June 22, 2011
Nursing Theorist: Imogene King
Imogene King believed that the nurse and the patient worked together to achieve, define and reach goals that they have set. This may be one of the reasons for identifying with this nursing theory very simply stated and something that I know all too well about. Imogene king developed the Goal Attainment theory Conceptual Framework. She believed that the patient and the nurse interacted as well as reacted to each other. Imogene king achieved her Diploma, Bachelors, and Masters and Doctorates in Nursing. She has practiced as a staff nurse, nurse educator, and administrator. She was born January, 30 1923 the youngest of three children. She died December 24, 2007 after succumbing to a stroke.
This theory was first introduced in the 1960’s and describes a dynamic, interpersonal relationship in which a person grows and develops to attain certain life goals.
What does it mean to be a human being? King had a philosophy which she identified from Aristotle. Aristotelian philosophy completes king’s account of the personal system by providing insight into what it is to be human. Parallels in the reasoning of transaction and Aristotelian deliberation are further evidenced within king’s work (King, 1971). Imogene King’s philosophy was her personal approach to synthesizing knowledge for nursing by using data and information available from research in nursing, related fields, and 25yrs in active practice, and teaching. Specific assumptions of her theory relating to person are as follows. King believed that individuals were spiritual beings, and had the capacity to think, know and to make choices. She believed that they also could select their courses of action. King believed that the person was an open system with transactions with the environment. She also believed that