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TO BE OF SERVICE: Team E Utilizing

The Three C’s of Lydia Hall
(Introduction by Rose de Leon)

It was the 1st week of July 2008 when we had the chance to introduce ourselves in the group. It amazes me that we will have this actual grouping to be able to work together interactively, though a little bit hesitant at first, if this could really work for us and if we can really hang-on with each other. Thus, I grab this opportunity with a delightful heart to introduce my team members for our Group Blog, FMA 1 for N207. Most of my team mates are located in our beloved native land. Truly, one of the best countries where an excellent foundation for Nursing Education could exists nowadays. And also highly diversified in experience with each of us coming from different fields yet we shared one common vision…to come-up with a substantive output and to fulfill our nursing dream. The team, although far from ideal, showed their best efforts in putting the blog together, not minding the hindrances such as work schedules, family and personal lives. These are the talented and hardworking people of Team E:
ROSE: An offshore student who works as a Nursing Service Director, coordinates all group activities, and yes, even posting forums in MOODLE, just to keep everyone updated.
SHANDZ: Working as a CI in one of the nursing schools in Rizal, she took the challenge to become the group’s first Team Manager and formulated a questionnaire to help us ponder deeply into our assigned theory.
JOY: also an offshore student taking up graduate studies in London, through communication by far hinders, she made he way to make it up with the team through technical layout support and collaborative idea of its final picture that comes to reality.
ANNA: A bank executive from the South, she took the challenge of being the secretary, buzzing everyone in time for the conferences; and she does it even while working overtime!
CAYE: Despite working 2 shifts in the Neonatal Intensive Care unit of one of the country’s top hospital, took the challenge of being the team editor (in between naps).
DOC LOREL: A physician and a nurse, shared very clear and interesting point of view about the CURE model. Truly, she’s heaven-sent.
ELOISE: Shares with Rose the same operating room experiences, putting the theory to use in their perioperative patients.
JAN: A dialysis nurse on training, inspired the team to come up with the best that it can do, challenging the limitations to be able to present a blog that is short, concise and unique.
RANDULF: Together with Jan, he injected some masculinity in the predominantly woman team and encouraged everyone to come up with a personalized insight on the applicability and relevance of Lydia Hall’s theory in our practice.

These are the team members, and this is our TEAM BLOG.


Lydia Hall was born in New York City on September 21, 1906 and grew up in Pennsylvania. She was an innovator, motivator, and mentor to nurses in all phases of their careers, and advocate for the chronically ill patient. She promoted involvement of the community in health-care issues. She derived from her knowledge of psychiatry and nursing experiences in the Loeb Center the framework she used in formulating her theory of nursing. These experiences might have given her insight in on the distinct roles of nurses in providing care for the patients and how the nurses can be of utmost importance in caring for these patients.
The theory of all, as they say, contains of three independent but interconnected circles—the core, the care and the cure. But what do these terms mean? According to the theory, the core is the person or patient to whom nursing care is directed and needed. The module has mentioned that the core has goals set by himself and not by any other person, and that these goals need to be achieved. The core, in addition, behaved according to his feelings, and value system. The cure, on the other hand is the attention given to patients by the medical professionals. The module has been explicit in stating that the cure circle is shared by the nurse with other health professionals. These are the interventions or actions geared on treating or “curing” the patient from whatever illness or disease he may be suffering from. Some interventions I can think of in relation to this are the surgeries performed to treat a tumors or other malignancies, prescribing pharmacologic therapies and performing diagnostic tests. The highlight, however is the care model. This is the part of the model reserved for nurses, and focused on performing that noble task of nurturing the patients, meaning the component of this model is the “motherly” care provided by nurses, which may include, but is not limited to provision of comfort measures, provision of patient teaching activities and helping the patient meet their needs where help is needed.
That means that if all three circles exhibit harmony and balance, the patient will be the one to benefit from it all since his needs are being put into priority but the meeting of it depends on which circle of the model is responsible for meeting such activities. It was hard not to see that in all of the circles of the model, the nurse is always presents, but the bigger role she takes belongs to the care circle where she acts a professional in helping the patient meet his needs and attain a sense of balance.


The theory can be applied in all the phases of the operative experience. The CARE can be utilized when providing patient care and teaching at each phase of the surgery, providing comfort both physiologically and psychosocially. The CORE model can be realized when he patient is able to express his feelings about the procedure and participates in exploring these feelings, helping him towards a faster recovery. The CURE model is used when we provided medication therapy to the patient, nurses assuming our roles as either scrub or circulating nurse.

CAYE ELLIMA, Critical Care/NICU Nurse: The patient with congestive heart failure usually has health problems related to the ineffective pumping mechanism of the blood, pooling of the blood in the lower extremities and a vast array of systemic symptoms. The cure model can be applicable in this case when the nurse would perform assessment and formulate care plans based on the patient’s needs and against limitations set by the physicians. The cure model will also require the nurse to closely monitor the patient’s response to the treatments and any untoward symptoms and relay these with the other members of the health team. In the care model, the nurse can help the patient or the family in accepting and adapting to the emotional and other stresses the condition may bring. It will be the nurse’s task to open channels of communication to allow expression of feelings and help the patient/family work out through it. It is also in this model that health teachings are imparted. The core model dominates when the patient and/or family are able to address the emotional concerns and issues related to the perception of the effects of the disease process such as activity restrictions. It will be, therefore, the sole role of the nurse to help the patient/family maintain or achieve his sense of balance.

