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Nurse Theorists & Nursing Theories

This guide is a resource on finding materials on prominent nurse theorists and nursing theories

Recommended Databases

When researching nursing theories at the Hoffman Family Library, we recommend that you start with the following databases:

CINAHL Search Terms

Like the catalog, the periodical databases use formal Subject Headings. Knowing these search terms for your topic will be helpful in retrieving the most relevant articles. To get you started on individual theorists and their theories, the list below contains the headings used by the CINAHL database. You can use these in either the Subject or Keyword searching.

THEORIST/THEORY                                                                              

  • PATRICIA BENNER
  • BENNER'S PROFESSIONAL ADVANCEMENT MODEL                                                         
  • VIRGINIA HENDERSON
  • HENDERSON NURSING MODEL                                                 
  • DOROTHY JOHNSON
  • JOHNSON BEHAVIORAL SYTEM MODEL                                                
  • IMOGENE KING
  • KING OPEN SYSTEMS MODEL                                                               
  • MADELEINE LEININGER
  • LEININGER'S THEORY OF CULTURE CARE DIVERSITY AND UNIVERSALITY
  • MYRA LEVINE
  • LEVINE CONSERVATION MODEL 
  • BETTY NEUMAN
  • NEUMAN SYSTEMS MODEL                                                                               
  • MARGARET NEWMAN
  • NEWMAN HEALTH MODEL                                                 
  • FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE
  • NIGHTINGALE'S NURSING THEORY                                            
  • DOROTHEA OREM
  • OREM SELF CARE MODEL                                                        
  • IDA JEAN ORLANDO
  • ORLANDO'S NURSING THEORY                                                      
  • ROSEMARIE PARSE
  • PARSE'S THEORY OF HUMAN BECOMING                                                     
  • HILDEGARD PEPLAU
  • PEPLAU INTERPERSONAL RELATIONS MODEL                                                   
  • MARTHA ROGERS
  • ROGER'S SCIENCE OF UNITARY HUMAN BEING                                                           
  • CALLISTA ROY
  • ROY ADAPTATION MODEL                                                                
  • JOYCE TRAVELBEE
  • TRAVELBEE INTERPERSONAL THEORY                                                       
  • JEAN WATSON
  • WATSON'S THEORY OF CARING