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Dorothea E. Orem



Dr. Dorothea E. Orem

RN BSN, Ed. MSN, Ed.

Born: 1914, Baltimore, Maryland.
Education: Diploma (early 1930's), Providence Hospital School of Nursing, Washington, DC; BSN Ed. (1939) and MSN Ed. (1945) from the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC.
Honorary Doctorates: Doctor of Science from Georgetown University (1976) and Incarnate Word College in San Antonio, Texas (1980); Doctor of Humane Letters from Illinois Wesleyan University, Bloomington, Illinois (1988); Doctor Honoris Causae, University of Missouri-Columbia (1998).

Dr. Orem continues to be active in theory development. She completed the 6th edition of Nursing:Concepts of Practice, published by Mosby in January 2001.

  • Orem’s Self-Care Model: Self-Care Theory in the Ambulatory Setting. Ann M. Mayo. San Diego University.

  • Self-Care Deficit Nursing Theory - SCDNT - International Orem Society for Nursing Science and Scholarship web site. It is for the discussion and dissemination of information related to Orem's Self-Care Deficit Nursing Theory.

  • Self-Care Framework - The basic premise of the model is that individuals can take responsibility for their health and the health of others. In a general sense, individuals have the capacity to care for themselves or their dependents. (Information from Nursingtheory.net)

Available Publications


Nursing Concepts of Practice
Textbook presents the development of nursing theory and illustrates its relevance to nursing practice. Discusses the foundations of nursing as a field of knowledge and practice and provides an approach to 'knowing and thinking nursing.' Contains five new chapters and three revised chapters. Previous edition: c1995.
Hardcover: 542 pages
Publisher: C.V. Mosby; 6th edition (January 15, 2001)
ISBN: 032300864X


Self-Care Theory in Nursing: Selected Papers of Dorothea Orem
Text consists of selected writings from Dorothea Orem regarding nursing education, nursing science, and nursing practice. Features nature, structure, content, and relations of the nursing profession. As a pioneer in the development of nursing theory, Orem's papers are cited chronologically and provide the structure of nursing as a practical science and discipline.
Hardcover: 374 pages
Publisher: Springer Pub Co (March 1, 2003)
ISBN: 0826117252





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