A Model for Nursing: University of British Columbia School of Nursing

Margaret A. Campbell, Mary J. Cruise, T. Rose Murakami

Abstract



A model for nursing provides a framework for viewing the phenomena about which nursing is concerned: man and the ways in which nursing cares for man. Conceptual in nature, the model is drawn from reality and pertains to reality, but does not constitute reality (Johnson, 1969). As a conceptual framework, the model serves to give direction to nursing practice, research and curriculum development.
The purpose of this paper is to present and explain the model for nursing developed by the School of Nursing at the University of British Columbia*. Designed to view man as a behavioural system, the U.B.C. Model is formed by certain assumptions about man. Supporting these assumptions is a set of beliefs about nursing and its practice. The assumptions and statements of beliefs define nursing's unique function and identity why, when and how this function is carried out.

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