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Margaret A. Newman



Dr. Margaret A. Newman

RN Ph.D.

Margaret Newman felt a call to nursing for a number of years prior to her decision to enter the field. During that time she became the primary caregiver of her mother, who became ill with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Upon entering nursing at the University of Tennessee, Memphis. Dr. Newman knew almost immediately that nursing was right for her. The phenomenon of the human being in the complexity of health and illness was challenging and demanding, as she has said, of the "best of my intellect as well as the utmost of my humanness" (Newman, 1986; 1994). A year after receiving her baccalaureate degree in nursing she entered graduate study in medical-surgical nursing at the University of California, San Francisco, receiving her master's degree in 1964. During the three-year interim before resuming graduate study, she served in a joint capacity as director of nursing of a clinical research center and assistant professor of nursing at the University of Tennessee in Memphis.

The next ten years were spent in graduate study (Ph.D., 1971) and teaching (1971-1977) at New York University. She began to develop her ideas and research about nursing theory as both a student and colleague of Martha Rogers. In the fall of 1977, she assumed the position of professor-in-charge of graduate study in nursing at Penn State. In response to an invitation to speak at a conference on nursing theory in New York in 1978, Dr. Newman pulled together her ideas on theory of health and presented them for the first time. At the same time she was pursuing research on the relationship of movement, time and consciousness, and was expanding the development of the theory of health as expanding consciousness. In 1984 she assumed a position as nurse theorist at the University of Minnesota, continuing the development of the theory and related research with the assistance of graduate students. She retired from teaching in 1996. (Extract from University of Tennessee Health Sciences Library and Biocommunications Center)

Available Publications



Giving Voice to What We Know: Margaret Newman's Theory of Health as Expanding Consciousness in Practice, Research, and Education
This text serves as a guide for those looking to expand their basic knowledge about Margaret Newman's theory of Heath as Expanding Consciousness. It gives clear examples of theory-based practice models generated by Newman's clinical scholars, and features a chapter based on a recent conversation among Newman scholars from around the world. The book's focus on the nurse-patient relationship is a model not only for the practicing nurse, but for organizations looking to enhance patient and family-centered care as well.
Paperback: 233 pages
Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Publishers (August, 2004)
ISBN: 0763725722

A Developing Discipline: Selected Works of Margaret Newman
Paperback: 307 pages
Publisher: Jones & Bartlett Publishers (August 1, 1995)
ISBN: 088737638X

Margaret Newman : Health as Expanding Consciousness (Notes on Nursing Theories)
Margaret Newman is one of the pre-eminent nursing theorists whose qualitative theories and methods have expanded the scientific base for the field. Her theory defines health as the unfolding or expanding of consciousness and nursing as an integrative force that focuses on the wholeness of the person.
This volume offers a clear guide to applying theory to practice with individual, family and community health. Marchione's work reflects several years of experimentation and application of Newman's theory.
Paperback: 63 pages
Publisher: SAGE Publications (December 15, 1992)
ISBN: 0803947976


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