Modeling and role-modeling theory: a case study of holistic care.
- PubMed: 8708346
To provide holistic care, nurses must attempt to view the world through the clients' eyes. The Theory of Modeling and Role-Modeling (Erickson, Tomlin, & Swain, 1983) enables nurses to care for and nurture each client with an awareness of and respect for the individual's uniqueness. This type of care giving exemplifies theory-based clinical practice that focuses on the clients' needs. Care is offered that recognizes that clients have the knowledge and ability to understand what has made them sick, as well as what will make them well. The authors explore the experiences of a young woman with diabetes mellitus and demonstrate how nursing care based on the Theory of Modeling and Role-Modeling enabled the client to recognize and develop strengths and empowered her to begin the healing process.