Getting Started

Within this guide, you'll find a collection of resources related to different nursing theorists and theories. While we in the library understand that your assignments may require to use sources published within the last five years, items included on this page may be older. This is for a number of reasons:

  1. Titles such as Nursing Theorists and Their Work have been around a long time. Some entries have been updated since the first edition was published. Others have not and the content remains the same from year to year, such as the primary source materials.
  2. Your theorist may not be writing anymore. Their original writings will not have come from within the last five years but are nonetheless valuable resources for your research. We can always find current research related to those theories in practice.

Please keep these notions in mind as you research your theorist.

If you have questions about any resources mentioned in this guide or any questions regarding your research, please contact a Librarian

Index of Theorists

Click name of theorist to jump to relevant section:

Abdellah, Faye G.
Patient-Centered Approaches to Nursing
American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)
The Synergy Model
Artinian, Barbara
Intersystem Model
Beck, Cheryl
Postpartum Depression Theory (Middle Range Theory of Traumatic Childbirth)
Benner, Patricia
Model of Skill Acquisition (Novice to Expert Model)
Eakes, Burke, & Hainsworth
Theory of Chronic Sorrow
Erickson, Tomlin, & Swain
Modeling and Role-Modeling
Henderson, Virginia
Principles and Practice of Nursing (Nature of Nursing)
Johnson, Dorothy
Behavioral System Model
King, Imogene
King’s Conceptual System and Theory of Goal Attainment
Kolcaba, Katharine
Theory of Comfort
Leininger, Madeleine
Theory of Culture Care Diversity and Universality
Lenz, Elizabeth R. & Colleagues
Theory of Unpleasant Symptoms
Meleis, Afaf Ibrahim
Transitions Theory
Mercer, Ramona
Maternal Role Attainment
Mishel, Merle
Uncertainty in Illness Theory
Nightingale, Florence
Notes on Nursing (Environmental Theory)
Neuman, Betty
Neuman Systems Model
Newman, Margaret
Theory of Health as Expanding Consciousness
Orem, Dorothea
Self-Care Deficit Theory
Parse, Rosemarie
Theory of Human Becoming
Pender, Nola
Health Promotion Model
Reed, Pamela G.
Self-Transcendence Theory
Rogers, Martha
Science of Unitary Human Beings
Roy, Callista
Roy Adaptation Model
Watson, Jean
Theory of Human Caring

Web Resources