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Nursing Theorist

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Martha E. Rogers
Martha E. Rogers
Martha Elizabeth Rogers was an American nurse, researcher, theorist, and author. Rogers is best known for developing the Science of Unitary Human Beings and for her landmark book, An Introduction to the Theoretical Basis of Nursing. Wikipedia

Science of Unitary Man

  • Nursing is an art and science that is humanistic and humanitarian. It is directed toward the unitary human and is concerned with the nature and direction of human development. The goal of nurses is to participate in the process of
  • Nursing interventions seek to promote harmonious interaction between persons and their environment, strengthen the wholeness of the Individual and redirect human and environmental patterns or organization to achieve maximum health.
  • 5 basic assumptions:
    1. The human being is a unified whole, possessing individual integrity and manifesting characteristics that are more than and different from the sum of parts.
    2. The individual and the environment are continuously exchanging matter and energy with each other
    3. The life processes of human beings evolve irreversibly and unidirectionally along a space-time continuum
    4. Patterns identify human being and reflect their innovative wholeness
    5. The individual is characterized by the capacity for abstraction and imagery, language and thought, sensation and emotion



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