Imogene King

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Imogene King
Born January 30, 1923
West Point, Iowa
Died December 24, 2007
St. Petersburg, Florida[1]
Nationality United States
Fields nursing
Known for nursing theory

Imogene King (January 30, 1923 – December 24, 2007) was a pioneer of nursing theory development. Her interacting systems theory of nursing and her theory of goal attainment have been included in every major nursing theory text. These theories are taught to thousands of nursing students, form the basis of nursing education programs, and are implemented in a variety of service settings.[citation needed]


King's educational achievements began with a nursing diploma in 1945. She attended St. Louis University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1948 and a Master of Science in Nursing in 1957. She subsequently earned a Doctor of Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.[2]

Academic appointments[edit]

King was on the faculty at Loyola University from 1961-1966 and 1972-1980. She directed the nursing program at Ohio State University between 1968 and 1972. She taught at University of South Florida from 1980 to 1990.[3]

Awards and honors[edit]


  • King, Imogene (1981). A Theory for Nursing: Systems, Concepts, Process. J. Wiley. ISBN 047107795X. 

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Alligood, Martha Raile, and Ann Marriner-Tomey. "Modelos y Teorías en Enfermería". Madrid: Harcourt Brace, 1999, ISBN 978-84-8174-348-7.
  2. ^ "Bio: Imogene King". King International Nursing Group. Retrieved June 21, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Obituary: Imogene M. King". Tampa Bay Times. December 28, 2007. Retrieved June 21, 2012. 
  4. ^ "ANA Hall of Fame". American Nurses Association. Retrieved June 21, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Living Legends - Complete List". American Academy of Nursing. Archived from the original on April 12, 2012. Retrieved June 21, 2012. 
  6. ^ Love, K (2014). "A mid-range theory of Empowered Holistic Nursing Education: A pedagogy for a student-centered classroom". Creative Nursing. 20 (1): 47–58. 

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