1) The kind of nurse each person becomes makes a substantial difference in what each client will learn as she or he is nursed throughout his or her experience with illness
2) Fostering personality development in the direction of maturity is a function of nursing and nursing education; it requires the use of principles and methods that permit and guide the process of grappling with everyday interpersonal problems or difficulties
Later Peplau added:
3) Nursing can take as its unique focus the reactions of clients to the circumstances of their illnesses or health problems
4) Since illness provides opportunity for learning and growth, nursing can assist clients to gain intellectual and interpersonal competencies, beyond those that they have at the point of illness, by gearing the nursing practices to evolving such competencies through nurse-client interactions
5) Psychodynamic nursing crosses all specialty areas of nursing. It is not synonymous with psychiatric nursing since every nurse-client relationship is an interpersonal situation in which recurring difficulties of everyday life arise
6) Difficulties in interpersonal relations recur in varying intensities throughout the life of everyone
7) The need to harness energy that derives from tension and anxiety connected to felt needs to positive means for defining, understanding and meeting productively the problem at hand is a universal need
8) All human behavior is purposeful and goal-seeking in terms of feelings of satisfaction and/or security
9) The interaction of nurse and client is fruitful when a method of communication that identifies and uses common meanings is at work in the situation
10) The meaning of behavior to the client is the only relevant basis on which nurses can determine needs to be met
11) Each person will behave, during any crisis, in a way that has worked in relation to crisis in the past
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