Nursing is placed within a humanistic framework in Paterson and Zderad's theory, which defines nursing as a nurturing response aimed at well-being. Three constructs of nursing, which describe the why and how of nursing practice, are identified: `comfort', `clinical' and `all-at-once'.
In this volume, O'Connor explores the origin of the theory and its underlying assumptions. She also examines the major concepts of the metaparadigm of nursing, including the nursing process.
Biosketch of Nurse Theorists
Historical Development of the Model
Perspectives on Metaparadigm Elements
General Theory of Nursing
Scholarship Related to the Model
Future Direction of Humanistic Nursing Practice Theory