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Virginia Avenel Henderson

The theories of Virginia Avenel Henderson were selected by Summa's nurses as the basis for our philosophy of nursing and patient care.

There's a book the Summa Medical Library which is a collection of writings in tribute to Virginia Henderson, discussing her contributions and impact:

  • Virginia Avenel Henderson: Signature for Nursing / by Eleanor Krohn Herrmann, published in 1998. (Call Number: WZ 100 H497h 1998)

Hahn School of Nursing's - Nursing Theory Webpage

  • Nursing Theory & Research Webpage
    The Nursing Theory Page is a collaborative effort by an international group interested in developing a collection of resources about nursing theories throughout the world.

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Nursing Theory Books in the Summa Medical Library

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Middle Range Theory for Nursing - Mary Jane Smith; Patricia R. Liehr
Call Number: This is an E-Book
ISBN: 0826119174
Publication Date: 2008-01-01

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Middle-Range Theories - Timothy S. Bredow; Sandra J. Peterson
Call Number: WY 86 M627 2009
ISBN: 0781785626
Publication Date: 2008-03-10
This groundbreaking text is the most complete and detailed book devoted to middle-range theories and their applications in clinical nursing research. The book thoroughly explains the process of selecting an appropriate theory for a particular nursing research study and sets forth criteria for critiquing theories. Each chapter includes examples of research using middle-range theories, definitions of key terms, analysis exercises, reference lists, and relevant Websites. Instruments are presented in appendices. New features of this edition include analysis questions for all theories; new chapters on learning theory and physiologic middle-range theories; "Part" introductions to frame the selection process for each middle-range theory chosen; and a glossary of terms.

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Nursing Theories - Julia B. George
Call Number: WY 86 N9755 2002
ISBN: 0838571107
Publication Date: 2001-11-29
Designed as a tool to help nurses apply concepts and theories to practice, this book considers the ideas of well-known nursing theorists and relates the work of each tot he nursing process. Chapters are organized to relate the theorist's work to the nursing metaparadigm, the nursing process, characteristics of a theory, and strengths and limitations of the theory.Quanitiative and qualitative research methods now in each chapter. An emphasis on the use of nursing theory in clinical practice. Chapters on the work of Artinian and Conger, as well as the introduction of an interdisciplinary model.For nursing professionals.

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Nursing Theories and Nursing Practice - Marilyn E. Parker
Call Number: WY 86 N974 2006
ISBN: 080361196X
Publication Date: 2005-09-26
Learn to explore and apply nursing theories with chapters written by the actual theorists themselves! This completely revised and updated edition also includes chapters written by practicing nurses that offer real world experience, discussing how they apply nursing theories in their day-to-day practice. This valuable text will help you develop critical thinking skills and improve the ways in which you practice nursing. Middle-Range Nursing Theories:The Nurses.Info website provides a full listing of Middle-Range Nursing Theories from Evelyn Adam to Janet B. Younger. Each theory listed provides details about the theorist, a brief description of the theory itself, and publications of interest.

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Nursing Theorists and Their Work - Ann Marriner Tomey; Martha Raile Alligood
Call Number: WY 86 M359n 2006
ISBN: 0323030106
Publication Date: 2005-10-03
A classic in the field of nursing theory! This renowned textbook guides the reader through in-depth descriptions and analyses of 31 specific nursing theories - many reviewed and validated by the theorists themselves - in a logical, consistent chapter organization that makes information easy to follow. Its comprehensive and thorough approach, objective critiques, and clear writing style make it ideal for the study of theory at all levels of nursing. Twelve new chapters and updated material throughout this edition provide a wealth of information on the most current and cutting-edge ideas in nursing theory today. Each theorist chapter presents that individual's work in a logical, consistent framework, making the information easy to follow. A Major Concepts & Definitions box in each theorist chapter outlines and summarizes the theory's most significant ideas, while also clarifying content-specific vocabulary. Each theorist chapter is written by one or more scholars specializing in that particular theorist's work, often individuals who have worked closely with the theorist. Whenever possible, chapters have been reviewed and edited by the theorists themselves for currency and accuracy. An extensive bibliography at the end of each theorist chapter outlines numerous primary and secondary sources of information for further research. Critical Thinking Activities at the end of each theorist chapter challenge students to apply the theory to personal and hypothetical practice situations. Beginning chapters on the history and philosophy of science, logical reasoning, and theory development process present a strong foundation for the study of nursing theory. A new Nursing Model chapter has been added on Anne Boykin and Savina O. Schoenhofer: Nursing as Caring: A Model for Transforming Practice. A new Nursing Theory chapter covers Gladys L. Husted and James H. Husted: Symphonological Bioethical Theory. Three new Nursing Philosophies are included: Katie Eriksson: Theory of Caritative Caring; Kari Martinsen: Philosophy of Caring; and Marilyn Anne Ray: Theory of Bureaucratic Caring. Seven new chapters on Middle Range Nursing Theories cover: Phil Barker: The Tidal Model of Mental Health Recovery; Cheryl Tatano Beck: Postpartum Depression Theory; Georgene Gaskill Eakes, Mary Lermann Burke, and Margaret A. Hainsworth: Theory of Chronic Sorrow; Pamela G. Reed: Self-Transcendence Theory; Cornelia M. Ruland and Shirley M. Moore: Peaceful End of Life Theory; Kristen M. Swanson: Theory of Caring; and Carolyn L. Wiener and Marylin J. Dodd: Theory of Illness Trajectory. Each theorist chapter contains a brief summary that condenses the comprehensive discussion of the theorist's work. A case study at the end of each theorist chapter puts the theory into a larger perspective, demonstrating a way in which the information can be applied to practice. Eleven theorists have been combined into a single new chapter - Nursing Theorists of Historical Significance - that better reflects the ways in which the individuals' ideas are used today. A number of chapters, including several of the new chapters, feature international theorists and/or international chapter authors to provide a more diverse, global perspective of nursing. Dates of the theorists' birth (and death, if applicable) have been added to the chapter openers to provide a historical context for their work.

