1968 -The Nature and Science of Nursing

Contributors: Peggy Chinn and Leslie Nicoll
December 30, 2018
Dates – April 4-5, 1968
Location: University of Colorado School of Nursing

The conference was part of the Nurse Scientist Program, with partial support from the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, Public Health Service Grant No. NU-98529 from the Division of Nursing.

Conference Chair and planning group

Madeleine Leininger

Madeleine Leininger, Conference Chair and Director of the Nurse Scientist Program

Program Planning group: Betty Jo Hadley, Irene Palmer, Kate Smith, Betty Mitsunaga


Approximately 75 participants from 23 Universities

Landmark Publications

Crowley, D. M. (1968). Perspectives of Pure Science. Nursing research, 17(6), 497.

Dickoff, J., James, P., & Wiedenbach, E. (1968). Theory in a Practice Discipline: Part II. Practice Oriented Research. Nursing research, 17(6), 545.

Folta, J. R. (1968). Perspectives of an Applied Scientist. Nursing research, 17(6), 502.

Leininger, M. (1968). Introductory Comments, Conference on the Nature of Science and Nursing. Nursing research, 17(6), 484–486.

Notter, L. E. (1968). Editorial: The Nature of Science and Nursing. Nursing Researh, 17(6), 483.

Schrag, C. (1968). Science and the Helping Professions. Nursing research, 17(6), 486.

Simon, H. M. (1968). Panel Discussion: The Position of the Pure and Applied Scientist. Nursing research, 17(6), 507–512.


All of these papers were reprinted in the following text:

Nicoll, L. H. (1986). Perspectives on Nursing Theory. Scott, Foresman and Company.

The text is now out of print but available in many libraries.