Self Care Theory in Nursing: Selected Papers of Dorothea Orem

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CHAPTER 14 Nursing Theories and Their Function as Conceptual Models for Nursing Practice and Curriculum Development

It is a privilege to speak to nurses in such numbers who are interested in nursing theories and hence in nursing science, for theories are elements of developing or developed sciences. My task is to describe for you one general theory of nursing referred to by a variety of names: Orem's Theory, the self-care theory, the self-care agency theory, the selfcare deficit theory of nursing and the NDCG (Nursing Development Conference Group) theory of nursing system. The central idea of the theory (the idea of self-care demands) was formulated and expressed by me in 1958 and has undergone considerable development since that time. The Government Printing Office, HEW Publication titled Guides for the Developing Curricula for the Education of Practical Nurses (Orem, 1959), the McGraw Hill Book Company publication Nursing: Concepts of Practice (Orem, 1971), and the Little, Brown and Company publication Concept Formalization in Nursing: Process and Product (Nursing Development Conference Group, 1973) contain the conceptual elements and principles of the theory in the various stages of development. The first book is out of print, the second two are in print and revisions of these should be available in 1979. [Ed. Note: Concept Formalization is now out of print but available

This paper was originally presented at the Nurse Education Conference in New York City in
December, 1978.

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