of Life Theory

Schoenhofer, Savina -- Nursing as Caring Theory

Sieloff, Christina -- Theory of Group Outcome Attainment (Power) within Organizations

Strauss, Anselm -- Chronic Illness Trajectory Framework/Model

Swain, Mary Ann & Tomlin, Evelyn -- Modeling & Role-Modeling Theory (MRM)

Thornton, Lucia -- Whole-Person Caring Model

Travelbee, Joyce -- Human to Human Relationship Model

Van Sell, Sharon -- Complexity Nursing Theory

Watson, Jean -- Theory of Caring in Nursing

Wiedenbach, Ernestine -- Prescriptive Theory of Nursing

Wittmann-Price, Ruth A. -- Theory of Emancipated Decision Making

Zderad, Loretta T. -- Humanistic Nursing Theory


Subject Guide


Featured DVD

Need PRIMARY sources?

These two DVD sets have some interviews!

Portraits of Excellence

The nurse theorists: portraits of excellence - 10-DVD set on various theorists
[1] Virginia Henderson, Definition of nursing -- [2] Dorothy Johnson, Behavioral systems model -- [3] Imogene King, Interacting systems -- [4] Madeleine Leininger, Culture care diversity and universality -- [5] Myra Levine, The conservation model -- [6] Betty Neuman, Neuman systems model -- [7] Margaret Newman, Health as expanding consciousness -- [8] Florence Nightingale, Life and work -- [9] Dorothea Orem, Self-care framework -- [10] Rosemarie Parse, Theory of human becoming -- [11] Ida Orlando Pelletier, Nursing process discipline -- [12] Hildegard Peplau, Interpersonal relations in nursing -- [13] Martha Rogers, Science of unitary human beings -- [14] Callista Roy, Roy adaptation model of nursing -- [15] Reva Rubin, Theory of maternal identity -- [16] Jean Watson, A theory of human caring

The nurse theorists : portraits of excellence. Volume 2
Call Number: DVD 610.7301 N9743f2
[disc 1] Helen Erickson: modeling and role-modeling -- [disc 2] Merle Mishel: uncertainty in illness -- [disc 3] Nola Pender: health promotion -- [disc 4] Pamela Reed: self-transcendence -- [disc 5] Afaf Meleis: transitions -- [disc 6] Patricia Benner: novice to expert

On the Web

There are some awesome web sites that have gathered NURSE THEORIST info!  See if the theorist you need is here!


Martha E. Rogers, interview pt.1 - Nursing Theorist


Humanistic Nursing Theory


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