Current trends in nursing theories.


Journal Article (Review)

To explore current trends in nursing theories through an integrated literature review.The literature related to nursing theories during the past 10 years was searched through multiple databases and reviewed to determine themes reflecting current trends in nursing theories.The trends can be categorized into six themes: (a) foci on specifics; (b) coexistence of various types of theories; (c) close links to research; (d) international collaborative works; (e) integration to practice; and (f) selective evolution.We need to make our continuous efforts to link research and practice to theories, to identify specifics of our theories, to develop diverse types of theories, and to conduct international collaborative works.Our paper gives implications for future theoretical development in diverse clinical areas of nursing research and practice.

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Cited Authors

  • Im, E-O; Chang, SJ

Published Date

  • June 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 44 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 156 - 164

PubMed ID

  • 22458953

Pubmed Central ID

  • 22458953

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1547-5069

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1527-6546

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1547-5069.2012.01440.x


  • eng