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Sarah E. Allison Foundation Funds Johns Hopkins Nursing Orem Collection


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Posted: 5/30/2006

The Dorothea Orem Collection, the personal papers of a leader in nursing theory and research, will now be maintained and funded through a grant from the Sarah E. Allison Foundation. 

The grant, made to the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing (JHUSON), will support the processing and maintenance of the collection which Dorothea Orem deposited in 2005 with the Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives, the official JHUSON archival repository.   The Collection will be made available for research following an in-depth processing and organization. 

Orem, a native of Baltimore and current resident of Savannah, GA, is best known for her theories and the development of scientific knowledge in the field of nursing.  She began her work in 1949 and created the self-care deficit theory of nursing; the theory that is today considered the basis for the advancement of both nursing knowledge and nursing as a profession. 

The Sarah E. Allison Foundation of Jackson, MS is a small private foundation established in December 2000 for the purpose of promoting and supporting the continuing development and formalization of the practical science of nursing based on Dorothea E. Orem’s theories.  Dr. Allison, the founder of the foundation, is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins Hospital (JHH) School of Nursing Class of 1953 and received her BS in nursing from Hopkins in 1959. Allison founded the JHH Center for Experimentation and Development in Nursing, the first organizational unit in a department of nursing devoted to the development of nursing practice based on a theoretical nursing framework and the first to deliberatively use Orem’s conceptualizations about nursing as the basis for developing nursing practice in a variety of health care situations.