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Dorothea Orem's Theory of Self-Care
An analysis of the concepts and structure of Dorothea Orem's self care theory of nursing.
# 152808 | 1,660 words | 5 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Apr 30, 2013 in Medical and Health (Nursing)

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The paper looks at the background of Dorothea Orem and relates how she dedicated both her work as a nursing scholar and as a nursing educator to proliferating the conceptual and practical principles of self-care. The paper explains the main concepts behind this theory, the structure of her theoretical model and the assumptions that inform her model and drive the practical aspects of the approach in the healthcare setting. The paper concludes that Orem's theoretical model would be an important foundation to modern perspectives on the evolving role of the nurse.

Relationship and Structure

From the Paper:

"The education which is required to effectively train today's nursing professional is constituted of equal parts applicable procedure and theoretical underpinning. It is the theory element of this training which offers stability, a framework for proper decision-making and guidance on deciphering the needs of the patient in an often volatile field of work. The occupation of nursing, while by no means an exact science, is nonetheless strengthened in its consistency, effectiveness and reliability by the presence of standards and principles designed to forge best-practices by which healthcare professionals can direct their efforts. Nursing theorists have as a collective sought to define models for providing care by which subsequent nurses can guide treatment philosophies and decisions. Simultaneously, they have sought to offer constructs that can improve the treatment experience and health outcome ahead of the patient. Both of these priorities underscore the groundbreaking ideas that drove Dorothea Orem's Self Care and Self-Care Deficit Theories of Nursing. In both, Orem dedicated 50 years to developing, refining and teaching the idea that the best treatment a patient can receive is the ability to treat himself. Therefore, she dedicated both her work as a nursing scholar and as a nursing educator to proliferating the conceptual and practical principles of self-care such that her ideas are widely in circulation today."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bridge, J.; Cabell, S. & Herring, B. (2005). Dorothea Orem's Self-Care Deficit Theory. Troy University.
  • Denyes, M.J.; Orem, D.E.; Bekel, G. (2001). Self-Care: A Foundational Science. Nursing Science Quarterly, 14(1), 48-54.
  • Hartweg, D.L. (1995). Dorothea Orem: Self-Care Deficit Theorie. Sage.
  • Moore, C. (2010). Dorothea Orem's Self-Care Requisites. Bella Online: The Voice of Women.
  • (2010). Dorothea Oream. Information & Resources for Nurses Worldwide.

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