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Center for Nursing Philosophy

The Mission of the Center of Nursing Philosophy (CNP) is twofold:

1. To create a formal structure with the capacity and resources to engage school, university, and allied institutions’ faculty in dialogue across the philosophical spectrum

2. To lead the advancement of nursing philosophy by supporting faculty and student scholarly collaboration, publication, and dissemination

The Vision of the CNP is to be recognized as a pioneering locus for nursing philosophy throughout the world.

The CNP aligns with the mission and strategic vision for the Sue & Bill Gross School of Nursing. Philosophical and theoretical foundations in nursing are already listed as a key area of focus for the School, with existing faculty already contributing to philosophical scholarship in critical areas such as evidence-based practice, philosophy of science, and nursing metaphysics.

The CNP aims to provide a platform for increased nursing philosophy scholarship development and dissemination, as well as wider engagement with the local, national, and international philosophy community to identify new foci for inquiry and advancement.

Global Academy of Holistic Nursing (GAHN)

The Global Academy of Holistic Nursing advances excellence in holistic nursing praxes and global health care transformation. GAHN envisions Global communities that embrace praxes of holistic health, wellness, and social justice.

The Global Academy of Holistic Nursing contributes to and serves the global community by:

International Association for Human Caring (IAHC)

The International Association for Human Caring (IAHC) provides the forum for discovery and dissemination of caring science. Download the History of IAHC here (shared by permission)

Members of the IAHC believe:

The goals of the IAHC are to:

  1. Identify major philosophical, epistemological and professional dimensions of care and caring to advance the body of knowledge that constitutes nursing.
  2. Assist nursing and other disciplines to use care and caring knowledge in human relationships and to facilitate the application of this knowledge to transform organizational systems in which nurses function to become care-focused.
  3. Explicate the nature, scope, and functions of care and caring and its relationship to nursing.
  4. Identify the major components, processes and patterns of care and caring in relationship to nursing from a transcultural nursing perspective.
  5. Stimulate nurse scholars and other professionals world-wide to systematically investigate care and caring and to share findings with colleagues at an annual research conference.
  6. Disseminate knowledge through refereed publications and public forums.
  7. Maintain an organization with elected officers and paid members for the purpose of maintaining a network of scholars.

International Consortium of Parse Scholars (ICPS)

A network of nurses committed to the advancement of nursing as a unique discipline concerned with human dignity and living quality. The purpose of the ICPS is to contribute to the living quality of humankind through sciencing and living the art of humanbecoming.


  1. To provide a forum for nurses and other health professionals committed to sciencing and living the art of humanbecoming.
  2. To provide various venues for learning and discussing the humanbecoming paradigm with research, practice, education, and administration.
  3. To advance nursing science from the humanbecoming paradigm through presentations and publications.


Founding Members

International Philosophy of Nursing Society (IPONS)

The broad purpose of the Society is to bring together individuals from different countries into an international network to promote and support the growing discipline of philosophy of nursing.

The aims of IPONS are:

The Society, in association with Wiley-Blackwell, has its own scholarly journal, Nursing Philosophy which is published four times per year.

King International Nursing Group (KING)

Mission and Purposes

The mission of the KING  is to improve the quality of patient care, and to contribute to the science of nursing, through advancement of Imogene King’s Conceptual System for Nursing.  This includes the Theory of Goal Attainment as well as other theoretical formulations derived from the Framework.

 The Purposes of the KING Shall Be to:

  1. Examine the power of King’s Conceptual Systems as a basis for administration, education, practice, research and theory.
  2. Provide an educational forum to integrate King’s Conceptual System and related theories into practice.
  3. Provide an international arena through which nursing scholars can collaborate and disseminate their work.
  4. Facilitate networking between nurses interested in King’s Conceptual System and related theories.
  5. Contribute to the science of nursing through further development of King’s Conceptual System and related theories.

Publishes the KING Systems Update, which is the electronic newsletter, for members only

NANDA International Inc. (NANDA-I)

Our Purpose

Implementation of nursing diagnosis enhances every aspect of nursing practice, from garnering professional respect to assuring consistent documentation representing nurses’ professional clinical judgment, and accurate documentation to enable reimbursement. NANDA International exists to develop, refine and promote terminology that accurately reflects nurses’ clinical judgments.

Our Vision

NANDA International will be a global force for the development and use of nursing’s standardized terminology to ensure patient safety through evidence-based care, thereby improving the health care of all people.

