The current emphasis on conceptual frameworks for nursing curricula has served as a stimulus for thought about the functions of the nursing and nursing-related parts of such a framework. Some ideas formulated for, and expressed over time for a variety of purposes have been selected for presentation as sets of premises and derived rules. The premises are considered as providing valid foundations for action.
A general concept (theory) of nursing is the center from which to move in curriculum design and development for baccalaureate nursing programs (BDN) and associate degree nursing programs (ADN), which are offered in the form of high-level technical education.
This paper was originally presented on April 19, 1974, location unknown.