The objective of history is to establish how things come to be as they are. The thing of interest to us is the system of concepts that forms the structure of the self-care deficit theory of nursing. My purpose this morning is to talk about some of the events that occurred during the periods preceding and following the formulation and expression of the idea that led to the eventual formulation of the conceptual system. My perspective is personal. What I say is dependent upon recall and my interpretation of events and my attachment of meaning to them.
I have charted some of my experiences to serve as landmarks to which to attach events and the conditions and circumstances associated with them. During the years that I have been in nursing I have worked in three areas of endeavor. In Figure 18.1 these areas are designated by the numerals 1, 2, and 3.
Area 1: Nursing
Includes staff nursing, private duty nursing, nursing service
administration and consultation research in nursing service
Area 2: Education
Teaching biological sciences, teaching nursing, nursing educa-
tion administration, curriculum development, teaching the ad-
ministration of programs of nursing education, teaching a
This paper was originally presented at the Summer Self-Care Institute, University of Missouri-
Columbia, June 11, 1984.