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... Importance of Nursing Theories in Nursing Education and # Introduction While nurses have cared for the wounded and ill as a vocation since the late 1800s, it was not until the mid-1900s that nursing education and a more professional development led to a search for theories that would accommodate how nurses worked with their patients (Alligood, 2014). The education for nurses also moved into the college and university setting, allowing for greater personal development through degreed programs. Additionally, nursing theories were developed in regards to how a patient was observed and interviewed, taking in a more encompassing process of the patient’s environment, socio-economic surroundings, and...