Hildegard Peplau

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Nurse and patient relationships are very important while a patient is being cared for. If there is something bothering the patient the nurse should know what is wrong. Hildegard Peplau developed a theory, Interpersonal Theory, this theory was developed so nurses better know their patients. This theory also teaches nurses how to better nurse patient relationships. Hildegard Peplau was born on September 1, 1909 in Reading, Pennsylvania. Peplau was one out of six children and was the daughter of Gustav and Ottylie Peplau. At a young age she saw what a flu epidemic could do and saw what illness and death could do to families. (Hildegard) She knew when she was a teenager that she didn’t want to rely on someone else to take care of her. She didn’t want to be like her mother and rely on someone else. Her father was also an authoritarian parent. Meaning he disciplined his kids hard. She didn’t want to live with someone else like that. To pursue her dreams though, it was going to be tough. This was because she was a woman. Not much opportunity was available to women who wanted to go to college and pursue a career. In 1931 she graduated from Pottstown, Pennsylvania School of Nursing. She then started her career as a nurse. Her first nursing job was a staff nurse at a hospital. She then got a job as a school nurse at Bennington College in Vermont by recommendation. While working there in 1943 she earned a bachelor’s degree in interpersonal psychology. (Hildegard) After earning the bachelor’s degree, Peplau joined the military and served in the Army Nurse Corps. When she was done serving in the military, Peplau started teaching. Stated on nursing-resource.com, “At Rutgers, Peplau created the first graduate level program for the preparation of clinical specialists in psychiatric nursing” (April 8, 2012). Peplau mostly taught interpersonal concepts. In 1974 she retired from the Rutgers Hospital where she worked most of her nursing career. In the years that she worked she...
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