Theory Of Interpersonal Relations And How It Impacts Current And Future Practice

1387 Words Oct 2nd, 2016 6 Pages
Nursing theories are the cornerstone of nursing practice. They assist in molding the nurse to provide the best possible care for the patient by guiding nursing practice, fostering health promotion, integrating health education, and advancing nursing knowledge. Nursing theories provide a framework that influences the present and future of nursing practice. Nurses utilize a number of theories in daily practice throughout their careers. In this way, the nurse is able to choose the specific theory that is suitable for the particular situation or patient. This paper will introduce and analyze Hildegard Peplau’s theory of interpersonal relations and how it impacts current and future practice along with the metaparadigm concepts of patient, environment, health, and nursing.
Introduction and Analysis of Theory Hildegard Peplau (1909-1999) was a psychiatric nurse who was the first nursing theorist to illustrate the importance of the nurse-patient relationship (D 'Antonio, Beeber, Sills, & Naegle, 2014). She emphasized the centrality of this relationship between the patient and nurse in which the nurse takes on many important roles, that of counselor, resource, teacher, surrogate and leader (Denisco & Barker, 2016). Peplau urged other nurses to adopt this framework in order to change how they interacted with patients and collaborate with them versus tell them what to do. She wanted a team approach to healing and wellness that engaged the patient in a therapeutic relationship…

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