NHINA SANDEEP DE ROSAS, Nursing Education/Clinical Instructor: The core, care and cure model can be applied into nursing education by utilizing its concepts in the mode of instruction given to students. The care model can be materialized in education by having clinical instructors provide “real-world” learning experiences to students. This would provide the students more opportunities for learning and encourages feedbacks about learning topics. Doing this would institute measures to further explore learning needs and help students develop confidence in assuming their roles as nurses. The cure model can be used by nursing educators when they plan for learning activities for their students. This can be done through implementation of diagnostic examinations to ascertain the students’ learning needs not only on nursing practice but also on other fields of science affecting the practice of nursing. The core model can be fully realized only when the clinical instructors are successful in helping the student meet his learning needs and thus providing him with an increased sense of accomplishment in terms of knowledge.

RANDULF ERGUIZA, Community Health Nursing/Clinical Instructor: Care becomes effective when we show sincerity and genuineness in out approach not only towards students but also to patients. We listen, we communicate and we make them feel a part helping the patients. Core is strengthened when we make them (students and patients) realize their potentials as individuals by reflecting not only on things that they can do but also on things that they were not able to do, and what things they still can do. Cure is provided when measures such as encouraging people in the community to utilize the services offered by the health centers and; and teaching them compliance to treatment regimens.

JAN STANLEY DIARESCO, Dialysis Nurse: Lydia Hall’s Care, Core and Cure theory can also be seen and identified in this kind of setting. Patients undergoing hemodialysis experiences problems such as physical vulnerability, feeling of being a burden to the family and being hopeless. Being a nurse one should use therapeutic communication when dealing with the patient, and family, provide proper care to the client as he or she undergoes dialysis and create an environment that would promote holism as the procedure is being done.

As soon as the patient arrives in our unit we explain the treatment and how would it benefit her and the risks involve so that he/she would be ready once the consent is being explained to her the physician. The therapeutic use of self of a nurse is shown here. As a practitioner in the Kidney Unit, we perform dual responsibility, one as nurse and the other as a technician. Being a nurse technician, we provide care to our clients by understanding the concept of dialysis with the use of the machine, how to troubleshoot technical problems, understanding water treatment, cannulation and priming the machine When priming the machine we wash out the renalin and residues present in the dialyzer to protect the client from its harmful effects that could lead to anaphylactic shock. Injecting innohep and heparinizing the tubings makes it safer for the client since clotting will be prevented, which could cause blood loss or wastage. Monitoring vital signs of the client 15 min for the first hour and 30 min thereafter to check for hypotension or hypertension (common complications during HD) would easily alert the nurse to provide initial interventions such as positioning, flushing and notifying the physician for medications to be given or any procedure to be carried out. Upon removal of the cannula’s from the patient site, the nurse should properly apply pressure dressing on the site so as to prevent blood loss and promote healing of the site. Educating the client not to scratch the site, exercise her are so that the fistula site would be bigger and prevent any injury to the site would be ways of preventing future complications to the site.

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Shandz, Anna, Caye, Rhose, Eloise, Doc Lorel, Joy, Jan, & Randulf


Betty Neuman's Systems Model

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Betty Neuman

"Health is a condition in which all parts and subparts are in harmony
with the whole of the client.”


1924 - Born in Lowell, a village in Washington County, Ohio, United States, along the Muskingum River

1947 - Obtained her Registered Nurse Diploma from the Peoples Hospital School of Nursing, in Akron Ohio. After that, she went to California where she worked in a hospital as a staff nurse, and eventually became the head nurse. She also explored other fields, and experienced being a school nurse, industrial nurse, and clinical instructor.
1957 - She went to the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and took a double major in psychology and public health. She received her BS Nursing from this institution.

1966 - She completed her Masters degree in Mental Health, Public Health Consultation, also at UCLA. She became recognized as a pioneer in the field of nursing involvement in community mental health.

1970 - Started developing The Systems Model as a way to teach an introductory nursing course to nursing students. The goal was to provide a Holistic overview of the physiological, psychological, sociocultural, and developmental aspects of human beings.

1972 - After a two-year evaluation of her model, it was eventually published in Nursing Research.

1985 - She completed her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Pacific Western University.

1988 - She founded the Neuman Systems Model Trustee Group, Inc. They are dedicated to the support, promotion and integrity of the Neuman Systems Model to guide nursing education, practice and research.

1992 - She was given an Honorary Doctorate of Letters, at the Neumann College, Aston, Pennsylvania.

1993 - Because of her important contributions to the field on Nursing, Dr. Neuman was named Honorary Member of the Fellowship of the American Academy of Nursing.

1998 - Received an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the Grand Valley State University in Michigan. For the past years, Dr. Betty Neuman has continuously developed and made famous the Neuman systems model through her work as an educator, author, health consultant, and speaker. Her model has been very widely accepted, and though it was originally designed to be used in nursing and is now being used by other health professions as well.

As keynote speaker at the University of Maine (2004)


Betty Neuman took inspiration in developing her theory from the following theories/ philosophers:

1. Pierre Tielhard deChardin : a philosopher-priest that believed human beings are continually evolving towards a state of perfection – an Omega Point

2. Gestalt Theory : A theory of German origin which proposes that the dynamic interaction of the individual and the situation determines experience and behavior.

3. General Adaptation Syndrome mainly talks about an individual’s reaction to stress on the 3 levels a) alarm b) resistance c) exhaustion

4. General Systems Theory postulates that the world is made up of systems that are interconnected and are influenced by each other.