Our Mission

To facilitate the development, refinement, dissemination and use of standardized nursing diagnostic

Neuman Systems Model, Inc. (NSM)

Mission and Purposes

The mission and purposes of the Neuman System Model Trustees Group, Inc. are to preserve, protect and maintain the integrity and relevance of the model for the global nursing community and global health care community.

Dr. Betty Neuman established the Trustees in 1988.  Each Trustee is a professional nurse from the United States, Canada or Holland who has demonstrated commitment to the development or use of the model in education, practice,  administration or research. As international interest in the model continues,  Trustees will be added from other nations.

The functions of the Trustees are to:

Newman Theory/Research/Practice Society in Japan

The Newman theory/research/practice society in Japan started as a Newman’s theory and practice study group on August 28, 2006 after 15 nurses engaged in a Newman’s Scholars’ Dialogue with Dr. Margaret Newman in Memphis. Ten years later, the group transformed into a Non-Profit Organization (NPO). The membership is currently 150 and Dr. Emiko Endo is the chair of the board of directors. Our work advances Margaret Newman’s theory of health as expanding consciousness (HEC).   See more information, with link to two videos here

Orem International Society (OIS)

International Orem Society for Nursing Science and Scholarship was
incorporated in the State of Missouri in 1991. The Society publishes Self-Care, Dependent-Care & Nursing is the official OIS Journal.  Access to the recent journal and to the journal archive is freely available here.

Roy Academia Nursology Research Center (RANRC)

 The Roy Academia Nursology Research Center aims to explore Mercy, Caring and Love through the avenues of both practice and education, which are executed across three departments: educational program development, postgraduate education, and continuing education.

Roy Adaptation Association (RAA)

The Roy Adaptation Association is a society of nursing scholars who seek to advance nursing practice by developing basic and clinical nursing knowledge based on the Roy Adaptation Model. Founded in 1991, members include: clinicians, scholars, students, researchers, and institutions, with seven international chapters. The Association publishes the Roy Adaptation Association Review. RECENTLY ANNOUNCED: The Roy Academia Nursology Research Center has been established at St. Mary’s University of Kurume, Japan. The purpose of the Center is” to explore Mercy, Caring, and Love through practice and education” (RAA Review, 22(1), 4, Fall 2018). 

Society for the Advancement of Modeling and Role-Modeling  (SAMRM)

The purpose of the Society shall be to advance the development and application of the theory, Modeling and Role-Modeling, by:

Adopted at Chartering Session, The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Michigan, April 1986.


Society of Rogerian Scholars (SRS)



The mission of the Society of Rogerian Scholars, Inc., is to advance nursing science through an emphasis on the Science of Unitary Human Beings. The focus of the Society is education, research, and practice in service to humankind.

Publishes Visions: The Journal of Rogerian Nursing Science; all issues are now online and free to all viewers

Transcultural Nursing Society (TCNS)

Focuses on Leininger’s Theory of Culture Care Diversity and Universality and other theories focused on culture.


The mission of the Transcultural Nursing Society (TCNS) is to enhance the quality of culturally congruent, competent, and equitable care that results in improved health and well being for people worldwide.

Vision:  The TCNS seeks to provide nurses and other health care professionals with the knowledge base necessary to ensure cultural competence in practice, education, research, and administration.

Philosophy/Values:  Transcultural Nursing (TCN) is a theory based humanistic discipline, designed to serve individuals, organizations, communities, and societies.  Human care/caring is defined within the context of culture.  Culturally competent care can only occur when culture care values are known and serve as the foundation for meaningful care.  Scholarship is the foundation of the discipline of TCN.  Advanced educational preparation in TCN enhances the practice of culturally competent care. Certification documents evidence of the ability to provide culturally competent care.

Watson Caring Science Institute (WCSI)

The Watson Caring Science Institute (WCSI) is an international non-profit organization created to advance the philosophies, theories and practices of Human Caring, originated by Jean Watson. The Theory and Science of Human Caring seeks to restore the profound nature of caring-healing, and bring the ethic and ethos of Love back into Healthcare. Through an extended network of professional, clinical and academic colleagues, the Institute will translate the model of Caring-Healing/Caritas into more systematic programs and services which can continue to transform healthcare, one nurse/one practitioner/one educator/one system at a time.

The Institute offers many educational opportunities and conferences.  To subscribe to the Newsletter providing details for these opportunities, go to

Goals and Objectives

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