Lydia Hall

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Lydia Eloise Hall



Lydia Eloise Hall

The "Core, Care, and Cure" Theory was developed in the late 1960's.  She postulated that individuals could be conceptualized in three separate domains: the body (care), the illness, (cure), and the person (core).

Hall believed patients should receive care ONLY from professional nurses. Nursing involves interacting with a patient in a complex process of teaching and learning. Hall was not pleased with the concept of team nursing--she said that "any career that is defined around the work that has to be done, and how it is divided to get it done, is a "trade" (rather than a profession).

Nursing functions in all three of the circles (core, care, and cure) but shares them to different degrees with other disciplines. For example, the nurse's function in the cure circle is limited to helping patients/families deal with the measures instituted by the physician. She felt that the care circle was exclusive to nursing. The core circle was shared with social workers, psychologists, clergy, etc. (Extract from WILLIAM D. AHRENS, MSN, RN University of North Carolina)

  • Care, Core & Cure - Nursing functions in all three of the circles (core, care, and cure) but shares them to different degrees with other disciplines. (Information from Nursingtheory.net)

  • Lydia Hall’s page at the Hall of Fame. -  American Nurses Association. Core, Care and Cure Nursing Model.

Last Modified: Thursday May 20, 2010

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