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Nursing Theorist

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Dorothea Orem
(1970, 1985)
Self-Care Deficit Theory

Self-Care Deficit Theory

  • Defined Nursing: “The act of assisting others in the provision and management of self-care to maintain/improve human functioning at home level of effectiveness.”
  • Focuses on activities that adult individuals perform on their own behalf to maintain life, health and well-being.
  • Has a strong health promotion and maintenance focus.
  • Identified 3 related concepts:
    1. Self-care - activities an Individual performs independently throughout life to promote and maintain personal well-being.
    2. Health - results when self-care agency (Individual’s ability) is not adequate to meet the known self-care needs.
    3. Nursing System - nursing interventions needed when Individual is unable to perform the necessary self-care activities

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Joanna Russell Bliss
Dallas Library Center, T. Boone Pickens Institute of Health Sciences