Dorothy Orem's Theory Term Paper by Peter Pen

Dorothy Orem's Theory
This paper examines Dorothy Orem's self-care deficit nursing theory.
# 106099 | 1,193 words | 4 sources | APA | 2008
Published on Jul 25, 2008 in Medical and Health (Nursing)

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The paper explains Dorothy Orem's self-care theory that nurses are needed to supply care when the patients are unable to provide this same care for themselves. The paper describes, analyzes and evaluates this theory and concludes that Orem's theory leads to improved communication, enhances uniformity in care delivery and provides a common ground for goals and outcomes of nursing.

Theory Description
Theory Analysis
Theory Evaluation

From the Paper:

"Nursing models are used to encompass a body of knowledge that guides nursing practice, like the medicine woman of a tribe. The knowledge is obtained from several different sources being from experiments, a formal source, or a non-nursing source. Theories are often difficult to pin point because nursing is vastly different for different people. However, all nursing models aid to assess a patient's basic needs and formulating effective care. There are several nursing theory models, most having evolved in the last 20 years, one being founded by Dorothea Elizabeth Orem. Orem was a nursing theorist from Maryland who founded the Orem model of nursing or Self Care Deficit Nursing Theory."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • McEwen, M. & Wills, E. M. (2007). Theoretical basis for nursing (2nd ed.). Philadelphia:Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
  • Orem, D. (2001). Nursing Concepts of Practice. St. Louis: Mosby.
  • Renpenning, K. & Talyor, S. (2003). Self-Care Theory in Nursing: Selected Papers of DorotheaOrem. Portland : Springer Pulishing Company.
  • Shelly, J.A. & Miller, A. B. (2006) Called to care: a Christian worldview for nursing (2nded.).Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic InterVarsity Press.

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