The use of an mtegrative nursing theoretical framework for both clinical and administrative practice has recently been suggested The author developed a theoretical framework which incorporates key concepts from the writings of Ida J Orlando and Virginia Henderson and proposes it to be used as an integrative framework The rationale for using a framework is discussed along with clinical and administrative examples of how to integrate concepts from the proposed framework The reasons for using an integrative theoretical framework are that it serves as a guide for both clinical and administrative decisions, forms the basis of the nursing philosophy, facilitates communication with patients and colleagues, helps identify congruent supporting theories and concepts, provides a basis for educational programmes, helps to differentiate nursing from non-nursing activities, and enhances nurse unity and self-esteem The premise of the article is that benefits are derived from the use of a nursing theoretical framework because it provides a specific vision of nursing