Dr. Asdf 's Biography, Theory, Patient Scenario, And Real World Application

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Dr. Peplau was a brilliant woman whose contribution to the nursing world helped paved for a different way to providing nursing care. Her theory not only applies to behavioral problems but can be applied to other areas in nursing as well. This researcher will discuss Dr. Peplau’s biography, theory, patient scenario, and real world application. Biography Hildegard Elizabeth Peplau was born on September 1, 1909 in Reading, Pennsylvania. Her parents, Gustav and Ottylie Peplau, were of German decent. Her father was a fireman for 31 years while her mother stayed at home to care for the children. Dr. Peplau had five siblings whom she was close with. Growing up in a household where the expectations of Dr. Peplau focused on marriage and children,…show more content…
This was where Dr. Peplau chose to focus on extending interpersonal therapy theories of Sullivan into nursing practice (Cantor, 2013). Dr. Peplau joined the Army Nurse Corps in 1943 to 1945. She was stationed at the 312th Field Station Hospital in England; this was where the American School of Military Psychiatry was located (Sills, Peplau, and Reppert, 2007). This experience led the way for her to be able to work alongside the most prominent figures in British and American psychiatry. This was an important part of Dr. Peplau’s history in relation to mental health. The very same men she worked with during the war, were the same men she sat with to collaborate on a new mental health system in the United States through the passage of the National Mental Health Act of 1946 (Sills, Peplau, and Reppert, 2007). By 1950 she held Master’s and Doctoral degrees and was certified in Psychoanalysis at the William Alanson White Institute. Theory Hildegard Peplau believed in the nurse-patient relationship. She believed that to care for a patient it is important for a nurse to establish some form of bond. As described in the text, nursing care happens in the setting of the patient-nurse relationship (Black, 2014). Dr. Peplau’s theory initially came from what she garnered from her Bachelor’s in Psychology. As mentioned earlier, she was influenced by Fromm, Fromm-Reichman, and Sullivan. Dr. Peplau admitted in an interview, that some concepts were applied to
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