Nursing Theory

Utilization & Application


  • Martha Alligood, PhD, RN, ANEF, Professor and Director, PhD program, College of Nursing, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC, USA

Nursing Theory: Utilization & Application, 5th Edition covers the development of nursing theory; the application of different nursing theories, models and philosophies; and the expansion of these practices with a look toward the future. This text provides the opportunity for students who have learned the background of nursing theory using the companion title, Nursing Theorists and Their Work, to apply what they have learned to actual nursing practice through various patient scenarios.
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Book information

  • Published: August 2013
  • Imprint: MOSBY
  • ISBN: 978-0-323-09189-3

Table of Contents


  1. The Nature of Knowledge Needed for Nursing Practice
  2. Nursing Models: Normal Science for Nursing Practice
  3. Philosophies, Models, and Theories: Critical Thinking Structures
  4. Philosophies, Models, and Theories: Moral Obligations

    Section 1: Nursing Philosophies

  6. Nightingale’s Philosophy in Nursing Practice
  7. Watson’s Philosophy in Nursing Practice
  8. Benner’s Philosophy in Nursing Practice
  9. Section 2: Nursing Models

  10. Johnson’s Behavioral System Model in Nursing Practice
  11. King’s Conceptual System and Theory of Goal Attainment in Nursing Practice
  12. Levine’s Conservation Model in Nursing Practice
  13. Neuman’s Systems Model in Nursing Practice
  14. Orem’s Self-Care Deficit Theory in Nursing Practice
  15. Rogers’ Science of Unitary Human Beings in Nursing Practice
  16. Roy’s Adaptation Model in Nursing Practice
  17. Section 3: Nursing Theories

  18. Orlando’s Nursing Process Theory in Nursing Practice
  19. Modeling and Role-Modeling Theory in Nursing Practice
  20. Mercer’s Becoming a Mother Theory in Nursing Practice
  21. Leininger’s Theory of Culture Care Diversity and Universality in Nursing Practice
  22. Parse’s Theory of Human Becoming in Nursing Practice
  23. Newman’s Theory of Health as Expanding Consciousness in Nursing Practice

  25. Areas for Further Development of Theory-Based Nursing Practice
  26. Nursing Philosophies, Models, and Theories: A Focus on the Future