Hildegard Peplau used the term, psychodynamic nursing, to describe the dynamic relationship between a nurse and a patient.
She described four phases of this relationship: orientation, in which the person and the nurse mutually identify the person's problem; identification, in which the person identifies with the nurse, thereby accepting help; exploitation, in which the person makes use of the nurse's help; and resolution, in which the person accepts new goals and frees herself or himself from the relationship.
She also identified six nursing roles of the nurse:
Counseling Role - working with the patient on current problems
Leadership Role - working with the patient democratically
Surrogate Role - figuratively standing in for a person in the patient's life
Stranger - accepting the patient objectively
Resource Person - interpreting the medical plan to the patient
Teaching Role - offering information and helping the patient learn
Peplau, H.E. (1952). Interpersonal Relations in Nursing. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons.
Summary by Becky Sisk, PhD, RN
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Hildegard Peplau page from the University of Western Ontario School of Nursing
"Remembering Hildegard Peplau" by Richard Lakeman
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