The Neuman System Model

  • Viewed the client as an open system consisting of a basic structure or central core of energy resources which represent concentric circles
  • Each concentric circle or layer is made up of the five variable areas which are considered and occur simultaneously in each client concentric circles. These are:
  1. Physiological - refers of bodily structure and function.
  2. Psychological - refers to mental processes, functioning and emotions.
  3. Sociocultural - refers to relationships; and social/cultural functions and activities.
  4. Spiritual - refers to the influence of spiritual beliefs.
  5. Developmental - refers to life’s developmental processes.

Basic Structure Energy Resources

This is otherwise known as the central core, which is made up of the basic survival factors common to all organisms. These include the following:

  1. Normal temperature range – body temperature regulation ability
  2. Genetic structure – Hair color and bodily features
  3. Response pattern – functioning of body systems homeostatically
  4. Organ strength or weakness
  5. Ego structure
  6. Knowns or commonalities – value system
  • The person's system is an open system - dynamic and constantly changing and evolving
  • Stability, or homeostasis, occurs when the amount of energy that is available exceeds that being used by the system.
  • A homeostatic body system is constantly in a dynamic process of input, output, feedback, and compensation, which leads to a state of balance

Flexible Lines of Defense

  • Is the outer boundary to the normal line of defense, the line of resistance, and the core structure.

  • Keeps the system free from stressors and is dependent on the amount of sleep, nutritional status, as well as the quality and quantity of stress an individual experiences.

  • If the flexible line of defense fails to provide adequate protection to the normal line of defense, the lines of resistance become activated.

Normal Line of Defense

  • Represents client’s usual wellness level.
  • Can change over time in response to coping or responding to the environment, which includes intelligence, attitudes, problem solving and coping abilities. Example is skin which is constantly smooth and fair will eventually form callous over times.

Lines of Resistance

  • the last boundary that protects the basic structure
  • Protect the basic structure and become activated when environmental stressors invade the normal line of defense. An example would is that when a certain bacteria enters our system, there is an increase in leukocyte count to combat infection.
  • If the lines of resistance are effective, the system can reconstitute and if the lines of resistance are not effective, the resulting energy loss can result in death.


  • Are capable of producing either a positive or negative effect on the client system.
  • Is any environmental force which can potentially affect the stability of the system:
  1. Intrapersonal - occur within person, example is infection, thoughts and feelings
  2. Interpersonal - occur between individuals, e.g. role expectations
  3. Extrapersonal - occur outside the individual, e.g. job or finance concerns
  • A person’s reaction to stressors depends on the strength of the lines of defense.
  • When the lines of defense fails, the resulting reaction depends on the strength of the lines of resistance.
  • As part of the reaction, a person’s system can adapt to a stressor, an effect known as reconstitution.


  • Is the increase in energy that occurs in relation to the degree of reaction to the stressor which starts after initiation of treatment for invasion of stressors.
  • May expand the normal line of defense beyond its previous level, stabilize the system at a lower level, or return it to the level that existed before the illness.
  • Nursing interventions focus on retaining or maintaining system stability.
  • By means of primary, secondary and tertiary interventions, the person (or the nurse) attempts to restore or maintain the stability of the system.


  • Is the primary nursing intervention.
  • Focuses on keeping stressors and the stress response from having a detrimental effect on the body.
  1. Primary prevention focuses on protecting the normal line of defense and strengthening the flexible line of defense. This occur before the system reacts to a stressor and strengthens the person (primarily the flexible line of defense) to enable him to better deal with stressors and also manipulates the environment to reduce or weaken stressors. Includes health promotion and maintenance of wellness.
  2. Secondary prevention focuses on strengthening internal lines of resistance, reducing the reaction of the stressor and increasing resistance factors in order to prevent damage to the central core. This occurs after the system reacts to a stressor. This includes appropriate treatment of symptoms to attain optimal client system stability and energy conservation.
  3. Tertiary prevention focuses on readaptation and stability, and protects reconstitution or return to wellness after treatment. This occurs after the system has been treated through secondary prevention strategies. Tertiary prevention offers support to the client and attempts to add energy to the system or reduce energy needed in order to facilitate reconstitution.


The main use of the Neuman Model in practice and in research is that its concentric layers allow for a simple classification of how severe a problem is. For example, since the line of normal defense represents dynamic balance, it represents homeostasis, and thus a lack of stress. If a stress response is perceived by the patient or assessed by the nurse, then there has been an invasion of the normal line of defense and a major contraction of the flexible line of defense. Infection or other invasion of the lines of resistance indicates failure of both lines of defense. Thus, the level of insult can be quantified allowing for graduated interventions. Furthermore each person variable can be operationalized and the relationship to the normal line of defense or stress response can be analyzed. The drawback of this is that there is no way to know whether our operationalization of the person variables is a good representation of the underlying theoretical structures.

For example, Eileen Gigliotti published a research article in 1999 based on the Neuman Systems Model. The study investigated the relationship of multiple role stress to the psychological and sociocultural variables of the flexible line of defense. If multiple role stress had occurred, then the normal line of defense had been invaded. Questionnaire instruments were used to operationalize the psychological component with perceived role as a student and as a mother; the sociocultural component with social support, the normal line of defense as perceived multiple role stress.

