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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Abstract: Nursing Science Quarterly honors Sr. Callista Roy

A professor and nurse theorist best known for her pioneering work on the Roy Adaptation Model of nursing, Sr. Callista Roy pioneered the nursing strategy—which identifies a patient’s physiological and psychosocial needs and provides care that integrates the needs of the “whole person”—in the 1960s. In October, a special issue of Nursing Science Quarterly was dedicated to Roy’s work.

Today, the model is “entrenched in nursing practice, and is adaptable, demonstrating the ability to respond to the dynamic health needs of persons or groups such as families, communities, or societies,” according to Stacey Barone, an associate clinical professor who is one of three nursing scholars interviewed about the Roy Adaptation Model in the nursing journal. Barone lauded the model’s widespread adoption, and its success in improving nursing care and patient outcomes among a wide variety of patient populations, in different settings, and across cultures. “Hundreds of scholarly nursing research studies have been influenced by Roy’s work, and each has contributed knowledge to nursing science,” Barone observed.