Used extensively in nursing education, Betty Neuman's systems model reflects nursing‧s interest in holism and in the influence of environment on health. This volume opens with a brief biography of Betty Neuman and continues with a succinct discussion of her theory that outlines its origins, assumptions, and the major concepts of the meta-paradigm of nursing. It continues with a presentation of the propositions of the conceptual model, examples for application to practice and research, classic works, critiques and research, and a glossary of important terms. Ideally suited as a supplementary text, Betty Neuman is essential reading for the undergraduate nursing student as well as the more advanced student or nurse interested in a quick review.
Chapter 1: Origin of the Theory
Origin of the Theory
In 1970 Dr. Betty Neuman designed a “teaching tool” for use with graduate students. She developed and coordinated a course requested by UCLA graduate nursing students that would provide an overview of course content. Selected faculty presented the overview course, which formed the new programming for clinical specialized teaching in areas such as psychiatric and gerontologic nursing. The purpose of the course was to aid entering graduate students in making appropriate clinical nurse specialization program choices.
A 2-year student evaluation confirmed the value of the “tool” for both course unification and integration of faculty lecture content. It also provided a comprehensive perspective from which to view the entire client situation. Dr. Neuman and a colleague published the diagram entitled ...