Supporting Adaption to Body Image Disruption


  • Joan Norris PhD RN FAAN,

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    • Joan Norris is an associate dean of the Creighton University School of Nursing in Omaha, NE.

  • Stephanie Stockard Spelic MSN RN CS

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    • Stephanie Stockard Spelic is an assistant professor of psychiatric mental health nursing at the Creighton University School of Nursing.

School of Nursing, Creighton University, 2500 California Plaza, Omaha, NE 68178, or e-mail


Nurses in hospitals, rehabilitation, and community settings often provide care for clients who are adjusting to significant alterations in their physical appearance or function. A grounded theory of reimaging provides guidelines for understanding the process of adaptation and the implications for supportive care after body image disruptions.