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  • Foreword by Sister Callista Roy
  • Clear, user-friendly explanations of what nursing models are and concepts such as paradigms
  • Detailed examination of the seven most common models, their theoretical application and their use in practice and research
  • Models are accompanied by case studies and theoretical situations to illustrate learning


This title provides a comprehensive and user-friendly explanation of the major nursing models that influence nursing practices today. It focuses on in-depth applications of nursing models to many areas of nursing practice and shows how models can influence the way nurses think and act and how the patients, their families and communities can be enhanced as a result.

The book selects key nursing models and provides a detailed description and critique of each in sufficient detail and clarity for both beginners and advanced readers. It explores in-depth the theoretical application to practice of nursing models, provides clinical case studies as well as literature reviews of use of the models in practice and in research.

This book also provides a teaching instrument that is greatly needed in nursing education in both academic and clinical settings. Readers will obtain a more comprehensive view of theory-based practice by comparing how each model approaches given clinical situations in settings from the hospital to the home and community.


About the authors

John Cutcliffe is currently an Adjunct Professor at the University of Ulster (UK), and the University of Malta; most recently he held the David G. Braithwaite Endowed Professorial Chair of Nursing at the University of Texas (Tyler), USA.

Hugh McKenna is a Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Life and Health Sciences at the University of Ulster and he holds several adjunct appointments and a number of distinguished international fellowships and awards.

Kristiina Hyrkäs is Director of the Center for Nursing Research and Quality Outcomes at Maine Medical Center, Portland, Maine, USA. She is also an Adjunct Professor of Nursing at the University of Southern Maine, College of Nursing and Health Professions.




"A very valuable resource."  -  Senior Health Lecturer.


List of contents 



Foreword Callista Roy

Foreword Alison Tierney



Chapter 1 - What are nursing models and why do we need them?

Chapter 2 - Paradigms and metaparadigms

Chapter 3 - The history of nursing models

Chapter 4 - Hildegard Paplau’s Interpersonal Relations Model

Chapter 5 - Imogene King’s Conceptual System and Theory of Goal Attainment

Chapter 6 - Calista Roy’s Adaptation Model Chapter

Chapter 7 - Betty Neuman’s Systems Model Chapter

Chapter 8 - Dorothea Orem’s Self-Care Model

Chapter 9 - The Roper-Logan-Tierney Model

Chapter 10 - The Tidal Model of mental health recovery and reclamation

Chapter 11 - Critiquing nursing models in the era of evidence-informed practice