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Theoretical Basis for Nursing - Melanie McEwen; Evelyn Wills
Call Number: WY 86 T3965 2011
ISBN: 9781605473239
Publication Date: 2010-01-20
Designed for one of the core courses taught in all graduate nursing programs, this text is the most contemporary, concise, and readable nursing theory textbook on the market. It presents historical perspectives on the development of nursing theory, assessments of concept and theory development and theory evaluation, middle-range theories, and shared theories from other disciplines in the sociologic, behavioral, and biomedical sciences, focusing on the application of theory. Learning features found throughout the text include case studies and end-of-chapter summaries that help to reinforce essential concepts.

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Ida Jean Orlando - Norma Jean Schmieding; Lois A. Haggerty (Foreword by)
Call Number: Call Number: WY 100 S354i 1993
ISBN: 0803949073
Publication Date: 1993-10-05
Ida Jean Orlando, one of the leading nurse theorists, sees nursing as the means of providing direct assistance to individuals to avoid, relieve, diminish or cure a person's sense of helpnessness. She also focuses on communication within the nurse-client relationship and identifies the validation process as essential to effective nursing care.

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Paterson and Zderad - Nancy O'Connor
Call Number: WY86 O18p1993
ISBN: 9780803944893
Publication Date: 1992-11-20
Nursing is placed within a humanistic framework in Paterson and Zderad's theory, which defines nursing as a nurturing response aimed at well-being. Three constructs of nursing, which describe the why and how of nursing practice, are identified: `comfort', `clinical' and `all-at-once'. In this volume, O'Connor explores the origin of the theory and its underlying assumptions. She also examines the major concepts of the metaparadigm of nursing, including the nursing process.

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Martha Rogers - Louette R. Johnson Lutjens
Call Number: WY 86 L973m 1991
ISBN: 0803945787
Publication Date: 1991-09-17
The first volume in the series presents the nursing theory of Martha Rogers, together with examples of its applications to practice and research. Rogers envisions nursing as a compassionate concern for maintaining and promoting health, preventing illness, and caring for and rehabilitating the sick. Her theory, the Science of Unitary Human Beings, with its high respect for the individual, has identified the phenomenon that is the true object of nursing, the person as a unified whole.

Madeleine Leininger - Cheryl L. Reynolds; Madeleine Leininger
Call Number: WY 101 R462m 1993
ISBN: 0803950985
Publication Date: 1993-10-15
Leininger's theory defines care as the essence and dominant domain of nursing, and is unique in suggesting that patient need and the resulting intervention should be determined by culture and lifestyle. This book presents a brief biography of the theorist as well as an extensive overview of the theory, including examples of its practical applications.

Margaret Newman - Joanne Marchione
Call Number: WY 86 M317m 1993
ISBN: 0803947968
Publication Date: 1992-12-22
Margaret Newman is one of the pre-eminent nursing theorists whose qualitative theories and methods have expanded the scientific base for the field. Her theory defines health as the unfolding or expanding of consciousness and nursing as an integrative force that focuses on the wholeness of the person. This volume offers a clear guide to applying theory to practice with individual, family and community health. Marchione's work reflects several years of experimentation and application of Newman's theory.

Rosemarie Parse - Sheila Bunting
Call Number: WY 86 B942r 1993
ISBN: 080394795X
Publication Date: 1992-12-09
In contrast to the medical science paradigm, Rosemarie Parse's work is based on phenomenology and is of special interest to nurses and students engaged in qualitative research. Her Health as Human Becoming Theory, which forms a base for holistic nursing, defines humans as synergistic beings and nursing as a method of promoting the quality of life as perceived by the individual. The author of this practical and very readable book presents Parse's theory in such a way that both practitioners and trainees can learn how to incorporate qualitative methods and theories into their theoretical nursing base.

Virginia Avenel Henderson : signature for nursing
Call Number: WZ 100 H497h 1998
ISBN: 0323002498


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