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The Developmental/Health Framework Within the McGill Model of Nursing: “Laws of Nature” Guiding Whole Person Care

Gottlieb, Laurie N. PhD, RN; Gottlieb, Bruce PhD

Article Available Online Only for the January–March Issue

The Developmental/Health Framework (DHFW) within the McGill Model of Nursing (MMN) provides the foundational knowledge consistent with Nightingale's vision of working with the “laws of nature” to promote health and healing. The DHFW describes the processes, principles, and mechanisms rooted in the biological, developmental, and nursing sciences that are required to provide “whole person” care. The MMN provides a model of nursing based on a strengths-based approach within a collaborative partnership relationship. The DHFW has been used to modify the MMN to create a universal and comprehensive approach to nursing practice.

The Developmental/Health Framework (DHFW) within the McGill Model of Nursing (MMN) provides the foundational knowledge consistent with Nightingale's vision of working with the “laws of nature” to promote health and healing. The DHFW has been used to modify the MMN to create a universal and comprehensive approach to nursing practice.

School of Nursing (Dr L. N. Gottlieb), McGill University; Lady Davis Institute for Medical Research, Sir Mortimer B. Davis Jewish General Hospital (Dr B. Gottlieb); and the Biology Department, John Abbott College (Dr B. Gottlieb), Montreal, Canada.

Corresponding author: Laurie Gottlieb, PhD, RN, School of Nursing, McGill University, 3506 University St, Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3A 2A7 (e-mail: Laurie.Gottlieb@McGILL.Ca).

We thank Drs Patricia Benner, Nancy Feeley, and Susan French for their insightful comments and to Dr Kathryn Barnard who always inspires.

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