Nursing Theory in the Quest for the Sustainable Development Goals

William E. Rosa, Barbara M. Dossey, Mary Koithan, Mary Jo Kreitzer, Phalakshi Manjrekar, Afaf I. Meleis, Donatilla Mukamana, Marilyn A. Ray, Jean Watson

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The 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) are intended to promote a safe, healthy, and equitable world by the year 2030. Nurses are at the forefront of realizing the 2030 agenda through concerned citizenship and professional leadership. Nursing theory informs knowledge development and theory-guided practice essential for nurses working in all domains and in all nations. Although all extant nursing theories are relevant, a select few are discussed in detail to make explicit the links between theory and SDG realization. Middle-range theories are also valuable in helping to contextualize nursing practice through the lens of the SDGs. The SDGs address five themes - People, Planet, Peace, Prosperity, and Partnership - and theory remains vital to ensure nurses working in all settings are equipped to meet the needs of humanity and the world, now and in the future.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)178-182
Number of pages5
JournalNursing Science Quarterly
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1 2020

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  • SDGs
  • Sustainable Development Goals
  • United Nations
  • global health


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