Upon analysis, no conclusions could be made about the normal line of defense simply on the basis of the psychological component and sociocultural component. By dichotomizing the data by median age, however, a relationship between them could be described. Thus the relationship between the normal line of defense and the psychological and sociocultural components could only be described by taking into account the developmental component. It indicates that the components of the flexible line of defense interact in very complex ways and it may be difficult and dangerous to overgeneralize their interaction.


Experience #1

I’m assigned at the service/charity ward of PDMMMC few months ago. As a staff in the ward of a government hospital, I noticed many weaknesses and shortcomings in the medical management and nursing care as well maybe due to the city government’s not prioritizing health care. They say it is maybe due to “lack of budget” but I really don’t believe in that same old music. I know there is, but the question is where is it going? We are badly lacking of resources, instruments and material so we need to improvise. And most of all, we are under staff so proper nursing care is compromised to every patient plus the fact that the environment is not conducive to the nurses and the patients. At that time, a 25 year old female patient was transferred to our ward from the ICU. The case was PTB advanced and heart problem. I was very curious why? They said that the patient is stable but the catch is she was admitted to the isolation room of the charity ward together with other PTB cases and with minimum nursing care because of the overwhelming census. Based on my own assessment, the patient is not yet stable, I think the true reason for transfer is that the patient can no longer withstand the demands for her medication in ICU because she is the one who is availing that, or maybe there is a much priority patient who will be placed in ICU, because it is only two – bed capacity so they need to manage and decide very well on admissions and discharge. And if they want to transfer the patient post ICU, why in service ward that is not so conducive? Of course the patient is financially incapable to be admitted to pay ward.

The client’s flexible line of defense is compromised here; she had a hard time resting because the temperature in the isolation room is very warm and humid even if she has an electric fan. Her nutritional level is also not good and quantity of stress increases. Her normal line of defense is also unstable, she is not well and we can assess she is not. And her line of resistance is severely debilitated; she has PTB infection and dyspnea. Her environment to isolation room further worsens her condition.

Extrapersonal stressors like the isolation room environment where infection is floating around the room and also the nursing care that nurses wasn’t able to render because of the nurse to patient ratio of 1:30 which is not very ideal. She also has interpersonal stressors like the problem of broking up with his husband and for not having the opportunity to see her son because children are restricted to ward premises especially in isolation room. And her intrapersonal stressors like disturbed emotional status, deteriorating physical ability and financial problems.

These factors disrupted the reconstitution of the patient. In this situation, primary prevention is not given priority, because her admission to charity ward, isolation room increases her risk to infection and stress and limited nursing care. In secondary prevention, we succeed in the first part in ICU but wasn’t able to continue in the ward because of many factors as stated above. Even the prescribed medications are not purchased because of financial constraints. In tertiary prevention, sometimes we nurses do our best, but fate will still prevail. Patient died that evening during endorsement before we receive her case. Nursing goal is not met. And lessons are learned.

Neuman system model is a delicate tool to be used in nursing care especially in identifying the stressors, the interventions, and the affectation in the line of defenses of the client that we must protect to maintain quality of life, reconstitution and optimum level of functioning of our clientele and much better in disease prevention. Holistic care should be given to all of our patients at all times in any setting.

Experience #2

About a week ago I had in my care the wife of the captain of the ill-fated Princess of the Stars. In this case, I was able to identify the following stressors:

1. Psychological-Emotional:

  • Anxiety which stemmed from the uncertainty about the fate of her husband.
  • A sense of guilt because relatives of the passengers are blaming her husband for the tragedy.
  • Ambivalence in the sense that she would be happy if her husband survived and at the same time worried too that if he did survive he would be subjected to court litigation.

2. Financial Stress: Her husband is the breadwinner of the family and in a brood of 5 children, only one is employed; the rest are still in school.

3. Physical Stress manifested as:

a. Insomnia

b. Elevated blood pressure unresponsive to maintenance medications

c. Persistent chest pains

Nursing interventions are carried out on three preventive levels:

  • Primary Prevention would not be applicable because the accident causing the stressors has already occurred and the patient has already developed the reactions/symptoms of stress.
  • Secondary Prevention is applicable in this case. Because of the persistent elevated blood pressure ( above 200/110) accompanied by severe chest pains, the patient was admitted to the hospital for both diagnostic and therapeutic management. Nursing intervention centered initially on the round the clock monitoring of the blood pressure and giving of the ordered anti- hypertensive drugs. Since the EKG showed ischemia, the patient was closely watched for worsening of the pain because of the possibility of a myocardial infarction. Immediate referral of the patient to the resident physician is to be made if chest pain persisted despite giving isosorbide dinitrate for proper evaluation. Aside from giving anxiolytics to decrease the anxiety of the patient, I have to warn visiting relatives to refrain from talking about the tragedy. Sedatives were given before bedtime to prevent insomnia.
  • Tertiary Prevention: Upon discharge, I gave the patient and the immediate family members the following advice:
  1. If possible to stay in a relative’s house for a few weeks because they were being hounded by media who were camped outside their home.
  2. Regular monitoring of the patient’s blood pressure by a daughter who is a student-nurse who should also monitor her intake of medications as prescribed by the physician.
  3. Avoid watching TV shows that mention about the tragedy.
  4. Avoid answering the phone.
  5. She should have a close relative with her aside from the children who will manage their affairs in the meantime.

Experience #3

In the Community...
In one of the rotations of my students in the community, we encountered this very interesting newly married young couple (both are 18 years old). They have been married only for 3 months, but the supposed to be happy pair is already facing a lot of stressors.

