Concept Comparison and Analysis

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Concept comparison and analysis across theories
Stacy McHenry
November, 12th, 2013
Dolores Diehl

Concept comparison and analysis across theories
Many nursing theories have been developed over the years; several of those theories have common concepts. Concepts are ideas, thoughts, and notions that begin in one’s mind (George, 2011). Caring is the core concept that will be discussed in this paper. The core concept of caring found in two common nursing theories will be discussed, compared, and analyzed. The similarities and how the theories can be applied to nursing practice. Dorthea Orem’s theory of self-care and Jean Watson’s theory of human care.
Jean Watson’s theory of human care is care that can be displayed and practiced interpersonally and caring consists of factors that result in the satisfaction of certain human needs (Current nurses, 2013). Watson’ theory is focused on the care of the mental and spiritual growth for both participants while seeking to restore the harmony within the personhood of the other (George, 2011).
Dorthea Orem’s self-care model is focusing on care steered toward patient’s taking care of him or herself. Orem identified three theories of care, self-care, self-care deficit, and nursing systems. Self-care is the practice of activities that individual initiates and performs on his or her own behalf in maintaining life, health, and well-being (Current nurses, 2013). Self-care deficit, as described by Current nurses, (2013) “…when nursing care is required when an adult (or in the case of a dependent, the parent) is incapable or limited in the provision of continuous effective self-care” (p. 1). Nursing systems is based on the needs of the patient and the amount of assistance he or she may require from the nurse. This system is broken down into three classifications, wholly compensatory, occurs when the patient

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