The Middle Range Nursing Theory Of Transitions

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A Discussion of the Middle-Range Nursing Theory of Transitions Transitions are a part of each and every person’s life, defined as a passage from one fairly stable state to another fairly stale state (Meleis, 2010). While human beings constantly face transitions throughout the lifespan, nurses work with people going through a health and well-being transition and have the ability to support or negatively affect the person during this vulnerable time (Meleis, 2010). In the mid-1960’s, theorist Afar Ibrahim Meleis began studying the impact of transitions on health and illness and the role nurses play in assisting patients to manage these transitions successfully (Meleis, 2006). This paper will discuss theorist Afar Ibrahim Meleis, define the Transition Theory and its multiple components, and apply the theory to nursing practice today. Afaf Ibrahim Meleis In 1971, Meleis began a 34-year career at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) where she applied her Transition Theory to research and eventually published her collective studies in 2000 (Meleis, 2006). Meleis was interested most in the idea of role supplementation which she described as both role clarification and role taking, and the idea that those going through a transition will need to be willing and able to adjust their roles personally and in their family, community, and beyond in order to successfully complete a healthy transition (Meleis, 2006). Meleis defined true health as mastery, which she confirmed
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