education, nursing framework, nursing theory, Oral Roberts University, Tomine Tjelta, whole-person care



  1. Swanson, Cheryl
  2. Thompson, Audrey
  3. Valentz, Rachael
  4. Doerner, Laurie
  5. Jezek, Kenda


ABSTRACT: Though unpublished in peer-reviewed literature for more than 40 years, the Theory of Nursing for the Whole Person has been, and remains, a highly useful framework for nursing practice, education, and research. Used by the College of Nursing at Oral Roberts University, the theory was developed by the founding dean, I. Tomine Tjelta. Founded on a Christian worldview, the theory is built on the basic nursing paradigm concepts, yet functions as a distinctly scriptural framework. The theory's five conceptual triads describe how nursing addresses the whole-person health-illness continuum for individuals, families, and communities.