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NURS 324 Course Descriptions


Students will examine different theoretical frameworks and study the contributions of selected nurse theorists. Concepts of person, health, nursing and environment are explored from a variety of theoretical perspectives.

National Emergency Library - Nursing Theories



Check out the National Emergency Library collections on Nursing Theory.  Registration is required.  E-books can be borrowed for two weeks.


e-Books in EBSCO

Nursing Theory e-Books are available on EBSCOhost by selecting the Health and Medicine collection

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NURS 324 Reference Resources and Reading List

*RT 84.5

Powers, B.A., & Knapp, T.R. (2005). A dictionary of nursing theory and research. (3rd ed.). Springer.  *eBOOK on CREDO Reference and in EBSCO eBook collection,


Smith, M. C. & Parker, M. E. (2015). Nursing theories and nursing practice. (4th ed.). F.A. Davis. 978-0803-633124 HBL Reserve RT84.5 N8793 2015

Supplementary Readings

Alligood, M. R. (2013). Nursing theory: Utilization & application. (5th ed.). Elsevier. HBL RT84.5 .N94 2014

Alligood, M. R. (2018). Nursing theorists and their work. (9th ed.). Elsevier Mosby.  HBL RESERVE RT84.5 .N9 2018

Andrist, L.C. (2006). A history of nursing ideas. Jones & Bartlett.

George, J. B. (2011). Nursing theories: The base for professional nursing practice. (6th ed.). Prentice Hall. HBL RT84.5 N89 2011

Johnson, B. M. & Webber, P. B. (2015). An introduction to theory and reasoning in nursing. (4th ed.). Wolters Kluwer Health. HBL RT84.5 J637 2015

Kearney-Nunnery, R. (2016). Advancing your career: Concepts of professional nursing. (6th ed.). F.A. Davis.  HBL RT82 K39 2016

Meleis, A. I. (2018). Theoretical nursing: Development and progress. (6th ed..). Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. HBL RT84.5 M45 2018

Sitzman, K. & Eichelberger, L. W. (2017). Understanding the work of nurse theorists: A creative beginning. (3rd ed). Jones and Bartlett. HBL RT84.5  .S53 2017

Multimedia Resources and Journals


Search CINAHL for authoritative, scholarly articles on nursing theories.

Journal of Advanced Nursing

Journal of Nursing Scholarship

Journal of Theory Construction & Testing

Nursing Science Quarterly


Hilda Bowen Library has a comprehensive set of DVDs which chronicle the life and work of nurse theorists - these include: Betty Neuman, Callista Roy, Dorothea Oren, Dorothy Johnson, Florence Nightingale, Hildegarde Peplau, Ida Orlando Pelletier, Imogene King, Jean Watson, Madeleine Leininger, Margaret Newman, Martha Rogers, Reva Rubin, Rosemarie Parse and Virginia Henderson. 

Helene Fuld Health Trust. (2002). Callista Roy: Roy adaptation model of nursing. [DVD]. Athens, Ohio : Fitne, Studio Three Productions, a division of Samuel Merritt College of Nursing. RT84.5 .C255 2002 


University of San Diego. Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science. (2018). The nursing theory page.

Nursing Theory.

Understanding the work of nurse theorists. (2018).

Nursing & Allied Health Sciences Librarian / Graduate Studies and Research Liaison Librarian

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