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Imogene King



Imogene King

Ed.D. RN

Imogene King's "General Systems Framework" theory. Developed during the mid 1960s and first published in 1971, this theory emphasizes the importance of the interaction between nurses and patients. Views this interaction as an open system which is in constant interaction with a variety of environmental factors. Points out the applicability of this theory to nursing today.

e-mail address: imkn@juno.net

  • Imogene King's Interacting Systems Theory - Application in Emergency and Rural Nursing - Leigh Ann Williams, Graduate Student Capstone College of Nursing, The University of Alabama. (Online Journal of Rural Health Nursing)

  • NU-433 Nursing Theory, Imogene King -  Imogene King completed her diploma nursing education in 1945, at St. John's Hospital in St. Louis, Mo. (MUW)

  • General Systems Framework - The central focus of King’s framework is man as a dynamic human being whose perceptions of objects, persons, and events influence his behavior, social interaction, and health (King, 1971). (Information from Nursingtheory.net)

Available Publications


A Theory for Nursing: Systems, Concepts, Process
Publisher: Delmar Thomson Learning (June 1, 1981)
ISBN: 0827342675

Imogene King : A Conceptual Framework for Nursing (Notes on Nursing Theories)
"Imogene King began developing her conceptual framework in 1961 in order to cultivate a master's program in Nursing at Loyola University in Chicago (Ackermann, Brink,..."
Nurses routinely set goals for, and frequently with, clients. And yet how often is that process examined from a nursing theory perspective?
This book provides a succinct overview of Imogene King's theory which emphasizes client participation and mutual goal-setting and provides an interactive framework for nurses. Evans describes the origin of the theory and its underlying assumptions and provides examples for application.
Paperback: 64 pages
Publisher: SAGE Publications (September 16, 1991)
ISBN: 0803940866

The Language of Nursing Theory and Metatheory
Paperback: 98 pages
Publisher: SIGMA Theta Tau International (January, 1997)
ISBN: 096563910X

Advancing King's Systems Framework and Theory of Nursing
This volume, based on the work of Imogene King, makes a significant contribution to the advancement of nursing science. It begins with a philosophical overview by King herself after which prominent international contributors describe specific implementations of King's theory. The progression of knowledge in the field nursing science is evaluated and the volume culminates with suggestions for further exploration and refinement.
Paperback: 366 pages
Publisher: SAGE Publications (April 6, 1995)
ISBN: 0803951329


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