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What is Nursing?

What Constitutes the Science of Unitary Human Beings?

Martha Rogers developed the Science of Unitary Human Beings as a Science of Nursing. Many of us who had the privilege of discussing our ideas with her, heard the words "It's a nice idea /study/ concept. It's just not consistent with the Science of Unitary Human Beings." While we had Martha's physical presence, she served as the ultimate arbiter of consistency with the science. She was always open to listen and discuss and evolve her science. She was equally willing to let us know when we were off course. Now those who study the science continue to advance the science and collectively discern what is and is not consistent within the Science of Unitary Human Beings.

This challenge is not always easy and leaves us with numerous difficult issues. What are the appropriate questions to ask, and which methodologies are congruent with the science and are suitable for use in investigating these questions? Can a given concept be conceptualized or defined to be consistent, and if so, will it be confused with other definitions that are less consistent? How do we incorporate the practice of the Science of Unitary Human Beings into a practice arena often dedicated to a particulate medical model? How do we incorporate Roger's science into educational curriculum in terms other than "It's really abstract and difficult to apply"? Most importantly, we struggle with the question of what does and does not advance the science?

Perhaps Martha herself may have provided us some guidance in answering these questions with her 1966 publication in The Education Violet.

Nursing's story is a magnificent epic of service to mankind. It is about people: How they are born, and live and die; in health and in sickness; in joy and in sorrow. Its mission is the translation of knowledge into human service.

Nursing is compassionate concern for human beings. It is the heart that understands and the hand that soothes. It is the intellect that synthesizes many learnings into meaningful administrations.

For students of nursing the future is a rich repository of far-flung opportunities--around this planet and toward the further reaches of man's explorations of new worlds and new ideas. Theirs is the promise of deep satisfaction in a field long dedicated to serving the health needs of people.

Prof. Martha Rogers, Ph.D., R.N.

The Education Violet, June 1966

New York University

Nursing is a science, a body of knowledge about unitary human beings. Nursing is an art, an expression of compassion using the scientific body of knowledge. Just as human beings are boundaryless, nursing is boundaryless. We are all students of nursing, exploring new worlds and ideas. The only limit we face is the limit we place on ourselves. While we must greet new ideas with scientific analysis and critical examination, we must also remain open to an evolving world in order to give those same ideas the opportunity to face the scrutiny that will guide the development of both the science and the art of nursing.

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Author:Bramlett, Martha H.
Publication:Visions: The Journal of Rogerian Nursing Science
Article Type:Editorial
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Jan 1, 2010
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