Nursing Paper on Peplau's Theory of Interpersonal Relations

1734 Words Jun 7th, 2014 7 Pages
Peplau’s Theory of Interpersonal Relations
Jennifer Holzer
Chamberlain College of Nursing
Nursing 501 Theoretical Basis for Advanced Nursing Practice
Spring 2014




Nursing theory is important because it is the foundation and structure for the profession of nursing. There are many different types of theories and they all serve a specific purpose. Theories are important and valuable because they allow the nurse to understand and comprehend their role as a nursing professional. Theories also play a part in helping the nurse deal with patients and other disciplines in nursing and most important the role of a nurse in this profession. Theories explain and help to grasp the
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Peplau’s major concepts discuss how the nurse and the patient work together to achieve the same result. Her theory would be categorized as a middle range theory. Through this process the nurse and the patient both gain more information, knowledge. They will grow during the process. In Peplau’s Theory there are phases, roles of the nurse and components which make up the entire theory. The orientation phase is when the nurse and patient first meet. The role of the nurse would be that similar to a stranger. It is important to develop trust and a good rapport with the patient. Her identification of this relation is extremely valid and meaningful. I understand how a patient would feel apprehensive and nervous about the Orientation Phase .I think her terminology is spot on because in essence the patients are all strangers to us as we are to them. The interpersonal process involves the person, environment and health. The person is defined as the patient. The environment is defined as the setting to where the interaction will take place such as a hospital or doctor’s office. The goal in the environment is to make the patient feel safe and ease they anxiety often felt between the nurse and patient. The health is defined as the overall wellbeing of the patient and the progress being made to achieve wellness. The Identification phase is when the nurse selects the most appropriate assistance. The role of the nurse in this phase is that of a surrogate. The exploitation…