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 3: Application to Practice and Research
Application to Practice and Research
In the past 20 years the use of the Neuman systems model to guide practice and research has grown exponentially In the beginning the model was primarily used in academia, fulfilling Neuman's original idea that the model should be used as a teaching aid (Neuman, 1989). Initially the model was used as a teaching method. Subsequently the model was used to organize the entire nursing curricula. The nursing program at Neumann College in Aston, Pennsylvania, was the first college to do so, in the early 1970s. Since that time numerous colleges and universities around the nation and the world have based both baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs on the model.
With students becoming cognizant and comfortable with ...