Self-Care Science, Nursing Theory and Evidence-Based Practice

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Self-Care Science, Nursing Theory and Evidence-Based Practice

SKU# 9780826107787

Author: Susan Gebhardt Taylor MSN, PhD, FAAN, Katherine Renpenning MScN


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This is an excellent review of the development of self-care deficit theory and the use of self-care in nursing practice. Explanations of the various theories and theory terms are well done and written at a level that novice theorists can relate to. The authors demonstrate how self-care science can be fiscally and effectively applied to the care of patients/clients."--Doody's Medical Reviews

Dorothea Orem's Self-Care Theory has been used as a foundation for nursing practice in healthcare institutions and as the basis of curricula in nursing schools for decades. This book explores the high-level theory of the application of Orem's Self-Care Theory, and how it can improve patient outcomes as well as cost-effectiveness of nursing care delivery. Written for nursing theorists, researchers, administrators, and graduate students, the text addresses the relationship of self-care theory and evidence-based care in nursing, and provides a solution to improving contemporary healthcare outcomes.

The book is divided into three sections. Section one discusses the reason for the existence of the nursing profession, and identifies the performance of self-care. Section two covers three nursing practice sciences-wholly compensatory nursing, partly compensatory nursing, and supportive educative nursing. Section three offer suggestions on how health care organizations can incorporate this broadened perspective of what constitutes evidence based practice and on-going research methodology into every-day delivery of nursing services.

Key Features:

  • Includes case examples to illustrate the application of theory to nursing practice
  • Provides a current, cost-effective resource for implementing Orem's Self-Care Deficit Theory for effective evidence-based practice
  • Builds the link between the application of Orem's Self Care Theory and improved patient and fiscal healthcare outcomes

Product Details 

  • Publication Date May 20, 2011
  • Page Count 256
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826107787
  • EISBN 9780826107794

Table of Contents 

Section I The Science of Self-care


Ch 1 - The Proper Object of Nursing and a Theory of Nursing Practice

Ch 2 - The Requirement for Health Related Self-Care

Ch 3 - The Power to Perform Self-Care

Ch 4 - Health Associated Self-Care Deficits & Human Assistance

Ch 5 - Caring for a Socially Dependent Person: The Concept of Dependent Care

Section II Nursing Practice Sciences
Introduction: The What & Why of Nursing Practice Sciences

Ch 6 - Wholly Compensatory Nursing Science

Ch 7 - Partly Compensatory Nursing Science

Ch 8 - Supportive Developmental Nursing Science

Section III Integrating the Sciences of Self-Care, Nursing Practice, and Evidence Based Practice Science informs practice but practice requires development, validation in the real world of patient/client care and diffusion of innovations

Ch 9 - Evidence Based Nursing Practice

Chapter 10 Nursing science, Education and Evidence Based Practice: Developing a vision of nursing practice