Beyond Dichotomies in the Nursing of Persons and Families


  • Carole A. Robinson BSc, RN, BSN, MSN, PhD

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    1. Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia at Vancouver. The author thanks Dr. Lorraine Wright for her comments on an earlier version of this paper.
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The dichotomy of individual and family nursing has served the discipline well. However, the time has come for a reconciliation of these perspectives and the redefinition of nursing as inclusive of both individuals and families. A conceptual framework that draws distinctions among four different nursing focuses of persons and families is described.