One condition that brings extrapersonal stress is the unemployment of the husband. Their financial source is not enough to meet their needs. The woman somzd enough for her son. This relationship poses as an interpersonal stress to her.

The wife is also pregnant at that time, and her poor nutritional (underweight) and emotional status (sadness and anger at her mother-in-law) create intrapersonal stresses.

We know, based on Neuman’s Systems Model, that the reaction to stressors would depend on the strength of the lines of defense. The woman, due to financial constraints, is suffering from poor nutritional status. She usually lacks enough sleep due to the nature of her work. This creates a breach to her flexible line of defense. The normal line of defense also becomes unreliable because of her uncaring attitude toward her pregnancy and sexual behaviors that predispose her to a lot of possible illnesses. Her coping abilities are also affected because she is sometimes preoccupied with her relationship problems with her mother-in-law.

These conditions put not only our client but also her unborn child on the verge of developing various illnesses. Hence, our interventions focused on restoring system stability, by helping the client’s system adapt to the stressors.

Starting with primary prevention, we tried to educate their family on the importance of having good nutrition. We suggested some nutritious but cheap food choices. We also tried to advice her on possible alternative jobs that would not jeopardize her health and that of her unborn baby.

For the secondary prevention, we advised that she seek pre-natal check-up, and make use of the available services of the nearby health center.

After about 1 month of constant visits to these clients, we really observed noticeable improvements in their health conditions. The woman began to show weight gains consistent with her age of gestation. The couple has also learned to plant and eat nutritious food such as fruits and vegetables. The husband started to work as a production operator in a nearby factory, allowing his wife to take a break from her old job.

Before our duty in the community ended, we were able to initiate tertiary prevention by supporting and commending the positive behavioral changes exhibited by the couple. We also dwelt on strengthening the positive attributes of the family, such as their unwavering faith in God, and their strong devotion to each other. We learned from this experience that no problem is unsolvable with the use of consistent and well-contemplated nursing care.



Patrick Heyman and Sandra Wolfe, University of Florida, April 2000


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Reyes, Jose Richard III

Ricana, Ryan

Rico, Ron Paulo

Rimas, Ma. Filipina

Rosales, Ava

Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.

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"I can't move, I can't speak, I need help..."

An origami design is used to express Orlando-Pelletier’s Nursing Theory. The three large folds represents the three steps or processes of patient behavior, nurse reaction, and nurse action.

Subsequent smaller folds would include the assumptions associated with the theory. The finished object might resemble a silhouette of two people connected to one another, alluding to the ongoing nurse and client interaction required for deliberative care to effectively take place.

Understanding Ida Jean Orlando-Pelletier’s
Dynamic Nurse-Patient Relationship


Ida Jean Orlando, a first-generation American of Italian descent was born in 1926. She received her nursing diploma from New York Medical College, Lower Fifth Avenue Hospital, School of Nursing, her BS in public health nursing from St. John's University, Brooklyn, NY, and her MA in mental health nursing from Teachers College, Columbia University, New York. Orlando was an Associate Professor at Yale School of Nursing where she was Director of the Graduate Program in Mental Health Psychiatric Nursing. While at Yale she was project investigator of a National Institute of Mental Health grant entitled: Integration of Mental Health Concepts in a Basic Nursing Curriculum. It was from this research that Orlando developed her theory which was published in her 1961 book, The Dynamic Nurse-Patient Relationship. She furthered the development of her theory when at McLean Hospital in Belmont, MA as Director of a Research Project: Two Systems of Nursing in a Psychiatric Hospital. The results of this research are contained in her 1972 book titled: The Discipline and Teaching of Nursing Processs. Orlando held various positions in the Boston area, was a board member of Harvard Community Health Plan, and served as both a national and international consultant. She is a frequent lecturer and conducted numerous seminars on nursing process. She is married to RobertPelletier and lives in the Boston area. She passed away on November 28 , 2007.

Distinguish the THEORY
Case Scenario

“Nurse, can you give me my morphine,” cried out Mrs. So. “Can you tell how painful it is using the 0 ‐10 pain scale, where 0 being not painful and 10 being severely painful?”replied the nurse. “Ummm... I think it’s about 7. Can I have my morphine now?” “Mrs. So, I think something is bothering you besides your pain. Am I correct?” Mrs. So cried and said, “I can’t help it. I’m so worried about my 3 boys. I’m not sure how they are or who’s been taking care of them. They’re still so young to be left alone. My husband is in Yemen right now and he won’t be back until next month.” “Why don’t we make a phone call to your house so you could check out on your boys?” Mrs. So phoned his sons. “Thank you nurse. I don’t think I still need that morphine. My boys are fine. Our neighbour, Mrs. Yee, she’s watching over my boys right now.”

The focus of Orlando’s paradigm hubs the context of a dynamic nurse-patient phenomenon constructively realized through highlighting the key concepts such as : Patient Behavior, Nurse Reaction , Nurse Action.

1. The nursing process is set in motion by the Patient Behavior. All patient behavior, verbal ( a patient’s use of language ) or non-verbal ( includes physiological symptoms, motor activity, and nonverbal communication) , no matter how insignificant, must be considered an expression of a need for help and needs to be validated . If a patient’s behavior does not effectively assessed by the nurse then a major problem in giving care would rise leading to a nurse-patient relationship failure. Overtime . the more it is difficult to establish rapport to the patient once behavior is not determined. Communicating effectively is vital to achieve patient’s cooperation in achieving health.

