Grand Nursing Theorist

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Grand Nursing Theorist Assignment # 2 Grand Nursing Theorist Assignment # 2 Descriptive Analysis For this assignment, I chose to study grand nursing theorist Dorothy Orem and the nursing concept she introduced, the self-care deficit theory (also known as the Orem model of nursing). I chose to study Dorothy Orem because she is well known in Indiana, the state in which I reside. Orem’s grand nursing theory “was developed between 1959 and 2001…[and] is particularly used in rehabilitation and primary care settings where the patient is encouraged to be as independent as possible” (Orem & Taylor, 2011). Background of Theorist “Dorothy Orem was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1914. She received her diploma in nursing in 1934 from…show more content…
“The self-care deficit theory works toward Orem’s goal of improving the quality of nursing in general hospitals in her state. The model interrelates concepts in such a way as to create a different way of looking at a particular phenomenon. The theory is relatively simple, but generalizable to apply to a wide variety of patents. It can be used by nurses to guide and improve practice” (Dennis, 1997). Testability In testing Orem’s theory, other nurses have asked, “Is this theory compatible with standards of nursing care and nursing practice today?” Orem’s theory has been applied and tested in many clinical areas of nursing. “Nursing Care plans are created from key parts of the theory and identify patient goals and the nursing interventions to achieve those goals. Orem’s self-care deficit theory uses three systems to show how nursing care can be implemented to meet self-care needs of patients: wholly compensatory, partial compensatory, and health education” (McEwen, & Wills,2011). “Futher-more, there is supportive evidence that the theory has been used to develop nursing research and education. Orem’s model of theory is used to develop nursing curriculum in numerous universities, colleges, and schools of nursing all over the country. It has also added to nursing knowledge, has created new hypothesis in nursing through research, and Orem’s self-care theory has had numerous research studies conducted on her
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