Imogene King (January 30, 1923 – December 24, 2007) was a pioneer of nursing theory development. Her interacting systems theory of nursing and her theory of goal attainment have been included in every major nursing theory text. These theories are taught to thousands of nursing students, form the basis of nursing education programs, and are implemented in a variety of service settings.
King's educational achievements began with a nursing diploma in 1945. She attended St. Louis University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1948 and a Master of Science in Nursing in 1957. She subsequently earned a Doctor of Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.
King was on the faculty at Loyola University from 1961-1966 and 1972-1980. She directed the nursing program at Ohio State University between 1968 and 1972. She taught at University of South Florida from 1980 to 1990.
Awards and honors
- 2004: Hall of Fame Inductee, American Nurses Association
- 2005: Living Legend, American Academy of Nursing
- King, Imogene (1981). A Theory for Nursing: Systems, Concepts, Process. J. Wiley. ISBN 978-0471077954.