The Language of Nursing Theory and Metatheory.

Imogene M. King, RN, EdD, FAAN and Jacqueline Fawcett, RN, PhD, ScD (hon), FAAN, ANEF

Year First Published – 1997
Major Concepts

Nursing theory
Nursing metatheory
Definitions–metaparadigm, philosophy, conceptual model, theory, research

Brief Description 

Discussions of the language used to describe nursing knowledge by Jacqueline Fawcett, Joyce J. Fitzpatrick, Hesook Suzie Kim, Imogene M. King, Maeona K. Kramer, Afaf Ibrahim Meleis, Patricia Munhall, Rosemarie Rizzo Parse, and Mary Cipriano Silva.

Book Editions

King, I. M., & Fawcett, J. (1997). The Language of Nursing Theory and Metatheory. Indianapolis: Sigma Theta Tau.


Jacqueline Fawcett

Jacqueline Fawcett is a professor in the Department of Nursing (Nursology) at the  University of Massachusetts Boston. Although she has conducted two major programs of research during her career, one guided by Rogers’ Science of Unitary Human Beings and the other guided by Roy’s Adaptation Model, her passion is meta-theory, that is, the nature and structure of knowledge in nursing, which is the focus of this book.

Imogene King (1923 – 2007)

Dr. King received a diploma in nursing from St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing in St. Louis, MO (1945); a Bachelor of Science n Nursing Education (1948) and a Master of Science in Nursing (1957) from St. Louis University; and an EdD from Teachers College Columbia University (1961),. Dr. King worked as a staff nurse and held faculty positions and administrative positions at St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing and Ohio State University, and faculty positions at Loyola University Chicago and the University of South Florida. She also served in the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare as Assistant Chief of the Division of Nursing Research Grants Branch. (Sieloff, C. L., & Messmer, P. R. (2010). Imogene M. King. In M. R. Alligood & A. M. Tomey, Nursing theorists and their work (7th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Mosby Elsevier.)