Reconceptualizing the Nurse-Patient Relationship
Article first published online: 23 APR 2004
Journal of Nursing Scholarship
Volume 35, Issue 2, pages 145–150, June 2003
How to Cite
Hagerty, B. M. and Patusky, K. L. (2003), Reconceptualizing the Nurse-Patient Relationship. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 35: 145–150. doi: 10.1111/j.1547-5069.2003.00145.x
- Issue published online: 23 APR 2004
- Article first published online: 23 APR 2004
- Accepted for publication July 24, 2002.
- nurse-patient relationship;
- theory of human relatedness
Purpose: To review assumptions inherent in the nurse-patient relationship as historically described and practiced, and to propose an alternate framework for nurse-patient interaction that is congruent with current health care environments.
Organizing Constructs: The theory of human relatedness and the nurse-patient relationship.
Methods: Analysis of assumptions inherent in the current theoretical and empirical literature on nurse-patient relationships and evidence from observation of nurses engaged in practice. Proposal and discussion of the theory of human relatedness as an alternative model for conceptualizing nurse-patient relationships.
Conclusions: The theory of human relatedness framework provides new insights and opportunities for assessment, intervention, and research within the context of nurse-patient relationships.