Fundamentals of Nursing Models, Theories and Practice, 2nd Edition

Contributor: Jacqueline Fawcett
February 9, 2019

Authors – Hugh P. McKenna, CBE, PhD, BSc(Hons), RNM, RGN, RNT, DipN(Lond), AdvDipEd, FFN, FRCSI,  FEANS, FRCN, FAAN;
Majda  Pajnkihar, PhD, RN, FAAN;
Fiona A. Murphy, PhD, MSc, BN, RGN, NDN, RCNT, PGCE(FE)

  • The case for nursing theory
  • Knowing in nursing and nursing knowledge
  • Theory from practice and practice from theory
  • Nursing theories and new nursing roles
  • Nursing theories or nursing models
  • Interpersonal relationships: The essence of nursing models and theories
  • How to select a suitable model or theory
  • Research and theory: Some relationships
  • Criteria for theory description, analysis and evaluation

This second edition of the book “takes the reader on a journey from presenting the case for the use of theory in nursing practice through to considering the extent to which practice influences the development of theory, the definitions of theory and the different types of theory” (McKenna, Pajnkihar, & Murphy, 2014, p. x)

Book Editions

McKenna, H., Pajnkihar, M., & Murphy, F. (2014). Fundamentals of Nursing Models, Theories and Practice (2nd ed.). John Wiley & Sons.

Slovenian Translation – McKenna, H.P. Pajnkihar, M. Murphy, F. (2018) Modelov, Teorij in prakse Zdravstvene nege. Wiley, Blackwell, Oxford.

McKenna, H.P.,  Slevin, O.D. (2008). Vital Notes for Nurses: Nursing Models, Theories and Practice. Blackwell, London.

Related titles

Cutciffe, J.R. McKenna, H.P. Hyrkas, K. Barker, PJ. (2011). Modelos de enfermería: Aplicación a la práctica. El Manual Moderno

Cutciffe, J.R. McKenna, H.P. Hyrkas, K. (2009). Nursing Models: Application to Practice, Quaybooks, London.

Cutciffe, J.R. McKenna, H.P. (2008) Essential Concepts in Nursing, Elsevier, London (Japanese Edition)..

McKenna, H.P. Slevin, O.D. (2008). Vital Notes for Nurses: Nursing Models, Theories and Practice. Blackwell, London.

Cutcliffe, J.R. McKenna, H.P. (2005). Essential Concepts in Nursing, Where Do We Go From Here? Elsevier, London. Pages 349

McKenna, H.P. (1999). Nursing models and theories. (Danish Edition)

McKenna, H.P. (1997) Nursing models and theories. London, Routledge.

McKenna, H.P. (1996) Approaches to Care: Frameworks for Practice. South Bank University Distance Learning Centre London, Ashfield Press

McKenna, H.P. (1994) Evaluation of Nursing Theories in a long stay psychiatric ward. Aldershot: Avebury Press.


Hugh P. McKenna

Professor Hugh McKenna – Dean of Medical School Development. (Photo: Nigel McDowell/Ulster University)

Dr, McKenna is a prolific scholar who is known globally for his publications and other work. He is a professor and Dean of Medical School Development. His former position was as Pro Vice Chancellor, Research and Innovation, at the University of Ulster, UK. “Prior to that, for seven years, he was Dean of the Faculty of Life and Health Sciences and before that he spent five years as Head of School of Health Sciences. He has over 250 publications including 11 books, over £4 million in grants and has supervised 16 PhD students to successful completion.
His published work has been cited over 10,000 times and has a H-Index of 40.” (Retrieved from

Majda  Pajnkihar

Majda  Pajnkihar

Dr.. Pajnkihar is Dean, Senior Research Fellow, and Head of Institute of Nursing Care, in the Faculty of Health Sciences, Department of Nursing, University of Maribor, in Slovenia. (Retrieved from

Fiona A. Murphy

Fiona Murphy

Fiona trained as a nurse, health visitor and district nurse at Manchester University in the UK. She has held positions as staff nurse and Sister predominantly in surgical nursing before training as a clinical teacher in surgical nursing and obtaining further teaching qualifications.

Fiona has worked in England, Scotland, the United States and Wales in a variety of practice and educational settings. Latterly she has worked in higher education in Wales at Swansea University obtaining a Masters and PhD focusing on nursing and women’s health with a special interest in early pregnancy loss.

She has had extensive experience educating nurses and other healthcare professionals and has a strong focus on research including PhD supervision and research leadership which included developing a strategy for nursing research for one of the Welsh health boards. She has a strong interest in supporting practising nurses to research their own practice and sees this role as an opportunity to work with nurses and midwives to identify questions that come from their practice, working with them to develop these into research projects and supporting them through the process. (Retrieved from