by Molly Fitzke, EdD, MSN, RN, Nebraska Wesleyan University
This WebQuest will explore the Theory of Interpersonal Relations by Dr. Hildegard Peplau. Peplau's theory focuses on the nurse-patient relationship and how one person relates to another.
“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others”~ Philippians 2:4
Nurse's are bound to a high standard of moral and ethical conduct. The Nursing Code of Ethics (click on to open) is a common theme worldwide; an expected nurse's moral position is nondiscrimination. The registered nurse must respect the uniqueness of each patient and provide nonjudgmental care regardless of the nature of the health problem or patient's lifestyle.
Hildegard Peplau, EdD, RN
Hildegard Peplau (1991) encouraged the nurse to go beyond the physical caring of the patient and meet the entire needs of the patient. This would establish a nurse-patient therapeutic relationship or professional closeness. Peplau (1991) described this relationship as a partnership, where the nurse has put all past judgments or opinions aside, to competently care and value the patient.
Do you establish a nurse-patient therapeutic relationship in your professional practice?
Student Learning Outcomes:
- Describe the concepts important to the theory of interpersonal relations as proposed by Peplau.
- Apply the major concepts important to nursing as defined by Peplau.
- Plan nursing care for a patient scenario utilizing Peplau's theory of interpersonal relations.