Nursing pioneer gives “model presentation” to students at Cedar Crest College

Allentown, PA (November 21, 2008)—When a group of nursing students at Cedar Crest College decided to do a class project on the Neuman Systems Model of Nursing—a model designed to provide a holistic overview of the physiological, psychological, sociocultural, and developmental aspects of human beings—they didn’t just read a book on the model, they got insight from the person who “wrote the book” on the model: Dr. Betty Neuman.

The students talked to Dr. Neuman via the telephone earlier this semester, and were pleasantly surprised when Dr. Neuman agreed to travel from her home in Ohio to Cedar Crest on October 22 and help them present the Neuman Model to the graduate-level Conceptual and Theoretical Foundations of Nursing class. Those who attended were similarly captivated by the nursing pioneer.

“Betty Neuman helped frame and develop not only where nursing is now, but where it’s going to be in the future,” said student Eileen Fruchtl, a Kempton resident who works at Lehigh Valley Hospital. “To have the opportunity to hear her voice, to see her expressions and understand what she believes, rather than just reading a book, was exciting.”

Alicia Afif of Allentown, a nurse at St. Luke’s Hospital, had similar thoughts.

“It was very inspirational to be taught by a leader in the profession,” she said. “She told us, ‘Your role as a human being is to help people, whatever it takes.’ Dr. Neuman made me feel pride to be part of the profession, and reminded me that being a nurse is important.”
Cedar Crest College Nursing Program Director Laurie Murray recommended that students contact living nursing theorists in an attempt to gain a better understanding of their internationally accepted views. In addition to Dr. Neuman, another highly regarded theorist, Dr. Rosemarie Rizzo Parse—currently a consultant and visiting scholar at the New York University College of Nursing—spoke to students in the class via telephone on November 12.

“For our students to have the opportunity to have real interaction with the brightest scholars in the field of nursing is amazing,” said Murray. “I am certain that what these students have learned from Drs. Neuman and Parse will never be forgotten.”

Most of what students learn in the Cedar Crest College Nursing Program is carried forward into hospitals, doctor’s offices, health clinics, and other healthcare venues. The campus graduated 110 students during the 2007-08 academic year, and the vast majority of those students—nearly 95 percent—passed their nursing licensure exam upon earning their bachelor’s degrees. The campus began offering a Master of Science in Nursing degree less than a year ago, and has already enrolled 24 students.

“We are excited about the new graduate degree program and the opportunity to further serve the needs of nurses and the healthcare community in the Lehigh Valley and beyond,” said Murray.

For information on nursing degree programs at Cedar Crest College, including the Master of Science in Nursing degree, go to http://www2.cedarcrest.edu/academic/nur, or call 610-740-3780.


Press Contact: David Jwanier, media relations associate, 610-740-3790.


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