Remember : When a patient has a need for help that cannot be resolved without the help of another, helplessness results

2. The Patient behavior stimulates a Nurse Reaction . In this part, the beginning of the nurse-patient relationship takes place. It is important to correctly evaluate the behavior of the patient using the nurse reactions steps to achieve positive feedback response from the patient. The steps are as follows:
The nurse perceives behavior through any of the senses -> The perception leads to automatic thought -> The thought produces an automatic feeling ->The nurse shares reactions with the patient to ascertain whether perceptions are accurate or inaccurate -> The nurse consciously deliberates about personal reactions and patient input in order to produce professional deliberative actions based on mindful assessment rather than automatic reactions.

Remember : Exploration with the patient helps validate the patient’s behavior.

3. Critically considering one or two ways in implementing Nurse Action. When providing care, nursing action can be done either automatic or deliberative.

Automatic reactions stem from nursing behaviors that are performed to satisfy a directive other than the patient’s need for help.
For example, the nurse who gives a sleeping pill to a patient every evening because it is ordered by the physician, without first discussing the need for the medication with the patient, is engaging in automatic, non-deliberative behavior. This is because the reason for giving the pill has more to do with following medical orders (automatically) than with the patient’s immediate expressed need for help.

Deliberative reaction is a “disciplined professional response” It can be argued that all nursing actions are meant to help the client and should be considered deliberative. However, correct identification of actions from the nurse’s assessment should be determined to achieve reciprocal help between nurse and patient’s health. The following criterias should be considered.

    • Deliberative actions result from the correct identification of patient needs by validation of the nurses’s reaction to patient behavior.
    • The nurse explores the meaning of the action with the patient and its relevance to meeting his need.
    • The nurse validates the action’s effectiveness immediately after compelling it.
    • The nurse is free of stimuli unrelated to the patient’s need (when action is taken).

Remember : for an action to have been truly deliberative, it must undergo reflective evaluation to determine if the action helped the client by addressing the need as determined by the nurse and the client in the immediate situation.

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Human/Person An individual in need. Unique individual behaving verbally or nonverbally. Assumption is that individuals are at times able to meet their own needs and at other times unable to do so.
Health Assumption is that being without emotional or physical discomfort and having a sense of well-being contribute to a healthy state. She further assumed that freedom from mental or physical discomfort and feelings of adequacy and well being contribute to health. she also noted that repeated experiences of having been helped undoubtedly culminate over periods of time in greater degrees of improvement
Environment Orlando assumes it as a nursing situation that occurs when there is a nurse-patient contact and that both nurse and patient perceive, think, feel and act in the immediate situation. any aspect of the environment, even though its designed for therapeutic and helpful purposes, can cause the patient to become distressed. She stressed out that when a nurse observes a patient behavior, it should be perceived as a signal of distress.
Nursing A distinct profession "Providing direct assistance to individuals in whatever setting they are found for he purpose of avoiding, relieving, diminishing, or curing the individual's sense of helplessness" (Orlando, 1972, p. 22). Professional nursing is conceptualized as finding out and meeting the client’s immediate need for help.

Cite the Applications of the THEORY

In Nursing Research

  1. In a Veterans Administration (VA) ambulatory psychiatric practice in Providence, RI Shea, McBride, Gavin, and Bauer (1987) used Orlando’s theoretical model with patients having a bipolar disorder.Their research results indicate that there were: higher patient retention, reduction of emergency services, decreased hospital stay, and increased satisfaction. They recommended its use throughout the VA system.Currently Orlando’s model is being used in a multi-million dollar research study of patients with a bipolar disorder at 12 sites in the VA system (McBride, Telephone interview, July, 2000). McBride and colleagues continue its use in practice and research at the Veteran Administration Hospital in Providence, RI.
  2. In a pilot study, Potter and Bockenhauer (2000) found positive results after implementing Orlando’s theory. These included:positive, patient-centered outcomes, a model for staff to use to approach patients, and a decrease in patient’s immediate distress. The study provides variable measurements that might be used in other research studies.
in Nursing Education

  1. Orlando's theory has a continuing influence on nursing education. Through e-mail communication it was found that the Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, is using Orlando's theory for teaching entering nursing students. According to Greene (e-mail communication, June, 2000) she became aware, when taking a doctoral course about nursing theories, that it was Orlando theory used by its school.
  2. Through networking the author found that for over 10 years South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD has been using Haggerty’s (1985) description of the communication based on Orlando’s theory for entering nursing students as well as re-enforcing it in their junior year (e-mail communication, (J. Fjelland, June, 2000). Joyce Fjelland, MS, RN. After working with Schmieding at Boston City Hospital, Lois Haggerty used Orlando’s theory in her teaching of students and in conducting a research study of students’ responses to distressed patients at BostonCollege in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts.
in Nursing Practice

From an ICU nurse: “Patients have an initial ability to communicate their need for help”. Consider a case of an immediate post Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) patient. Once relieved from the effects of anesthetic sedation, though intubated, you would realize his excruciating retort from the sternotomy incisional pain through implicit cues. Morphine Sulfate 1 to 2 mg To be given via slow IV push every 1 to 2 hours or Ketorolac 15 mg IV every 6 hours is the typical pro re nata (PRN) order of a cardiac intensivist to relieve the client from pain. Automatic response of a nurse is to calm the client and encourage relaxation through deep breathing while splinting the chest with a pillow. Being Deliberate in your actions include knowing the pharmacokinetics of an ordered drug in relation to the client’s physiologic standing. If the creatinine level were elevated, would you administer ketorolac? If the client is on respiratory precaution, would you administer Morphine? You would ask yourself, what other alternatives do I have to ease my client from pain? “The client’s behavior is meaningful”. If such “need” would be fittingly dealt with, the intervention is thriving. “When patient’s needs are not met, they become distressed.”

