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Maternal Role Attainment (MRA) or “Becoming a Mom” theory was developed by nurse theorist Ramona T. Mercer, PhD, RN, FAAN. It describes the process of seeing oneself in the role of mother and feeling comfortable about it. It is the process of becoming a mother throughout a woman’s life span in order to develop a strong maternal identity. Mercer's model is centered on the bond [...]
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Patricia Benner, a nursing theorist, has made significant contributions to the field of nursing, particularly with her Novice to Expert theory. She has influenced nursing in the United States and internationally as well. She is an internationally noted speaker, researcher and a published author.

Benner was born August, 1942, in Hampton, Virginia, and she was the middle child with two sisters. Her family moved to California [...]
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Early Life
On August 9, 1900, Ernestine Wiedenbach was born to an affluent family in Hamburg, Germany. The Wiedenbach family immigrated to New York in 1909 and young Ernestine’s interest in nursing began as she quietly observed the care her sickly grandmother received.

Years later when Ernestine attended the prestigious Wellesley College, her sister’s friend regaled both women with stories from medical school. Ernestine became deeply impressed [...]
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Dorothea Elizabeth Orem, a nursing theorist, was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1914. She was the younger of two daughters, and her father was a construction worker. She died in Savannah, Georgia in 2007, at the age of 92. She created the Self Care Theory.

Dorothea Orem's Education
Her nursing career began at Providence Hospital School of Nursing in Washington DC, where she received a diploma certificate [...]
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