Lewin's Change Theory

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Nurse as a change agent

“You must be the change you wish to see in the world.” - Mahatma Ghandi

The theoretical foundations of change theory are robust: several theories now exist, many coming from the disciplines of sociology, psychology, education, and organizational management. Kurt Lewin (1890 – 1947) has been acknowledged as the “father of social change theories” and presents a simple yet powerful model to begin the study of change theory and processes. He is also lauded as the originator of social psychology, action research, as well as organizational development.
Lewin's change theory consists of three distinct and vital stages:
• Unfreezing
• Moving to a New Level or Changing
• Refreezing.
“Unfreezing”- …show more content…

Change by Exception: occurs when someone makes an exception to an existing belief system. For instance, if a client believes that all nurses are bossy, but then experiences nursing care from a very modulated nurse, they may change their belief about that particular nurse, but not all nurses in general.

Incremental Change: change that happens so gradually, that an individual is not aware of it.

Pendulum Changes: are

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