Completely updated in a new edition, this book presents a look at the application of the Neuman Systems Model in nursing education and practice, with emphasis on social change, current trends, and future nursing needs. It includes specific guidelines for providing holistic systems based perspective for optimal client system care. Through the contributions of an international contingent of authors, the text offers diverse viewpoints of global health care concerns relevant to the 21st century. This book is a perfect resource for clinicians, researchers, and administrators in all health care disciplines.
The book is an expanded version of earlier editions (l982 and 1989) with additional international and administrative uses. The book includes an explanation of the model with information on model development, then focuses primarily on use of the model in education, practice, and research. The purpose is to illustrate the model's relevance for the next century. Betty Neuman, RN, PhD, authored the model in 1970 and serves as author/editor of the text. The book reflects Dr. Neuman's continued encouragement of others in the nursing profession to use the model. The intended audience is broad, including all levels of nursing education and all areas of nursing practice. Nurse educators and other graduate level practitioners interested in how others have used the Neuman Systems Model will find the text helpful. The model is essentially unchanged since originally developed in the early 1970s. Dr. Neuman has added a spiritual variable to the individual and has further developed the propositions. Text references are essentially identical to earlier editions. Because of its complexity, most applications of the model address only a portion of the model. Levels of prevention from public health, the lines of resistance, and the five components of the client (physiological, psychological, sociocultural, developmental, and spiritual) are most frequently cited. Many chapter authors have redesigned and simplified the model. The chapter on theory testing appears to have been written for other purposes, with only a foreword by the author mentioning the Neuman model. The variety of uses is impressive, with curriculum application at all levels of nursing education, a variety of practice and administrativesettings, and use in more than 100 published research articles. The book serves primarily as a showcase for these utilization efforts.