Nursing Models, Theories & Ethics

Keywords & Search Terms

Not sure what to type in the search box? Try these keywords and phrases:

  • nursing models and theory:
    • Duffy's Quality Caring in Nursing
    • Watson's Theory of Caring
    • King's Theory of Goal Attainment
    • Relationship-Based Care
  • nursing ethics
  • medical ethics
  • bioethics
  • nursing process
  • autonomy
  • dignity
  • integrity
  • empathy and compassion
  • decision-making
  • human caring
  • nurse-patient relationship
  • patient-centered care
  • nursing values
  • professional ethics
  • evidence-based nursing
  • caring science
  • holistic care
  • nursing practice

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Search Tips & Strategies

Scholarly articles can be found in the LibSearch catalogue on the library website or the library's databases

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  • NEVER type more the 1-2 terms in a search box. Go to the Advanced Search page to separate keywords into multiple boxes.
  • If you are not finding what you need, try to change or add keywords.
  • Use limiters on the left-hand or right-hand side of the screen to refine results.
  • Choose a field from the drop-down menu next to the search box to narrow results. 
  • Use Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) and truncation (*) to expand and narrow results. 

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