The Balance Concept in Health and Nursing

A Universal Approach to Care and Survival

by Daisy Magalit Rodriguez



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 3/4/2014

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 7.5x9.25
Page Count : 260
ISBN : 9781491722220

About the Book

The central idea in this book is the concept of balance composed of five universal elements that support survival of all human beings—adaptation, equilibrium, homeostasis, needs and health—and how it applies to health and nursing. Behavior is the key that unlocks these elements through interaction with the internal and external environments. The concepts of imbalance, personality, open systems, behavior pyramid, culture, technology, and physical forces are viewed as influences that affect behavior. Using existing related concepts and theories derived from the social, nursing, and physical sciences, a novel view of the health-illness continuum was conceptualized. From this theoretical background, a new nursing model was developed – the Balance-Health Nursing Model (BHNM) using balance as a framework in the nursing process. A Balance Health Assessment Tool was developed with a sample case study to demonstrate its use. This view of balance offers an alternative approach to health and illness and the role of nursing and other health care professionals in their practice settings.

About the Author

Author Biography: Daisy Magalit Rodriguez, MN, MPA, RN The author has a wide range of experience in nursing – from staff nurse to management positions in acute hospitals, and taught in nursing programs in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received the “2011 Nurse Educator of the Year” award by the Philippine Nurses Association of America.