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Sister Callista Roy



Sister Callista Roy

R.N., Ph.D. FAAN Professor/Nurse Theorist

At age 14 she began working at a large general hospital, first as a pantry girl, then as a maid, and finally as a nurse's aid. After a soul-searching process of discernment, she decided to enter the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet, of which she has been a member for more than 40 years. Her college education began in a liberal arts program, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts with a major in nursing at Mount St. Mary's College, in Los Angeles.
Dr. Roy is best known for developing and continually updating the Roy Adaptation Model as a framework for theory, practice, and research in nursing. Two recent publications that Dr. Roy considers of great significance are The Roy Adaptation Model (second edition) written with Heather Andrews (Appleton & Lange) and The Roy Adaptation Model-Based Research: Twenty-five Years of Contributions to Nursing Science being published as a research monograph by Sigma Theta Tau.

"The model provides a way of thinking about people and their environment that is useful in any setting. It helps one prioritize care and challenges the nurse to move the patient from survival to transformation." Sr. Calista Roy


Available Publications


The Roy Adaptation Model (2nd Edition)
A thoroughly revised and updated book, this definitive new edition reflects the latest advances in the popular Roy Adaptation Model, one of the most widely implemented nursing theories. Compact and consistent, this book focuses on the essentials of nursing practice and theory while integrating the conceptual framework of the Model into contemporary practice. Standardized nursing NANDA diagnoses are used consistently throughout the book. New case studies are included in all adaptive mode chapters. Undergraduate nursing students.
Paperback: 574 pages
Publisher: Prentice Hall; 2nd edition (January 15, 1999)
ISBN: 0838582486


Introduction to Nursing: An Adaptation Model
Hardcover: 580 pages
Publisher: Prentice Hall; 2nd edition (January 1, 1984)
ISBN: 0134912748


The Roy Adaptation Model in Action (Nursing Models in Action S.)
Paperback: 176 pages
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (April, 1994)
ISBN: 0333574141


Theory Construction in Nursing: An Adaption Model
Hardcover: 299 pages
Publisher: Prentice Hall (March 1, 1981)
ISBN: 0139136576


Callista Roy : An Adaptation Model (Notes on Nursing Theories)
This volume provides an easily understood presentation of Roy's Adaptation Model of nursing theory which views the person as a biopsychosocial being in constant interaction with the changing environment.
Roy believes nursing is needed when unusual stressors or weakened coping mechanisms make the person's usual attempts to cope ineffective. The goal of nursing is thus to promote the adaptation of the patient, leading to a higher level of wellness. Roy's model has been a guiding influence on numerous critical care research studies.
Paperback: 64 pages
Publisher: SAGE Publications (September 16, 1991)
ISBN: 0803942281





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