Reclaiming the Heart of Nursing Practice

The Heart of Nursing Practice from Nightingale to the present focuses on the health of the whole person, body mind, emotion, spirit, in the context of family and community.

Nursing Theory, Research & Education Guides Nursing  Practice

Nursing & Medicine are separate autonomous and collaborative Healthcare professions.

Nursing focuses on Health of the whole person in the context of family and community.

Medicine focuses on diagnosis and treatment of disease.

The Practice of Nursing is an Art & Science relying on

Nursing Theory, Research, Education & Experience which may include specialization.

Advanced Practice Nurses (APRNs) are Certified Nurses (in a specialty), Nurse Midwives (CNM), Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) and Nurse Practitioners (NP) Nurse Practioners may also be specialized in Family Practice (FNP), Acute Care and others.


Provides educational programs, resources, networking & certification

in Holistic Nursing which includes practice in healing touch, health coaching and more.


West Virginia Chapter of the International Nurses Society on Addictions (WV-IntNSA) mission  is to promote nursing leadership, education and clinical practice in the field of addiction science through regional outreach, community engagement and clinical partnerships.

Nursing Theory


Florence Nightingale – Founded the modern nursing profession. She was a keen observer of the elements that improved healing and health and published her research observations and philosophy of nursing practice in many sources. Her foundational work is titled "Notes on Nursing." outlined her theory of Environmental Adaptation – Placing the person in the right conditions to heal

Some Additional Nursing Theories

Martha Rogers  –  The Science of Unitary Human Beings

Rosemarie Rizzo Parse  –  Theory of Human Becoming

Margaret Newman –  Health as Expanding Consciousness

Hildegard Peplau  –  Interpersonal Relationship

Betty Neuman --  Neuman's Systems Model

Jean Watson  –  Theory of Human Caring

Sister Callista Roy   –  Adaptation Model of Nursing

Imogene King  --  Theory of Goal Attainment

Dorothea Orem   –   Self-Care Deficit Theory

Madeleine Leininger --  Transcultural Nursing Model

Nursing Education

There are many levels of Nursing Education and many diverse roles in which nurses practice. These are documented in the Nursing Education Toolkit

Nursing Innovation & Leadership

Nurses have been leaders in healthcare from the beginning. Finding a need and creating solutions!