Message from the President
By Brenda L. Moffitt MSN, APRN, CNS-BC
I hope you are experiencing as nice of weather where you live as we are in Kansas. Here it is in early March and it is 75° today.
Please read in the newsletter about the 2015 retreat and the 2016 conference. There has been a lot of planning to ensure these will be beneficial to people using or interested in Modeling and Role Modeling theory (MRM).
The topic for the retreat will be developing an online journal for MRM. The Executive Board has been discussing this type of journal possibility.
We would like to have your input. So Join Us at Lake Lawn Lodge in Delavan, Wisconsin in May.
For the 2016 conference, we will be returning to San Antonio. The conference planning committee is hard at work to offer a meaningful event. The retreat is always a great time to connect with others. Please check out the revised website. There are new features and information available. For additional information go to: www.mrmnursingtheory.org.
The following statements were written by RN-BSN students from Metropolitan State University at the end of their holistic nursing theory course based on MRM theory. Students were asked to respond to the question “In what ways, if any, has MRM theory change your views on or practice of nursing?”
“Modeling and Role- Modeling theory has greatly enhanced my nursing view and treatment and my focusing on the whole person. It has allowed me to use knowledge of where the person is in the stage of development and state of stress when considering interventions…” - Kari Young
“I believe that MRM theory has changed my view of practice by making me think about how the client views the world and focusing more on the client that paperwork. Now I know how to teach the client self-care and to identify self-care knowledge, resources, and actions.” - Tyra Hua
“I think that MRM theory has allowed me to view the client on a more holistic level and, instead of analyzing things from my perspective, truly seeing the world through their eyes…” - Kilah Berry
MRM “has opened me up to a greater awareness of all of us coming from unique backgrounds with different views for the path ahead. This has promoted a sense of greater appreciation and more desire to see things outside the expected.” - Maggie Eiffler
The purpose of SAMRM is to advance the development and application of MRM theory. Mentoring is one way to support individuals in utilizing the theory in research, practice, and education. The Executive Committee is developing a mentoring program and needs your help.
The SAMRM website now lists experts in MRM theory. As the website is updated, the list of experts will be changed to list those of you who are willing to serve as mentors. You do not need to know everything about the theory to serve as a mentor. You may focus your mentoring in one or more areas of theory application. Listed below are definitions and the criteria that have been established for the mentoring program:
Mentoring: Providing expertise to individuals/organizations without compensation.
This is a short-term arrangement that does not require expense for the mentor.
Consulting: Providing expertise to individuals/organizations with compensation.
This is a negotiated arrangement between the individual consulting and the institution (SAMRM is not involved in this process).
Title: Modeling the Client’s World with Innovative Strategies
Date: April 5 - 10, 2016
Location: Doubletree by Hilton San Antonio Downtown, San Antonio, TX close to the Mexican Market and the world famous River Walk. This conference is sponsored by the Society for Advancement of Modeling and Role-Modeling and is Co-sponsored by the JoAnne Gay Dishman Department of Nursing, Lamar University.
Conference Theme: This conference provides a national forum for the discussion of strategies that facilitate the understanding of the client’s worldview and provide a foundation to facilitating the client’s health, well-being, and healing. Content and discussions will center on links to the Modeling and Role-Modeling nursing theory.
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS
A call for abstracts is open.
Please send your abstract, the Biographical Form, the Education Form, and Conflict of Interest Form electronically to Dr. Betty Jensen at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Nurses and other healthcare providers interested in holistic nursing, patient and family centered care, health, and healing are invited to submit abstracts for papers, workshops or symposia (due May 15th, 2015). Topics must be related to the conference theme and goals and can be 60 or 120 minutes in length. Clinical applications, case studies, research, and educational approaches are welcome. Content should be relevant to holistic nursing education, research, or practice and aligned with the holistic nursing theory of Modeling and Role-Modeling.