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Area nurses invited to UMFK Alumni and Friends Day

September 10, 2004

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The University of Maine at Fort Kent is inviting all area nurses and all others interested in participating in the educational workshops and other activities planned for its first ever Nursing Alumni and Friends Day.

The event will be held in conjunction with UMFK's annual "Come to Campus Days" on September 18th.

Activities will start off with a brunch featuring keynote speaker Dr. Betty Neuman, who will speak about "Holistic Perspectives in Nursing," at 10:00 a.m. in the Nadeau Hall teleconference center.

Also included in the day will be a workshop session highlighting historical perspectives in nursing, campus and facility tours, an alumni banquet, and an evening of entertainment provided by UMFK faculty, staff, alumni, students and community members.

"We are fortunate to have a renowned theorist, Dr. Betty Neuman, join us to celebrate this special day by presenting her holistic nursing theory, which has guided nursing practice and research for many years," said Rachael Albert, associate professor of nursing and director of the division of nursing.

Dr. Neuman is recognized as a pioneer in the field of nursing involvement in community mental health.

She began developing the Neuman Systems model while lecturing on community mental health at UCLA in 1970. The goal of the model was to provide a holistic overview of the physiological, psychological, sociocultural, and developmental aspects of human beings.

In 1972, after a two-year evaluation, her model was first published as a "Model for teaching total person approach to patient problems" in Nursing Research.

Dr. Neuman received her RN diploma from Peoples Hospital School of Nursing, in Akron, Ohio.

In 1947, she moved to California and gained experience as hospital staff and head nurse; school nurse and industrial nurse; and as a clinical instructor in medical-surgical, critical care, and communicable disease nursing.

Dr. Neuman attended the University of California at Los Angeles with a double major in psychology and public health in 1957. She also received a bachelor of science in nursing degree at UCLA.

In 1966 she received a master's degree in mental health, public health consultation from UCLA.

She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Pacific Western University in 1985.

In 1998 she received a second honorary doctorate from Grand Valley State University, in Allendale, Michigan.

For more details about the upcoming UMFK Nursing Alumni and Friends Day or to register, contact Lena Michaud, administrative assistant at 207-834-7580 or at lmichaud@maine.edu.