• acute;
  • agencies;
  • 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.