Roper-Logan-Tierney Model of Nursing

Roper-Logan-Tierney model of nursing, widely employed in the United Kingdom, is based on the research conducted by Nancy Roper in 1970. One of the key strategies used by this model is evaluating the patient’s performance in regard to 12 specific activities of living, among which are mobilizing, breathing, eating and drinking, sleeping, and undertaking personal cleansing (Holland & Jenkins, 2019). It is done to estimate how much help the patient requires while performing these activities.

The benefit of this model is that it focuses on the practical measures that can be taken in order to improve the life of a patient. It is aimed at identifying the problems, setting specific goals and achieving them (Williams, 2017). Like other nursing theories, the Roper-Logan-Tierney Model emphasizes the importance of seeking ways of gradual improvement of the patient’s condition. The system employs the nursing process, which implies using a “systematic approach to delivering nursing care” (Holland & Jenkins, 2019).

The ultimate goal of the nurse in this system is to stimulate the patient’s progress on the dependability-independence spectrum by resorting to these practical means. The approach of this system correlates with the National CLAS Standards, which emphasize that nursing should be effective and understandable (US Department of Health and Human Services, 2013). Creating a clear plan for the nurse and the patient that stresses the specific aspects of the patient’s life, which can be improved, allows the process of healing to be apprehensible for both parties.

Roper-Logan-Tierney model sets standards of a logical and practical approach to nursing, which enhances communication between the patient and the nurse. Besides, the system emphasizes that a combination of problems faced by each patient is unique and, therefore, calls for individual attitude. It should also be stressed that the model can be equally applicable to patients with different conditions and different backgrounds.


Holland, K., & Jenkins, J. (Eds.). (2019). Applying the Roper-Logan-Tierney model in practice. Elsevier Health Sciences.

US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health (2013). National standards for culturally and linguistically appropriate services in health and health care: A blueprint for advancing and sustaining CLAS policy and practice. Web.

Williams, B. C. (2017). The Roper-Logan-Tierney model of nursing. Nursing Critical Care, 12(1), 17–20. Web.