Nursing Theory and Research

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.

Nursing Theories |^ Top

Imogene King

Imogene King General Systems Theory

Faye Glenn Abdellah:

Erickson, Tomlin & Swain

Virginia Henderson

Madeleine Leininger

Myra Estrin Levine The Conservation Model

Margaret A. Newman

Ida Jean Orlando

Rosemarie Rizzo Parse

Hildegard E. Peplau

Martha E. Rogers

Sister Callista Roy

Jean Watson: Theory of Caring in Nursing

Ruth A. Wittmann-Price

Dorothea E. Orem


Mid-Range Nursing Theories |^ Top

Nursing Models |^ Top

Related Links |^ Top

Can't find the theory you're looking for? |^ Top

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 |^ Top

Check back at a later date.

Nursing Theory Conferences |^ Top


Discussion Forums for Nursing Theory |^ Top

Teaching Tools |^ Top

Kelli Rosenthal's Nursing Crossword Puzzle on ResourceNurse

Resources |^ Top


Books & Other References |^ Top

Some book recommendations we've received (please tell us about others)

  • Alligood, M.R. (2014). Nursing Theory: Utilization & Application, 5th edition. St. Louis: Mosby-Elsevier.
  • Alligood, M.R. (2018). Nursing Theorists and Their Work, 9th edition. St. Louis: Elsevier.
  • Cody, W. k> (2015) Philosophical and Theoretical Perspectives for Advanced Nursing Practice (5th Ed). Jones & Bartlett Pub
  • Davidson, A. (2011). Nursing, Caring, and Complexity Science: For Human-Environment Well Being. New York; Springer Publishing Company
  • Duffy, J. (2009). Quality Caring in Nursing: Applying Theory to Clinical Practice, Education, and Leadership. New York; Springer Publishing Company
  • 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. (2011). 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
  • Meleis, A. I. (2012). Theoretical Nursing : Development and Progress. (5th 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: 048622340XParker, M. (2006). Nursing Theorists and Their Application in Practice (2nd ed). Philadelphia: F. A. Davis.
  • Parker, M. E. (2014). Nursing Theories and Nursing Practice. (4th 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. (2013). Transcultural Health Care (4th ed). Philadelphia: F. A. Davis.
  • Frey, M. & Sieloff, C. L., et al (2002). King’s Conceptual System and Theory of Goal Attainment: Past, Present, and Future. Nursing Science Quarterly, 15(2),107-112
  • Sitzman, K.L. and Eichelberger, L. W. (2016) . Understanding the work of nurse theorists: A creative beginning,  Boston; Jones and Bartlett
  • Walker, L. O. & Avant, K. C. (2011). (5th Edition). Strategies for Theory Construction in Nursing Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall.
  • Watson, J. (2009). Assessing and Measuring Caring in Nursing and Health Science. 2nd edition. New York; Springer Publishing Company

Other Nursing Theory Sites |^ Top

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

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