Chamberlain University Library: Home

Navigate and Search the Library

Popular Points of Interest

Nursing Theory and Theorists

This guide will help students research nursing theory and theorists at the Chamberlain Library


This guide features a collection of resources related to nursing theories and theorists. Here, you will find links to library databases, videos, eBooks, and articles that cover key aspects of nursing theory research.

Nursing Theory Research

Original Publications

The easiest way to look up primary sources in nursing theory is to do a simple title search from the search box on the library homepage. If it is available, then it will be included in the list of results. 

Note! Not all original nursing theories are available digitally. We try our best to secure as many resources as we can, but some cannot be acquired.

Articles with Nursing Theory Applied

Nursing theory articles can be found through CINAHL with Full text or PubMed by using the subject headings.

CINAHL Subject Headings

1. To find subject headings in CINAHL, click on database link above, and go to CINAHL Subject Headings.

CINAHL Headings in top navigation menu of the CINAHL with Full Text database

2. In the search box, enter the following search statement.

nursing models, theoretical

CINAHL Subject Headings Search for Nursing Models, Theoretical

3. This will open a list of subject headings.  From here, click on the link for Nursing Models, Theoretical.

Nursing Models, Theoretical Link in the results of a CINAHL Subject Heading Search

4. This will open a list of models. Choose the theory/model you are looking for by checking the box next to the theory and selecting the box for Major Concept.

Add a specific theory as a major concept in the list of subject headings in a CINAHL Subject Heading Search

5. Hit Search Database in the upper right corner and you will get articles related to the particular theory that you selected.

Search Database button from the results of a CINAHL Subject Headings Search

Tip! You can also use the CINAHL Subject Headings to search directly for the name of the theorist or the name of the theory using the same techniques. Put the name of theorist or theory in the CINAHL Subject Headings search box and select the result that fits what you are looking for.

PubMed MeSH

1. To find subject headings in PubMed, click on the database link above.

2. Select the MeSH Database in the Explore section:

Screenshot of Mesh Database link in the Explore section of the PubMed Website 

3. Search in MeSH for nursing theory or nursing model.

Screenshot of a MeSH search in the the MeSH database from PubMed

4. Use the add to search builder button to add the term to the search and then click on the search PubMed to find articles.

Screenshot of the add to search builder and search PubMed buttons in a MeSH search

Footer Links

Policies and Feedback

Copyright Information