Dorothea Orem's Self-Care Deficit Theory of Nursing Case Study by Peter Pen

Dorothea Orem's Self-Care Deficit Theory of Nursing
A look at the benefit, barriers and challenges of Dorothea Orem's self-care deficit theory of nursing as applied to the author's workplace.
# 106572 | 2,868 words | 10 sources | APA | 2008
Published on Aug 10, 2008 in Medical and Health (Nursing)

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In this paper, the author discusses the purpose and rationale for using Dorothea Orem's self-care deficit theory of nursing (S-CDTN) in her women's health practice and the development of a plan to implement the self-care deficit theory in the author's workplace. The author also discusses possible barriers and challenges to implementation, presents evaluation criteria and critique of S-CDTN, and provides examples of S-CDTN relevant to the author's workplace.

Theory Overview
Rational for Selecting Theory
Barriers and Challenges to Implementing Orem's Theory
Evaluation Criteria and Results
Theory Critique

From the Paper:

"Dorothea Orem, first published in 1971, developed her nursing theory independent of the medical model focusing on the autonomy of nursing practice and provided a link of relevant nursing knowledge to the requisites of clients needing health-related care (Koenig Blais, Hayes, Kozier, & Erb, 2002, chap. 6). The self-care deficit theory "expresses and develops the reasons why persons require nursing care" (Dennis, 1997, p. 11). The core of this theory and the first of the three theory components is self-care/dependent care. Her self-care theory focused on the recipient of nursing care versus the nurse provider. Self-care encompasses learned activities natural to all adults as they respond to internal and external (environment) input. Dependent care is actions the individual performs on behalf of children or adults due to health deviations or developmental age (Dennis, 1997, chap. 2). "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Chinn, P. L., & Kramer, M. K. (2004). Integrated knowledge development in nursing (6th ed.). St Louis, MO: Mosby.
  • Cody, W. K. (2003, July). Nursing theory as a guide to practice. Nursing Science Quarterly, 16, 225-231.
  • Dennis, C. M. (1997). Self-care deficit theory of nursing: Concepts and applications (1 ed.). St Louis, MO: Mosby.
  • Hart, M. A. (1995, fall). Orem's self-care deficit theory: Research with pregnant women. Nursing Science Quarterly, 8(3), 120=126.
  • Hartweg, D. L. (1991). Dorothea orem: Self-care deficit theory. Newbury Park, CA: Sage.

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