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Imogene King: a Conceptual Framework for Nursing

by Christina L Sieloff SAGE Publications, Inc
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One of the first volumes in a new series designed to provide easily understood, brief presentations of theories of nursing proposed by many of the important nursing theorists, this booklet presents the nursing theory of Imogene King.It begins with the origin of her theory, underlying assumptions, the major concepts of the meta-paradigm of nursing, propositions of the conceptual model, and examples for application to practice and research. Based upon systems theory, King's Open School Model views the individual as a rational, social being, the envirnoment (both internal and external) as a source of stressors, and health as the dynamic life experiences of a human being. Nursing is described as a process of action, reaction, and interaction where information is shared between nurse and client in order to set mutual goals and take action to attain those goals, to help individuals maintain health so they can function in their roles. The emphasis on client participation and mutual goal setting provides an interactive framework for nurses.King's Open Systems Model has served as a guide for nursing education, research, and practice, making this booklet useful for the undergraduate nursing student needing a clear overview of her theory as well as the more advanced student and the practing nurse interested in a brief review.SERIES BLURBThe purpose of this series of monographs is to provide the reader with a concise description of conceptual frameworks and theories in nursing. It is not intended to replace the primary works of nurse theorists, but to provide direction for their use. Designed for the undergraduate student, these monographs will also be helpful guides for graduate students and faculty.Due to the complexity of existing books and chapters on nursing conceptual frameworks and theories, students often have difficulty understanding and incorporating nursing theory into their practice. The concise mongraphs of this series include a biosketch of the theorist, origin of the theory, assumptions, concepts, propositions, examples for application to practice and research, glossary of terms, and a bibliogrpahy of classic works, critiques, and research. Organization of the information in this manner will facilitate student understanding and use, thereby broadening the base of nursing science.

Foreword - Imogene M King
Biographical Sketch of the Nurse Theorist
Origin of the Conceptual Framework
Theory of Goal Attainment
Utilization of the Conceptual Framework and the Theory of Goal Attainment
Future Directions for Research