The Theory Of A Nurse

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Nursing theorist, Hildegard Peplau knew that in order to care for patients, the nurse must establish a strong relationship with the patient. This is an essential element in being able to provide adequate planning, diagnosing, and successfully treating patients. Personally, my desire to learn more about Peplau’s theory is because it is a very significant quality to have as a nurse. Nursing is a very interpersonal career, and by forming trusting relationships with patients early in one’s nursing practice, I can provide the best care possible to meet psychosocial needs as well as treat the present illness. The benefits that creating interpersonal relationships can have on the patients’ health condition and their planned outcomes, is also a very interesting area of focus. Many nursing students today did not understand the importance of Peplau’s theory. They choose a career in nursing because of the finical stability and wide range of options that the career offers. Overall, one cannot forget that nursing is patient centered care. Literature Review Theorist Hildegard Peplau set the foundational elements for newly graduated students to introduce the importance of patient/nurse relationships into their practice (Peplau 1991). Peplau’s book is mainly directed toward psychiatric patients, but improving interpersonal skills with patients from all disciplines will create a caring, informative environments for individualized care plans (D’Antionio, Beeber, Sills, & Naegle, 2014). Also,
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