Comparison of two theorists on care: Orem and Leininger


  • Janet N. Rosenbaum RN MSN

    Associate Professor and Director
    1. University of Windsor, School of Nursing, 401 Sunset Avenue, Windsor, Ontario, N9B 3P4. Canada, and PhD Student in Nursing, Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA
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Dorothea Orem and Madeleine Leininger are two nursing scholars who are contributing significantly to the body of nursing knowledge. This paper contrasts their backgrounds, the origins of their theories, their views of the nature of nursing, use of theory deveiopment strategies, and contributions to nursing science. The concepts of Leininger's care and Orem's self-care will be compared as these relate to their theories with the examination of similarities and differences.