Betty Neuman Biography

Betty Neuman BiographyBetty Neuman is a nurse theorist famous for her Systems Model theory of nursing. Betty Neuman was born in 1924 on a farm near Lowell, Ohio. She is the daughter of a farmer father and a homemaker mother.  Betty Neuman completed her initial nursing education with double honors at People’s Hospital School of Nursing (now General Hospital), Akron, Ohio in 1947. She then moved to Los Angeles to live with relatives where she worked in variety of nursing roles that include hospital staff and head nurse, school nurse, and industrial nurse. She was also taught in what is now the University of Southern California Medical Center, Los Angeles, in the areas of medical-surgical, communicable disease and critical care nursing.

Betty Neuman had always been interested in human behavior; therefore she attended the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) with a double major in Public Health and Psychology. She completed her Baccalaureate Degree with Honors in Nursing in 1957 and then helped established and manage her husband’s medical practice. In 1966, she received her Master’s Degree in Mental Health, Public Health Consultation from UCLA. She received a Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology from Pacific Western University in 1985.
Betty Nueman’s first published book was Consultation and Community Organization in Community Health Nursing, in 1971.Neuman designed a conceptual model for nursing in 1970 in response to request from UCLA graduate students who wanted a course emphasizing breadth rather than depth in understanding the variables in nursing. Initially, the model was developed to integrate students’ understanding of client variables that extend nursing beyond the medical model. The Neuman model included such behavioral science concepts as problem identification and prevention. Neuman first published her model in 1972. She spent the following decade further defining and refining various aspects of the model in preparation for her book, the Neuman System Model: Application to Nursing Education and Practice. Further development and revisions of the model are illustrated in the second (1989) and third (1995) editions. Neuman stated that the fourth edition will offer an integrative review of use of the model with guidelines for application of the model in practice, research, education and administration.
Neuman has been involved in a wide variety of professional international activities since developing the Neuman Systems Model including numerous publications, paper presentations, consultations, lectures and conferences. Neuman has a wide range of teaching experitise and taught nurse continuing education at UCLA and in community agencies for 14 years. She is a Fellow of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy. She contuse in active, private practice as a licensed clinical marriage and family therapist, with an emphasis on Christian counseling.Neuman lives in Ohio and maintains a leadership role in the Neuman Systems Model Trustees Group, Inc. She serves as a consultant internationally for nursing schools theory-based practice.
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