Nurse Scholars and Their Work

There are a number of ways to search and locate a specific author, theory, model or philosophy.  Once you access any of the galleries below, you can browse or search for specific names or terms; click on a “card” in the galley to obtain the link to the specific item you want to view.  Below the gallery links is a directory of the names of nurse scholars who have authored works contributing to the development of nursing knowledge.  We also welcome your contribution – scroll down for instructions to submit a work we have not yet included here.

Theory/Philosophy Authors Gallery

Philosophy Gallery

Models & Theories Gallery

Situation-Specific Theory Gallery

Original Unpublished Works

Directory of Nurse Theory/Philosophy Scholars

Abdellah, Faye G – Patient-Centered Nursing

Barnard, Kathryn E. – Barnard’s Child Health Assessment Interaction Theory

Barrett, Elizabeth – Theory of Power as Knowing Participation in Change

Beck, Cheryl Tatano – Middle Range Theory of Traumatic Childbirth: The Ever Widening Ripple Effect

Benner, Patricia – The Primacy of Caring

Butterfield, Patricia G. – Butterfield Upstream Model for Population (BUMP) Health Model

Campbell, Lisa – Leveraging Resources Model

Carper, Barbara A – Fundamental Patterns of Knowing in Nursing

Chinn, Peggy L –

Culver, Martha E. – Leveraging Resources Model

Curley, Martha A.Q. – The Synergy Model 

DeSanto-Madeya, Susan – Moving Beyond Dwelling in Suffering

Davidson, Judy – Facilitated Sensemaking

Duffy, Joanne R. – Quality-Caring Model©

Ellenbecker, Carol Hall – Conceptual Model of Nursing (Nursology) and Population Health

Erickson, Helen – Modeling and Role Modeling

Falk-Rafael, Adeline –

Fawcett, Jacqueline –

Foli, Karen  – Middle Range Theory of Parental Postadoption Depression

Georges, Jane – Theory of Emancipatory Compassion for Nursing

Gill, Jessica M. – Society-to-Cells Resilience Theory

Hall, Lydia – Hall’s Care, Core, Cure Theory

Henderson, Virginia – The Nature of Nursing

Im, Eun-Ok – Situation-Specific Theory

Johnson, Dorothy E. –  Johnson Behavioral System Model

Kagan, Paula – Philosophies and Practices of Emancipatory Nursing: Social Justice as Praxis

King, Imogene – King’s Conceptual System

Kolcaba, Katharine – Kolcaba’s Comfort Theory

Leininger, Madeleine – Leininger’s Theory of Culture Care Diversity and Universality

Lenz, Elizabeth R – Theory of Unpleasant Symptoms

Levine, Myra – Levine’s Conservation Model

McClanahan, Chris – Leveraging Resources Model

Meleis, Afaf Ibrahim –

Moore, Amy Kenefick – Holistic Theory of Unpleasant Symptoms

Neuman, Betty – Neuman’s Systems Model

Newman, Margaret – Newman’s Theory of Health as Expanding Consciousness 

Nightingale, Florence – Florence Nightingale’s Perspective of Nursology

Orem, Dorothea – Orem’s Self-Care Framework/Self-Care Deficit Theory of Nursing/The Self-Care Nursing Theory/A General Theory of Nursing

Orlando Pelletier, Ida Jean – Orlando’s Theory of the Deliberative Nursing Process

O’Rourke, Maria Williams – O’Rourke Role Based Practice Theory

Parse, Rosemarie Rizzo – Parse’s Theory of Humanbecoming

Paterson, Josephine – Humanistic Nursing

Pender, Nola – Health Promotion in Nursing Practice

Peplau, Hildegard – Peplau’s Theory of Interpersonal Relations

Polifroni, E. Carol –

Pugh, Linda – Theory of Unpleasant Symptoms

Ray, Marilyn (Dee) – Ray’s Theory of Bureaucratic Caring

Reed, Pamela – Self-Transcendence Theory

Rogers, Marha – Rogers’ Science of Unitary Human Beings 

Roy, Sr. Callista – Roy’s Adaptation Model

Russell, Gail – Conceptual Model of Nursing and Health Policy

Sadat-Hoseini,  Akram .  – Conceptual framework of nursing based on Islamic documents

Smith, Marlaine – Philosophies and Practices of Emancipatory Nursing: Social Justice as Praxis

Swain, Mary Ann – Modeling and Role Modeling

Szanton, Sarah L. –  Society-to-Cells Resilience Theory

Tomlin, Evelyn – Modeling and Role Modeling

Travelbee, Joyce – Interpersonal Aspects of Nursing

Turkel, Marian – Transtheoretical Evolution of Ray’s Theory of Bureaucratic Caring

Watson, (Margaret) Jean – Watson’s Theory of Human Caring

Welch, Martylouise – Perspectives on Philosophy of Science in Nursing: An Historical and Contemporary Anthology 

Whitcomb, Kathryn –Leveraging Resources Model

Wiedenbach, Ernestine – Clinical Nursing: A Helping Art

Willis, Danny, Moving Beyond Dwelling in Suffering

Wrubel, Judith – The Primacy of Caring

Zderad, Loretta – Humanistic Nursing

Contribute to this section

There are two forms to submit a new entry for this section of

  • Complete the “Author Form” first. If there is more than one author for a single theory/model, complete a separate author form for each author
  • Then complete the 2nd form for the section in which the work belongs:

Q: What happens after I submit these forms?  A: These forms provide a draft of the information we need for your work to be posted. Our management team reviews your form to affirm that the information is well-suited for,  and that we have the information we need to proceed. Then we will work with you to  develop the web content for your review. We reserve the right to edit as needed to create consistency with the purposes of Once your review is complete, we activate the information for public viewing.