Strengths And Weaknesses Of Nursing

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Strengths of Nursing Theories Florence Nightingale, Martha Rogers, Dorothea Orem, Joyce Travelbee, and Jean Watson have advanced the nursing profession in the areas of practice, research, and education. These nurses have contributed to the nursing profession in that they exemplified why nursing theory and evidence-based practice is important to nursing practice, research and education. Each theorist and their theories are unique in the art and science of the nursing profession. Nightingale, Rogers, Orem, Travelbee, and Watson were five of many nursing theorists that formed the profession of modern nursing into the nursing profession of today. Because each theorist and their theories are unique, their strengths, weaknesses, and applications to practice vary. Florence Nightingale’s theory was clear and easily understood. Simple, general guidelines were provided to nurses and nursing students. Three major relationships emerged: the environment to patient, nurse to environment, and nurse to patient (Alligood, 2014). Martha Roger’s theory also included an environment to patient relationship. However, her theory’s strength was rooted in the continuum of care, rather than an episodic illness (Alligood, 2014). Dorothea Orem’s theory of self-care deficit (SCDNT) has achieved a high level of acceptance by the international nursing community. Her theory language is precise and self-care deficit data can be readily categorized (Alligood, 2014). Joyce Travelbee’s
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