Analyze the THEORY

Case Study
A relative of a patient at the emergency room went to the nurse’s station and began complaining in a loud shouting voice that their patient being a charity case is not being given the same quality of care as that of the other patients who are under private consultants. He claimed that their patient who was hyperventilating and was complanining of difficulty of breathing due to neurocirculatory astheinia was just forced to sit in the cubicle, while the rich-looking patient was a gomey.

How will you handle this kind of situation and avoid conflict? How can Orlando’s dynamic nurse-patient interaction theory be utilized in this type of situation?

This Group Blog is Submitted to Ms. Sheila Bonito, FIC,

in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirements in N207.
Manager: Aux Lizares
Editor: Maria Mae Juanich
Katrina Anne Limos
Ginno Paulo Maglaya
Diana Jasmin Lee


We would like to acknowledge the following people: Ma’am Shiela Bonito, for coming up with this group work which really challenged not only our knowledge, understanding and creativity but also our ability to stay connected despite the distance, Ms. Aux Lizares, for diligently sorting out the articles, Ms. Maria Mae Juanich, for organizing the articles into a working blog, and for Ms. Katrina Anne Limos, Mr. Gino Paulo Maglaya, and Ms. Diana Jasmin Lee, for tirelessly contributing their thoughts, ideas, and resources. Without all of you, this blog would have never been possible. Thank you very much!!!

Dear classmates,

Let us learn together. Have we done justice to Ida J. Orlando in presenting her theory this way? We would like to invite you to share with us your thoughts, feelings, comments or reactions on our blog entitled, “Understanding Ida Jean Orlando-Pelletier’sDynamic Nurse-Patient Relationship.” Thank you for your participation!


Group G


Orlando, I. J. (1972). The discipline and teaching of nursing process: An evaluative study. New York: G. P. Putnam.
George, J.B. (2002). Nursing Process Discipline: Ida Jean Orlando. In George, J.B. (Ed.). Nursing Theories: the Base for professional nursing practice (5th Ed.). Upper Saddle River, New Jersey: Prentice Hall, pp. 189-208.
Schmieding, N.J. (2002). Ida Jean Orlando (Pelletier): Nursing Process Theory. In Tomey, A.M., & Alligood, M.R.. Nurse theorists and their work (5th Ed.). St. Louis: Mosby, pp. 399-417.
Orlando, I.J. (1961). The dynamic nurse-patient relationship, function, process and principles. New York: G. P. Putnam.]
Haggerty, L.A. (1985). A theoretical model for developing students’ communication skills. Journal of Nursing Education, 24(7), 296-298.
Haggerty, L.A. (1987). An analysis of senior nursing students’ immediate responses to distressed patients.. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 12, 451-461.
Nancy M. Shea, Linda McBride, Christopher Gavin, and Mark Bauer
Bauer, M. S. (2001). The collaborative practice model for bipolar disorder-Design and implementation in a multisite randomized controlled trial. Bipolar Disorders 3(5), 233-244. Bauer, M.S., & McBride, L.(2002). Structured group psychotherapy for bipolar disorder (2nd Ed). New York: Springer Publishing Co. Shea, N. M., McBride, L. Gavin, C., & Bauer, M. (1997). The effects of ambulatory collaboration practice model on process and outcome of care for bipolar disorder. Journal of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association 3(2), 49-57. Mertie. L. Potter, ND, ARNP, CS and Barbara Jo Bockenhauer, MS, RNC
Potter, M.L. & Bockenhauer, B.J. (2000). Implementing Orlando’s nursing process theory: A pilot study. Journa
l of Psychosocial Nursing nd Mental Health Services, 38(3), 14-21

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‘Use the word nursing for want of a better. It has been limited to signify little more than the administration of medicines and the application of poultices. It ought to signify the proper use of fresh air, light, warmth, cleanliness, quiet, and the proper selection and administration of diet — all at the least expense of vital power to the patient.

Florence Nightingale--Notes on Nursing (1860)

The Lady with the Lamp and the Nursing Profession

The Nursing profession—a science and an art practiced by both man and women—Tiring, arduous, demanding, tough, eye-bag forming, yet fulfilling, a vocation of honor and dignity entwined with humility.


It was in mid 1800’s with the leadership of Florence Nightingale that organized nursing started. Before her era, nursing care was done by paupers and drunkards: persons unfit for any type of work. Hospitals were placed where the poor frequently suffered more from the environment than from the disease that brought them there.

No man, not even a doctor, ever gives any other definition of what a nurse should be than this — 'devoted and obedient'. This definition would do just as well for a porter. It might even do for a horse. It would not do for a policeman.’

Nightingale’s efforts to uplift the nursing profession were indeed admirable. At that time, nursing was viewed as a kind of work that requires menial tasks or routinely actions but Nightingale saw it as a vocation aided by proper use of assessment and empowered by skills, knowledge and attitude acquired from proper schooling. In her book, she takes limelight away from the Physicians, and places it on the nurses.

Notes on Nursing—What It is and What It is not

Her most frequently cited work, Notes on Nursing, was written not as a nursing text but to “give hints for thoughts of women who have personal charge of the health of others.”

