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Nurse Theorists & Nursing Theories

This guide is a resource on finding materials on prominent nurse theorists and nursing theories
Welcome to the Hoffman Family Library's Nursing Theorist and Nursing Theories Research Starter. The purpose of this guide is to assist you in finding information pertaining to a particular theorist you may choose during the course of your research. Choose your theorist by clicking on the name on the tab on the side and you will find the beginnings of your research.

All about nursing theory. Get to know the different nursing theories and nursing theorists.

Through its extensive collections, fellowships, and curricula opportunities, the Bates Center provides considerable evidence for scholars and students to question traditional disciplinary paradigms; to give voice to the historical power of nursing, and to analyze the strengths and weaknesses of local and global approaches to issues of health and illness. 

Researching Nursing Theorists or Nursing Theory

Librarian TIP:  Search using the nursing theorist's name, but also do separate searches using the name of their theory. Putting words in quotes often allows them to be searched as a phrase.

Following websites are excellent resources for nursing theory and information about nursing theorists, including Nightingale, Watson, Henderson, Peplau, Leininger, Benner and others:


To locate books owned by the Hoffman Famly Library, search the catalog: KOHAKOHA  is programmed to recognize the official Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH). These headings can sometimes be very formal and not necessarily intuitive. The following terms might help you in your searching.

  • Nursing models
  • Nursing -- Philosophy
  • Nursing Theory
  • Models, Nursing
  • Philosophy, Nursing

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