The author thanks Gwen van Servellen, RN, PhD, FAAN, for her assistance with the development of an earlier version of this model and Paul Cousineau, RN, MSN, from the University of Massachusetts-Boston College of Nursing, for his assistance with producing the graphics for the model.
Nursing Model of Hospitalization Events
Article first published online: 2 OCT 2007
Image: the Journal of Nursing Scholarship
Volume 30, Issue 1, pages 71–74, March 1998
How to Cite
Smith, A. R. (1998), Nursing Model of Hospitalization Events. Image: the Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 30: 71–74. doi: 10.1111/j.1547-5069.1998.tb01239.x
Clinical Sidebar: Maureen M. Cullen, RN, MS, CEN, CCRN, is Clinical Instructor, Anna Jaques Hospital, Newburyport, Massachusetts and Clinical Nurse, Beth Israel/Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, MA.
- Issue published online: 2 OCT 2007
- Article first published online: 2 OCT 2007
- Accepted for publication November 1, 1996.
- theory construction/model building
Purpose: To provide a model of hospitalization events from a nursing perspective. Hospitalization has become an event of highly technical care coupled with intense nursing care requirements. This proposed model is needed to support clinical nursing research among hospitalized patients.
Scope: Hospitalization occupying space and time as a discrete event on the health-illness continuum. First developed to provide a framework for a descriptive study, the model shows the factors involved in hospitalization and provides a framework for understanding the nursing care that occurs. Selected results from descriptive research that used patients hospitalized with AIDS as subjects are reported as an example of use of the model.
Conclusions: Research about hospitalization events continues to be critical for the advancement of clinical nursing. This model is presented to provide a conceptual framework for future research.