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Theory of Nursing for the Whole Person

A Distinctly Scriptural Framework

Swanson, Cheryl; Thompson, Audrey; Valentz, Rachael; Doerner, Laurie; Jezek, Kenda

doi: 10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000656
Feature: education/practice

ABSTRACT Though unpublished in peer-reviewed literature for more than 40 years, the Theory of Nursing for the Whole Person has been, and remains, a highly useful framework for nursing practice, education, and research. Used by the College of Nursing at Oral Roberts University, the theory was developed by the founding dean, I. Tomine Tjelta. Founded on a Christian worldview, the theory is built on the basic nursing paradigm concepts, yet functions as a distinctly scriptural framework. The theory's five conceptual triads describe how nursing addresses the whole-person health-illness continuum for individuals, families, and communities.

Cheryl Swanson, PhD, RN, is an associate professor at Oral Roberts University, Anna Vaughn College of Nursing (AVCON), Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Audrey Thompson, PhD, RN, is an associate professor at Oral Roberts University, AVCON.

Rachael Valentz, MSN, RN, is an instructor at and graduate of ORU AVCON, and has 14 years of critical care experience.

Laurie Doerner, MSN, RN, is a vascular access nurse at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She is a former assistant professor at ORU AVCON.

Kenda Jezek, PhD, RN, is Dean of the Anna Vaughn College of Nursing, Oral Roberts University.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Accepted by peer-review 4/5/2019.

© 2019 by InterVarsity Christian Fellowship