Peplau’s Contributions to Psychiatric and Nursing Knowledge

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Lisa Y Adams


Hildegard Peplau’s work formally began the development, basis and revolution of nursing knowledge for general nursing as well as for psychiatric mental health nursing. Her underlying philosophical assumptions and interpersonal relations theory not only emphasized the science of nursing that was empirically rooted and dominant from the time, but she illustrated how nursing as an art could equally contribute to the nursing knowledge, practice, and research that is so evident in nursing today. As a pioneer of nursing, Peplau helped to bridge the gap between theory and practice that continues to build on nursing’s knowledge base today. On the Canadian front, nurse leader, Cheryl Forchuk, continues to put it to the test.




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Lisa Y Adams, Athabasca University

Dr. Lisa Adams is an award winning author in the US for her book on workplace mental health. She has 25 years of working in mental health and addicitons from a nursing leadership perspective and has held various progressive leadership positions and academic appointments in Canada.


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