What Is Peplau's Theory Of Interpersonal Relations

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Many individuals enter the healthcare profession because they want to help others achieve their greatest overall health and well-being. This may include achieving the fullness of physical, mental, emotional, social, and spiritual well-being. As a nurse or nursing student, one needs to have effective communication skills to help their clients. Even though nursing has a wide variety of different categories to work in, effective communication is essential for the profession. In addition, when working in a clinical setting, the relationship a nurse establishes with their clients is important. One significant nursing theorist who utilized the importance of relationships, especially the interpersonal processes and therapeutic relationship that develops between the nurse and client was, Hildegard Peplau (Forchuk, 1993). Throughout this paper, I will introduce and describe Peplau’s Theory of Interpersonal Relations, explain what this theory means to me as a nursing student, and how I can apply it into my future practice. Hildegard E. Peplau’s Theory of Interpersonal Relations may appear simplified; however, it is fundamentally thorough. In this section of the paper I will introduce Peplau and her theory, all the components that comprise the theory, and how it is being used today. Hildegard Peplau was born in 1909 in Pennsylvania (Masters, 2012). She graduated with a diploma from Pottstown Hospital School of Nursing in 1931 (Masters, 2012). Later in 1943, she received a Bachelor
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