Strengths-Based Nursing (SBN)

Strengths-Based Nursing (SBN) foundational roots are Nightingale and the McGill Model of Nursing. SBN develops, extends, and re-conceptualizes elements of the McGill Model of Nursing resulting in a more integrated, in-depth philosophical vision and pragmatic approach to family nursing. SBN is a value driven approach to guide nursing action in caring for persons and families that is founded on principles of: 1-Person/family centered care; 2- Empowerment; 3-Health promotion and healing; 4- Collaborative partnership; 5-Innate capacities for health and healing. SBN works with the person and family’s inner strengths and outer resources to maximize level of functioning and well-being to promote health and create conditions for healing.

International Institute of Strengths-Based Nursing and Health Care:  Website:

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Gottlieb, L. N. (2013). Strengths-based nursing care: Health and healing for persons and family. New York, NY: Springer. [Portugese translation under development]

Articles/Book Chapters:

Gottlieb, L. N. (2014). CE: Srengths-Based Nursing.  Strengths-Based Nursing: A holistic approach to care, grounded in eight core values. American Journal of Nursing, 114(8), 24-32. doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000453039.70629.e2

Gottlieb. L. N., & Benner, P. (November 2013). Strengths-Based Nursing: Moving beyond deficits in nursing practice and nursing education. Educating Nurses Newsletter. Retrieved from

Gottlieb, L. N., Gottlieb, B., & Shamian, J. (2012). Principles of Strengths-Based Nursing. Leadership for Strengths-Based Nursing Care: A new paradigm for nursing and healthcare for the 21st century. Journal of Nursing Leadership, 25(2), 35-46. Retrieved from

Gottlieb, L. N., & Ponzoni, N. (in press). Strengths-Based Nursing: A value driven approach to practice. In J. J. Fitzpatrick & A. L. Whall (Eds.),  Conceptual models of nursing: The international imperative (5th ed.). Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Pearson.

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