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Ida Jean Orlando-Pelletier’s Nursing Theory

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NURS 300 – Assignment: Term Paper
An exposition of Ida Jean Orlando-Pelletier’s Nursing Theory December 8, 2010
Jason J. Harrison, RN
St. Joseph’s College
NURS 300 – Assignment: Term Paper
An exposition of Ida Jean Orlando-Pelletier’s Nursing Theory December 8, 2010
Jason J. Harrison, RN
St. Joseph’s College

Ida Jean Orlando (Pelletier), a theorist renowned in the field of nursing theory, was born in New Jersey in 1926 to Italian immigrant parents. After being reared during the Great Depression, Orlando’s mother disagreed with her decision to pursue an education in nursing and expressed her preference that she become a home maker. (The Nurse Theorists: Portraits of Excellence). Mrs. Orlando received her nursing diploma from New York Medical College in 1947. Prior to her next degree, she worked in the maternity ward of a now-defunct hospital where she witnessed poor treatment of the patients causing her to leave and begin work at Maimonides Hospital in Brooklyn. Continuing her education during this time, she received her B.S. in Public Heath from St. John’s University in 1951 followed by her M.A. in Mental Health from Columbia University in 1954. Up until this time, Orlando had worked in various specialties of nursing, including Medical-surgical, Obstetrics and the Emergency Ward. Immediately upon completion of her education at Columbia, she went on to work for Yale University, first as an associate professor at the nursing school, then as Director the Graduate program in Mental Health & Psychiatric Nursing. In the same year, she became principle investigator and a research associate of a federally funded project titled Integration of Mental Health Concepts in a Basic Curriculum that lasted 7 years. She later served as Clinical Nursing Consultant in Mental Health at McLean Hospital, Mass. from 1962-1972. Afterwards, she then became a nurse educator at Metropolitan States Hospital, also in Mass., in 1981. She was then promoted to Assistant...

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