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Nursing Theory and Research

The Nursing Theory Page is a collaborative effort by an international group. We are interested in developing a collection of resources about nursing theories throughout the world. The project began on 21 May 96 and will always be a work in progress.

The Nursing Theory Page simply links pages built and maintained by others who have knowledge about a theory.

If you would like to contribute a page, but haven't yet built a web page, that barrier can be overcome. Let's talk about your ideas. Please send us a note.

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Nursing Theories
Imogene King
General Systems Theory
Faye Glenn Abdellah:

NLM: Finding Aid to the Faye Glenn Abdellah Papers, 1952-1989
Uniformed Services University: Abdellah biography
NurseScribe© Abdellah page

Erickson, Tomlin & Swain
Modeling & Role-Modeling Theory (MRM)
Virgina Henderson

Tribute to Virginia Avernal Henderson (1897-1996) and annotated bibliography from the Interagency Council on Information Resources for Nursing (ICIRN)

Madeleine Leininger
Transcultural Nursing Model
Myra Estrin Levine
The Conservation Model
Levine bibliography
Margaret A. Newman
Health as Expanding Consciousness
Ida Jean Orlando
Nursing Process Theory
Rosemarie Rizzo Parse
Parse's Human Becoming School of Thought
Josephine Paterson and Loretta Zderad
Humanistic Nursing Theory
Hildegard E. Peplau
Interpersonal Relations Model
Martha E. Rogers
The Society of Rogerian Scholars
The Science of Unitary Human Beings
Vision: The Journal of Rogerian Nursing Science (free of charge journals)
Sister Callista Roy
Roy Adaptation Model
Jean Watson: Theory of Caring in Nursing
Watson's Caring Theory Homepage
Ruth A. Wittmann-Price
Wittmann-Price Theory of Emancipated Decision-making
International Orem Society for Nursing Science and Scholarship


Mid-Range Nursing Theories
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Marie-Luise Friedemann: Framework of Systemic Organization
Christina Sieloff: Theory of Group Power within Organizations
Katharine Kolcaba: Theory of Comfort
Ramona T. Mercer: Maternal Role Attainment
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses: The AACN Synergy Model for Patient Care


Nursing Models


Related Links


Can't find the theory you're looking for?

Unfortunately, we haven't yet found or created an Internet presence for some theorists. We have had mail from nurses looking for websites for Dorothy Johnson and Marilyn Friedman's Family Nursing Model. Pages for Joyce Travelbee and Joyce Fitzpatrick are under construction. If you are knowledgeable about a theory and would like to create and maintain a page, please contact us to discuss your ideas.

If you know of a website that we should link, please let us know.


Works in Progress
Check back at a later date.


Nursing Theory Conferences


Discussion Forums for Nursing Theory


Teaching Tools

Kelli Rosenthal's Nursing Theorists Crossword Puzzle on ResourceNurse



Theory Crossword Puzzles by Marilyn Stoner

Peg Allen's Literature Review Site


Distinguished Nurse Theorists (2006).
Nurse Theorist Videos by FITNE

Some book recommendations we've received (please tell us about others) 
Books & Other References

Alligood, M.R. (in press, due 2013). Nursing Theory: Utilization & Application, 5th edition. St. Louis: Mosby, Inc.

Cody, W. K. (2006). Philosophical and Theoretical Perspectives for Advanced Nursing Practice (4th Ed). Jones & Bartlett Pub

Davidson, A. (2011). Nursing, Caring, and Complexity Science: For Human-Environment Well Being. New York; Springer Publishing Company

Duffy, J. (2008). Quality Caring in Nursing: Applying Theory to Clinical Practice, Education, and Leadership. New York; Springer Publishing Company

Hardin, S. & Kaplow, R. (2005). Synergy for Clinical Excellence: The AACN Synergy Model for Patient Care. ISBN 13: 9780763726010 ; ISBN 10: 076372601X . Boston: Jones and Bartlett Publishers.

Hills, M. & Watson, J. (2011). Creating a Caring Science Curriculum: An Emancipatory Pedagogy for Nursing. New York; Springer Publishing Company

Jarrín, O. F. (2007). AQAL: Journal of Integral Theory and Practice, 2(4), 79-101.

Keegan, L. & Drick, A. (2010). End of Life: Nursing Solutions for Death with Dignity. New York; Springer Publishing Company

Koerner, J. G. (2011). Healing Presence: The Essence of Nursing, 2nd Ed. New York; Springer Publishing Company

Alligood, M.R. (in press, due 2013). Nursing Theorists and Their Work, 8th edition. St. Louis: Mosby.

Meleis, A. I. (2007). Theoretical Nursing : Development and Progress. (4th ed.). Philadelphia: Lippincott.

Nelson, J. & Watson, J. (2011). Measuring Caring:International Research on Caritas as Healing. New York; Springer Publishing Company

Nightingale, F. (1996 edition). Notes on Nursing. Dover Pubns. ISBN: 048622340X

Parker, M. (2006). Nursing Theorists and Their Application in Practice (2nd ed). Philadelphia: F. A. Davis.

Parker, M. E. (2006). Nursing Theories and Nursing Practice. (2nd Ed.). Philadelphia: FA Davis.

Peterson, S. J. & Bredow, T. S. (2013). Middle Range Theories: Application to Nursing Theory, 3rd Ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Purnell, L. (2008). Transcultural Health Care (3rd ed). Philadelphia: F. A. Davis.

Sieloff, C. L. & Frey, M. (2007). Middle range theories from within Imogene King’s Interacting Systems Framework. New York: Springer

Walker, L. O. & Avant, K. C. (2005). (4th Edition). Strategies for Theory Construction in Nursing Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall.

Watson, J. (2008). Assessing and Measuring Caring in Nursing and Health Science. New York; Springer Publishing Company


Other Nursing Theory Sites
The Nursing Theory Link Page at Clayton College and State University Department of Nursing


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