Date of Award
Open Access Thesis
Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN)
Susan K Nash
This graduate field project presents a conceptual model based on the theoretical frameworks of Brentano, Frankl, Rogers, Merry, Benner, and Wrubel and is designed to facilitate the life journey to more complex levels. The model has a foundation in chaos theory and in the search for meaning. Key concepts of catalyst, presence, polarization, and participation are defined and described. Presence is defined at three levels: physical, psychological, and therapeutic. Participation is defined as a sharing of the life and experience between nurse and person. Polarization, or change in pattern, is also defined at three levels: active, collaborative, and passive. The model was applied and examined in the context of the nurse interacting with women living with fibromyalgia through interviews and a health diary. The model was also evaluated by examining the women's life stories and perceptions after the project completion.
Becker, Brenda A., "Caring as Catalyst; A Model for Health Possibilities" (2004). Theses and Graduate Projects. 543.