Henderson's Needs Theory Research Paper

Henderson's Needs Theory
An analysis of Virginia Henderson's needs theory and its application in family nursing.
# 118878 | 1,702 words | 10 sources | APA | 2009 | US
Published on Mar 10, 2010 in Medical and Health (Nursing)

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The paper explains the four major concepts of Virginia Henderson's needs theory and its assumptions about family and nursing. The paper further explains the rationale for using Henderson's theoretical framework and examines how this theory is used for family assessment. The paper then shows how this theory is applicable to advanced practice nursing and assesses the strengths and weaknesses of the theory in family nursing practice. Finally, the paper overviews a research article and considers the theory's potential research applications.

Major Concepts of Henderson's Theory
Assumptions About Family and Nursing
Rationale for Selection of Henderson's Theory
Critique of Framework of Henderson's Theory
Strengths and Weaknesses in Family Nursing Practice
Research Article Applying Henderson's Theory
Future Research Ideas

From the Paper:

"Known as a legend in nursing, Virginia Henderson has been compared to Florence Nightingale and considered the foremost nurse of her time. Her knowledge and theories span the country and internationally. Her theory of nursing brought about the idea that the nurse is a patient educator and she believed in seeing the patient as a whole person, as opposed to separate components, in order to deliver proper care.
"Virginia Henderson defined nursing's focus as being able to assist the individual, sick or well, in attaining or maintaining health. The nurse is intended to respect the choices of patients and provide care when they are ill and cannot perform the function themselves. The main goal of the nurse is to empower the receiver and help the receiver to achieve mutual sharing of knowledge, strength, and personal and collective will. The nurse becomes a 'partner' with the patient to care for that person."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Abrams, S. E. (2007). Nursing the community, a look back at the 1984 dialogue between Virginia A. Henderson and Sherry L. Shamansky. Public Health Nursing, 24(4), 382-386.
  • Current Nursing (2008). Virginia Henderson's Need Theory. Retrieved May 19, 2009, from http://currentnursing.com/nursing_theory/Henderson.htm
  • Nursing: research, theory, and practice, (Fowler, E., Kolobe, T., Damiano, D., Thorpe, D., andMorgan, D. (2007, November). Promotion of physicalFitness and prevention of secondary conditions for Children with cerebral palsy: section on pediatricsResearch summit proceedings. Journal of physicaltherapy, 87(11), 1495-1511.
  • Friedman, M., Bowden, V., & Jones, E. (2003). Family5th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education
  • Henderson, V. N. (1978). Principles of practice of nursing (6th ed.). New York: MacMillian

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