Dorothea Orem's Self-Care Deficit Nursing Theory Analysis

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Theory Evaluation of Orem’s Self-Care Deficit Nursing Theory
Self-Care Deficit Nursing Theory, Part III
Theory Evaluation Dorothea Orem’s Self-Care Deficit Nursing Theory (SCDNT) has been a part of nursing theory since publication in 1971 (Fawcett & Desanto-Madeya, 2012). During this time, it has been used as a framework for many research projects and nursing school curriculum and as a guide to nursing practice (Fawcett & Desanto-Madeya, 2012).
Is the theory congruent with current nursing standards? Dorothea Orem’s SCDNT appears to be consistent with current nursing standards. Over 400 nursing articles were noted during a literature search by Biggs (as cited in Smith & Parker, 2015). According to McEwen and Wills (2104), SCDNT has been used to formalize care for inpatients and ambulatory care, as well as in community based programs, mother-baby and community nursing.
While the use of SCDNT in current nursing practice is a strength, it bears noting that Biggs (as cited in Smith & Parker, 2015) observed an area of weakness that SCDNT has not always resulted in further development of nursing practice. Is the theory congruent with current nursing interventions or therapeutics? SCDNT is compatible with current nursing interventions, as can be seen by the number of instances these concepts have been used in nursing articles (Smith & Parker, 2015). Journal articles range from interventions from elderly patients with hypertension all the way to children with special needs
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