Concept Analysis Of Orem's Self Care

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A Concept Analysis of Orem’s Self-Care Introduction The Self-Care Deficit Theory of Nursing impacts modern health as well as nursing more so than expected during its creation and evolution. The Institute of Medicine (IOM, 2001) demanded the need for health care to shift from acute care setting to management of disease. Consequently, today’s health care is in the midst of a paradigm shift, as it redirects its attention towards patient centered care, disease prevention and wellness promotion. The Affordable Care Act implemented regulations, enforced by financial reimbursement to ensure that hospitals have shorter lengths of stay, lower readmission rates and strategies to enhance health promotion, disease prevention and improved quality of life (Taylor, 2012). The government has placed incredible demands on the health care system as baby boomers are aging and chronic diseases are becoming more complex requiring increased use of technology and nursing support. In order to meet the legislative requirements, administrators and educators must transition to the structure and concepts provided by the Self-Care Deficit Nursing Theory, for it is in this theory, nurses are empowered to better care for the patients as they present with complex self-care needs requiring specialized assistance from highly advanced, educated nurses who prepare these patients to return home better equipped for self-care despite their chronic conditions. Definition of Concept Dorothea Orem devoted her
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