Sample Nursing Essay on Nursing Theorists and their Works

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            The chosen theory is the tidal model. Mary is a 43-year-old mother of three. She was admitted in the hospital with chronic depression and other complications. She did not understand herself and kept talking uncontrollably. From the analysis, it was clear that Mary needed mental healthcare. Instead of dealing with her as a patient from the onset, the nurses in the facility applied the theory to reduce recovery time (Alligood, 2014). It was also the first model to be applied when the patient was still at her lowest point. She was apprised of her current situation. Mary was encouraged to open up to the nurses and the counselors so that she could air her frustrations and challenges in life (Alligood, 2014).

            Tidal model helps mental patients regain their complete health (Brookes, 2006). It enables patients decide what can be done to address their predicament. The model employs recovery of the patient’s voice, and use of individual stories and language to create meaning in their lives. As the focus remains on the story of individuals, patients can identify the beginning of their problems, their development and ultimately their solutions. The model has no class or social structure and is therefore applicable to all groups of people (Brookes, 2006).

            According to Alligood (2014), tidal model is a philosophical solution to the mental health complications. The model focuses on assisting the patients to manage their personal lives during moments of mental distress. This is achieved by recovering their voice by using their own stories, languages, and metaphors. The model asserts that a person’s mental health relies on personal experiences, actions, and thoughts. By airing the personal life challenges, a patient is able to get counseling and other help for complete recovery. This theory can be applied in advanced nursing by allowing the patients to voice their challenges early. I would allow the patients to share their stories in their own language. Instead of waiting for partial recovery before assisting patients come to terms with their challenge, I would immediately allow them to understand their present situations, work it out by allowing people to counsel them and offer solutions as the patients is undergoing mental care. This model offers patients the chance to understand their situations at an early stage (Brookes, 2006). The demerits however are that the patients cannot be controlled on how they share their lives. This can be detrimental as the patients may suffer from recurring chronic depression, which may advance over time if no quick solution is found (Buchanan-Barker & Barker, 2010).


Alligood, M. R. (2014). Nursing Theorists and their Works. St. Louis, Missouri: Elsevier.

Brookes, Newton. (2006). Phil Barker: Tidal Model of Mental Health Recovery: Nursing Theorists and their Work (6th Ed.). St Louis, MI: Mosby Elsevier.

Buchanan-Barker, P. & Barker, P. (2010). “The tidal model of mental health recovery and reclamation: Application in acute care settings.” Issues Ment. Health Nurs. 31(3): 171 – 180.