Hildegard Peplau Theory of Interpersonal Relations

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Hildegard Peplau Theory of Interpersonal Relations. Hildegard E. Peplau is renown in the nursing profession and other health disciplines and his name is synonymous with interpersonal relationship in nursing. Her conceptualization and description of the process of the nurse-patient interaction is one of her major contributions. Hildegard was born September 1, 1909 in Reading to immigrant parents of German decent. She was raised in a paternalistic family and a paternalistic society. She entered the nursing profession in Pottstown Pennsylvania, where she earned the diploma in nursing. Nursing education during her era was characterized with autonomous, nursing-controlled nightingale era and schools were controlled by hospitals. Women in nursing were seen as the source of cheap or free labor. She worked in the operating room supervision as a fresh graduate, and later moved to New York, where she specialized in surgical nursing. Later, she joined the Vermont College where she headed the nursing staff and earned her baccalaureate degree in psychology. Peplau journey to become a fundamental theorist in nursing is based on her experiential learning (Grayce, 1998). Peplau describes her journey into four transforming experiences. The first is the eleven (1932-1943) years; she served as a summer camp nurse at the New York university summer camp for women physical education major. During these years, she interacted with talented academicians from leading colleges and universities such Vassar and Wiliam. During these years, she interacted with a group of illustrious women who accommodated her as a professional. The second step of her professional growth occurred when she was a nurse and a student at Bennington College. The colle... ... middle of paper ... ...tributions. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 35(3), 10. Jones, A. (1995). Utilizing Peplau's psychodynamic theory for stroke patient care. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 4(1), 49-54. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2702.1995.tb00010. Merritt, M. K., & Procter, N. (2010). Conceptualizing the functional role of the mental health consultation–liaison nurse in multi-morbidity, using Peplau's nursing theory. Contemporary Nurse: A Journal For The Australian Nursing Profession, 34(2), 158-166. doi:10.5172/conu.2010.34.2.15 Nyström, M. (2007). A patient-oriented perspective in existential issues: a theoretical argument for applying Peplau's interpersonal relation model in healthcare science and practice. Scandinavian Journal Of Caring Sciences, 21(2), 282-288. doi:10.1111/j.1471-6712.2007.00467. Ruth E, Katie E & Debra (2009). Psychiatric and mental health nursing. Elsevier.
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