Newman's Health Theory Critique

Topics: Nursing, Meaning of life, Human / Pages: 10 (2416 words) / Published: Mar 9th, 2011
Introduction* – complete; clear statement of paper purpose; identification of theory & theorist; statement of paper content.
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• The theory of health as expanding consciousness stems from Rogers' theory of unitary human beings.
• The theory of health as expanding consciousness was stimulated by concern for those for whom health as the absence of disease or disability is not possible, (Newman, 2010).
• The theory has progressed to include the health of all persons regardless of the presence or absence of disease, (Newman, 2010).
• The theory asserts that every person in every situation, no matter how disordered and hopeless it may seem, is part of the universal process of expanding consciousness – a process of becoming more of oneself, of finding greater meaning in life, and of reaching new dimensions of connectedness with other people and the world, (Newman, 2010).

• The health of a human being is a unitary phenomenon, an evolving pattern of human-environment (Rogers, 1970).

• Life is a process of expanding consciousness. Consciousness is the informational capacity of the system and can be seen in the quality of interaction of the system with the environment (Bentov, 1978).
• The explicate order is a manifestation of the implicate order (Bohm, 1980).

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Theory Purpose (complete & clear; purpose & sub-purposes) (10)

• “The theory of health as expanding consciousness (HEC) was stimulated by concern for those for whom health as the absence of disease or disability is not possible. Nurses often relate to such people: people facing the uncertainty, debilitation, loss and eventual death associated with chronic illness. The theory has progressed to include the health of all persons regardless of the presence or absence of disease. The theory asserts that every person in every situation, no matter how disordered and hopeless it may seem, is part of the universal process of

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