Many people decide to pursue a career in nursing because they want to be instrumental in helping patients get healthy. In order to do that, it's necessary to set health goals with the patient, then take steps to achieve those goals. Imogene King's Theory of Goal Attainment focuses on this process to aid nurses in the nurse-patient relationship, helping their patients meet the goals they set for their health. Biography of Imogene King
Imogene King was born on January 30, 1923 in West Point, Iowa. She received her nursing diploma from St. John's Hospital School of Nursing in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1945. In 1948, she earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from St. Louis University, and went on to complete her Master's of Science in Nursing, also from St. Louis University in 1957. She also earned her doctoral degree from Teachers College, Columbia University in 1961. She died on December 24, 2007. Career of Imogene King
Between 1966 and 1968, King worked as Assistant Chief of the Research Grants Branch of the Division of Nursing in Washington, D.C. under Dr. Jessie Scott. She was the director of the Ohio State University School of Nursing from 1968 until 1972. She was an Associate Professor from 1961 until 1966 and a Professor from 1971 until 1980 at Loyola University in Chicago. After serving as a professor at the University of South Florida's College of Nursing in Tampa, Florida from 1980 until 1990, King retired with the title Professor Emeritus.
During her career, King was an active member of the District IV Florida Nurses Association, the American Nurses Association, and Sigma Theta Tau International. She was also a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.
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