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

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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

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
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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Vicki Ann Moss, DNSc, MS, BSN, RN (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: The authors state that this book is the first of its kind to describe the link between and interrelationship of self-care science, nursing theory, and evidence-based practice (EBP). They discuss how self-care theory can be used to enhance patient outcomes in a cost-effective manner.
Purpose: Their purpose is to look at the interrelationship of Orem's theory of self-care, nursing theory, and EBP through the lens of nursing practice, a method that has not been examined before.
Audience: This book is appropriate for nurse theorists, researchers, and students, and would be especially useful for health professionals interested in health-related self-care.
Features: The 10 chapters are grouped into two sections: one on self-care science and nursing theory and one on the practice sciences of the discipline of nursing. The book uses case examples to illustrate the application of the theories to practice and contains many tables and figures that explain terms and the various theories. Two appendixes present a view of nursing theory development, and a detailed self-care requisite.
Assessment: 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826107787
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/20/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 797,671
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Katherine Renpenning, MScN is President/Chief Nursing Consultant, MCL Educational Services, Inc. in Vancouver, BC, Canada. She consults nationally and internationally in relation to self-care deficit nursing theory in research, education, and practice for healthcare institutions and the British Columbia (CAN) Ministry of Health. In addition to other publications, she is co-author of Self-Care Theory in Nursing and Nursing Administration in the 21st Century: A Self -Care Theory Approach. Ms. Renpenning is President of the International Orem Society.

Susan G. Taylor, PhD, RN, FAAN, is Professor Emerita, Sinclair School of Nursing at University of Missouri-Columbia. Dr. Taylor has presented nationally and internationally on Orem's Self Care Theory. She has published extensively in relation to self-care deficit nursing theory including co-authoring "Self-Care Theory in Nursing." She is the recipient of many awards, including Alumnae of the Year from Alverno College, Missouri Tribute to Nurses Nurse Educator, Kemper Fellow for Teaching Excellence, and the MO Alumni Association Faculty Award.

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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

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