This is a brief guide to selected sources of information on nurse
theorists and nursing theory. The first listings on this page are
databases to which the UIC Library subscribes. These can be accessed by
anyone from the Library of the Health Sciences or elsewhere on the UIC
campus. Access from other locations is limited to UIC students, faculty,
and staff who have a valid netID and password. A link to freely available
web sources is also included, as are books in the LHS collection. This is
not a comprehensive list of resources. For further assistance please ask
for help at
Information Services desk.
This link takes you to MeSH, the Medical Subject Headings
database. Search in this database with the term "Nursing
Theory" (or other related terms), to find the "official"
names MeSH uses for the subject you have in mind. Then,
switch into the
(you can also do this from within MeSH) and use
the term(s) you found to find articles. MeSH and PubMed
are available to the general public for free, but UIC
faculty, staff, and students can enter
version of PubMed
that includes links to many online full-text journals.
Both depth and accuracy are highly variable, but the
internet can be a good place to find information on
nurse theorists and nursing theory. Here are some general
sites to get you started.
ANA Hall of Fame
Many prominent nurse theorists have been inducted into the American Nurses Association Hall of Fame.
Biographies and often, pictures, are available at this site.
Clayton College and State University Department of Nursing: Nursing Theory Page
This web site is divided into sections for over 30 nurse theorists, including Boykin and
Schoenhofer, Fitzpatrick, and Hall. Each section contains at least one link to a
comprehensive web page dedicated to a theorist. Some of the links contain online
chat schedules with a nurse theorist, contact information, historical, and biographical
information. This page also contains links to online resources such as governmental and
Online forum for discussing philosophical issues in nursing.
Nursing Theory Network
Site with extensive information on theory, models, history, and resources.
Nursing Theory Page from NurseScribe
Information on nurse theorists and different health care models, with some related
external links and a study guide.
Page from Hahn School of Nursing and Science
Collaborative effort by an international group interested in developing a collection of
resources about nursing theories throughout the world.
To locate books about or by a nurse theorist use
the library's online catalog. Please see our page on
Finding Books and Other Material
for additional help.
We have a solid collection of works by and about nursing theorists. Here are some examples of
the books that we have available in our collection. The books are listed with the most current first.
Culture Care Diversity and Universality : a Worldwide Nursing Theory
edited by Madeleine M. Leininger, Marilyn R. McFarland
Jones and Bartlett, 2006
WY107 C9678 2006
Dictionary of Nursing Theory and Research
Bethel Ann Powers and Thomas R. Knapp
WY13 P888d 2006 (REFERENCE)
Philosophical and Theoretical Perspectives for Advanced Nursing
edited by William Cody
Jones and Bartlett, 2006
WY86 P569 2006
Conceptual Models of Nursing: Analysis and Application
edited by Joyce J. Fitzpatrick and Ann L. Whall
Pearson Prentice Hall, 2005
WY20.5 C744 2005 (RESERVE)
Contemporary Nursing Knowledge: Analysis and Evaluation of Nursing Models and Theories
F.A. Davis Co., 2005
WY86 F278ab 2005
Understanding the Work of Nurse Theorists: a Creative Beginning
Kathleen Sitzman and Lisa Wright Eichelberger
Jones and Bartlett, 2004
WY86 S623u 2004
Self Care Theory in Nursing
edited by Katherine McLaughlin Renpenning and Susan G. Taylor
WY86 O66s 2003
Nursing Theory: Utilization & Application
Martha Alligood and Ann Marriner-Tomey
WY86 N9758 2002
The Neuman Systems Model
Betty Neuman and Jacqueline Fawcett
Prentice Hall, 2002
WY86 N489 2002
Analysis and Evaluation of Contemporary Nursing Knowledge : Nursing Models and Theories
F.A. Davis, 2000
WY86 F278ab 2000
Perspectives on Philosophy of Science in Nursing
E. Carol Polifroni and Marylouise Welch
WY86 P4675 1999
Patterns of Rogerian Knowing
edited by Mary Madrid
WY86 P3165 1997
Perspectives on Nursing Theory
edited by Leslie H. Nicoll
WY86 P467 1997
Strategies for Theory Construction in Nursing
Lorraine Olszewsli Walker and Kay Coalson Avant
Appleton and Lange, 1995
WY86 W181s 1995
A Dictionary of Nursing Theory and Research
Bethel Ann Powers
Sage Publications, 1995
WY13 P888d 1995
Nursing Theorists and Their Work
WY86 N9738 1989
The Library of the Health Sciences-Urbana has a collection of audiotapes that feature nurse
theorists discussing their theories in their own words. To search for these tapes, please use
Limit the search to LHS Urbana, search in the "any word, any where" box with the term "nurse theor?".
You will retrieve at least 8 tapes. Some of the nurse theorists that we have on tape are Orem,
Johnson, Newman, and Roy. The tapes are shelved on the second floor through the door on the left
as you come up the stairs.
Please see the reference staff for any further questions. We are happy to help!
Last updated: Wednesday, 09-Jul-2008 15:18:56 CDT