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  1. Birk, Linda K. PhD, RN


Theory was largely considered to be the province of academia until the Magnet Recognition Program brought it into the mainstream of hospital nursing practice. The author describes how 1 hospital selected a nursing theory and philosophy, integrated the concepts across nursing services, and positively affected the hospital as a whole. Jean Watson's theory of human caring was chosen because it closely aligned with the culture of the organization. Specific implementation strategies are discussed, and outcomes of the process are described. This article will assist others engaged in similar endeavors.