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Hildegard Peplau



Hildegard Peplau


(1909 - 1999)

Hildegard E. Peplau, PhD, RN, FAAN, known as the "mother of psychiatric nursing," died at the age of 89 on March 17, 1999. The only nurse to serve the ANA as executive director and later as president, she served two terms on the Board of the International Council of Nurses (ICN). In 1997, she received nursing's highest honor, the Christiane Reimann Prize, at the ICN Quadrennial Congress. In 1996, the American Academy of Nursing honored Peplau as a "Living Legend," and, in 1998, the ANA inducted her into its Hall of Fame. (Extract from the "Peplau leaves legacy of achievement" article below - Nursing World May 1999)

Hildegard Peplau's fifty-year career in nursing left an indelible stamp on the profession of nursing, and on the lives of the mentally ill in the United States. She wore many hats - founder of modern psychiatric nursing, innovative educator, advocate for the mentally ill, proponent of advanced education for nurses, Executive Director and then President of the American Nurses Association, and prolific author. Her life was often marked with controversy, which she faced with courage and determination.

Available Publications


Hildegard Peplau: Psychiatric Nurse of the Century
Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey. Bibliography of Hildegard Peplau's 50-year career in nursing. Peplau was the founder of modern psychiatric nursing, an educator, advocate for the mentally ill, and author of the book: Interpersonal Relations in Nursing. DNLM: Peplau, Hildegard E.
Hardcover: 488 pages
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company (June 1, 2002)
ISBN: 0826138829

Interpersonal Relations in Nursing: A Conceptual Frame of Reference for Psychodynamic Nursing
A reprint of the 1988 edition (Macmillan, UK) of Peplau's 1952 work, identifying for nursing some of the concepts and principles that underlie interpersonnal relations and transform nursing situations into learning experiences. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.
Hardcover: 335 pages
Publisher: Springer Publishing Company; Reprint edition (July 1, 1991)
ISBN: 082617910X

Interpersonal Relations in Nursing
Paperback: 360 pages
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan (July 6, 1988)
ISBN: 0333461126

Interpersonal Theory in Nursing Practice: Selected Works of Hildegard E. Peplau
Peplau, a seminal figure in psychiatric nursing, is best known for her theory that the interactive relationship between nurse and patient is itself a part of the therapeutic process. These papers, many not previously published, cover not only interpersonal relations, but also psychology, nursing education, and the role of theory in nursing. Acidic paper. Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or.
Paperback: 375 pages
Publisher: Springer Pub Co (November 1, 1989)
ISBN: 0826160603

Psychiatric Nursing
Availability: Out of Print--Limited Availability.
Publisher: Elsevier (June 1, 1995)
ISBN: 1873853238

Les relations impersonnelles en soins infirmiers
Publisher: Editions Masson (January 1, 1995)
ISBN: 2729604359

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