Nightingale’s notes on nursing covers all the basic necessities of human lives. It explains how to deal with sick people which can be applied not just to simple cough, colds and flues but to all types of human illnesses. And yes if one can read between the lines (as we always do), the book offers tips on how to survive a hospital experience.

Nightingale’s environmental model has always been applied in the hospital setting. One setting would include the care of our patients in the Intensive Care Unit wherein all chapters of the book can be applied—ventilation and warming, noise management, observation of the sick etc. And even if we are not in the hospital setting whether we are just in our office or at home, Nightingale’s vision of nursing is always present. We can even relate it to a song by Chris Brown and Jordin Sparks entitled No Air… and the lyric goes like this

“Tell me how I’m supposed to breathe with no air? Can’t live, can’t breath with no air That’s how I feel whenever ain’t there There’s no air, no air”

See? Nightingales contribution is so wide that the realization of her vision is not only limited to us nurses. And with that, her vision should inspire, motivate and direct every interaction we make and every intervention we do to be able to provide a wholistic nursing care to our patients and help them in their need for identifying their health concerns without them telling us what we can do for them but doing it automatically.


Although Nightingale’s book was more of a lecture, a sermon, or even a plea put into writing, she backed up her concepts with well researched studies to prove her points.

She is also a skilled statistician- used statistics to present her case for hospital reform. According to Cohen, “the idea of using statistics for such a purpose- to analyze social conditions and the effectiveness of public policy- is common place today, but at that time it was not” (Marie L. Lobo: NURSING THEORIES; The Base for Professional Nursing Practice; Fourth Edition; 1995)

The notes on nursing by Nightingale repeatedly emphasize on its aim to empower women to take control of the care not only the sick but also the healthy members of the family especially the children. We understand that this highlight is because the children are ought to be the foundation of the future. She used statistics to support her claims. These lines are lifted from the first pages of Notes on Nursing to show how extensive Nightingale’s research is for her to come up with such data; “--- do you know that in every seven infants in this civilized land of England perishes before it is one year old? That in London, two in every five die before they are five years old? And, in the other great cities of England, nearly one out of two?----More than 25,000 children die every year in London under 10 years of age” These are just some but they prove that Nightingale’s craft is based on thorough research and statistics.

Basing on today’s world, though advance techniques are being used in the nursing profession, still Nightingales thoughts are being applied. In a hospital in Dubai where one of our groupmates work (Ms. Elvie Abanico), still-life paintings are displayed in the patient’s room and nurses look at how long tentatively patients will stay in the hospital, the longer they stay the nurses will plan to give a room with a view—where flowers and tress can be seen from the patients window since basing on research variety of colors and pictures can help to make a patient feel well. As supported by Nightingales Notes on Nursing variety section page 44: "Variety of form and brilliancy of colors in objects presented to patients are actual means of recovery and that "Variety is just like food for a starving stomach, just like a sick patient who wants to see a variety, just like a starving eye”.

Indeed, one could simply say that Florence Nightingale is Nursing and Nursing is Florence Nightingale. So would it not be sensible if we also try to looked at her well-known work—‘Notes in Nursing’, in a whole new perspective that goes beyond the scope of Nursing?

No Place for a Woman: The Femme Fatal

During Nightingales time, women are considered second class in short they have no right to assert something—near helpless with lethargic lifestyle—a life of thoughtless comfort for the world of social service. During her time, she encountered a lot of problem just because she is a woman. Though she took part on influencing the decisions of the War Department by providing information to Sir Sidney Herbert by giving any of the position papers and reports, because of the position of women in Victorian England, she was not permitted to submit her findings under her own name.

(-Marie L. Lobo: NURSING THEORIES; The Base for Professional Nursing Practice; Fourth Edition; 1995)

In her book entitled Cassandra, she wrote:

“Women are never supposed to have any occupation of sufficient importance not to be interrupted, except ‘suckling their fools’; and women themselves have accepted this”

The above quote shows the displeasure of Nightingale on how women of her times accepted their roles at the society without even exerting an effort to show what they are capable of. In fact, she stated that there were even books written on the acceptance of role that women play in the society then. But Nightingale never conformed to the society nor did she accept. In fact, her writings as well as actions showed her firm disagreement with how society regarded women. So Nightingale was also one of great women in history who did her part to lobby for the rights of women.

Nightingale had a strong conviction that woman have the mental capacities to achieve whatever they wish to achieve. Out of this conviction came her resolve and action to establish nursing as a profession wherein women could develop the intellectual abilities to contribute meaningful service to society.

With her book—Notes on Nursing, a glimpse of feminism can be seen since the book empowers women to have personal charge of the health of others though it does not teach them how, but it asks women to teach herself. Thanks to Florence Nightingale, women now realize that they must gain control over their own time in order to change the social and political structures over their lives—it can be observed that majority of the nurses of today are women living what Florence Nightingale had stated in her book though it is a fact that men also share her vision of what nursing is.

Voluminous texts were written on Florence Nightingale and her contribution to the Nursing profession. What many nurses fail to realize is that she did more than just that. We hope our little blog could help them see and appreciate another aspect of her life and her contributions not just to nursing, but to the world.

“Nurses we are love serves—this is the essence of nursing. For what ever reason we pursue this course, regardless of where we practice it, the essence of nursing should be internalized…”

Jordin Sparks duet with Chris Brown - No Air

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