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Health Subject Guide — Nurse Theories & Theorists

Research Guide for Health, including Allied Health and Nursing

Nurse Theories & Theorists

Use databases to find more information on theories or theorists.

  • CINAHL Plus with Full Text
  • PsycINFO
  • PubMed
  • Academic Search Premier
  • ERIC

When searching in databases combine the following Keywords with your specific topic:

  • Grand nursing theorists
  • Micro-range theorists
  • Mid-range theorists
  • Nursing models
  • Use the name of a specific theory or theorists

When searching CINAHL combine CINAHL Subject Terms with your specific topic:

  • Nursing Theory
  • Nursing Models, Theoretical
  • Specific nursing philosophy (i.e. Orem Self-Care Model, Newman Health Model, or Travelbee Interpersonal Therory)
  • Models, Theoretical (a broader concept that includes other theories besides nursing)