Encapsulating the work of one of the classic nursing theorists, Dorothea Orem, this booklet provides a unique, easily understood overview of Orem's theory. The origin of her theory is presented, assumptions underlying the theory expounded, and the major concepts and propositions explained. By including excellent examples and a glossary of important terms, the author helps the reader make the transition from theory to practice. Dorothea Orem will be extremely useful to undergraduate students and nursing professionals.

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“Designed to provide a concise description of the conceptual frameworks and theories in nursing which have emerged in the last quarter century. Though short and succinct, they provide a useful overall view for those studying or actively involved in nursing as well as for those interested in the profession and its development …. A highly recommended series.”

--Journal of the Institute of Health Education

“Slim, yet a wealth of information is contained within their pages. The most difficult of issues is articulated in a manner which enlightens rather than clouds understanding. King's model is notoriously difficult to explain to beginners, but Evans does so magnificently.”

--Nursing Times

Application to Practice, Education, and Research

Application to Practice, Education, and Research

Application to practice, education, and research

The varying applications of Orem's model to practice and nursing education, as well as the utilization of the model in nursing research, are described in the following pages.

Application to Nursing Practice

The application of Orem's model to practice takes many forms in the nursing literature. For example, it has been applied to patients with specific diseases, to specific age groups, and used in a variety of settings (see Table 3.1). Each article varies in its level of application. Some authors use the model as a philosophical guide to nursing practice, often citing self-care beliefs or building on Orem's definition of self-care (e.g., Fitzgerald, 1980). Others use Orem's concepts with precision and develop guides to nursing ...

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