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Madeleine Leininger, RN, Ph. Born in Nebraska, she grew up on a homestead farm and attended small rural schools. She entered nursing school in Denver through the U. Cadet Nurse Corps, receiving her diploma in In , Leininger became the first nurse to complete a Ph. Her field work involved three years of study in two Gadsup villages in Papua, New Guinea.
Nurses who did not, Leininger argued, would find their patients noncompliant and their care ineffectual. As a teacher and academician, Leininger worked to develop models for formally instructing nurses in understanding and interacting with patients from different cultural perspectives, the basis for what today are called culturally competent care practices. In , she published Nursing and Anthropology: Two Worlds to Blend , the first book to elucidate her concepts of transcultural nursing.
She also played a key role in establishing transcultural nursing programs at several universities. In , while serving as the dean of nursing at the University of Utah, Leininger published the first textbook on transcultural nursing and care, Transcultural Nursing: Concepts, Theories, and Practices.
World Traveler Leininger spent much of her later career as a professor at Wayne State University and later at the University of Nebraska, but her consulting work took her around the world, working with nursing schools throughout the Caribbean, Europe, Africa, Russia and Australia.
More than 70 colleges and universities hosted her at one time or another. She died at her home in Omaha, Neb. View all Profiles in Nursing Articles. This article is from workingnurse. You might also like. Profiles in Nursing Lt. All rights reserved.
Madeleine Leininger: Transcultural Nursing Theory
Her theory is now a nursing discipline that is an integral part of how nurses practice in the healthcare field today. Madeleine Leininger was born on July 13, in Sutton, Nebraska. She lived in a farm with her four brothers and sisters, and graduated from Sutton High School. After graduation from Sutton High she was in the U. Army Nursing Corps while pursuing a basic nursing program.
Madeleine Leininger's biography
First published in ,   her contributions to nursing theory involve the discussion of what it is to care. Leininger was born on 13 July She earned a nursing diploma from St. She later studied cultural and social anthropology at the University of Washington , earning a PhD in Leininger held faculty positions at the University of Cincinnati and the University of Colorado ,  followed by service as a nursing school dean at both the University of Washington and the University of Utah.
Introduction The Transcultural Nursing Society, founded in , Members are active in consultation, teaching, research, direct care and in policymaking in national and transnational arenas TCN Website, www. Leininger, credited with saying, Caring is the essence of nursing, established the Caring Conferences in as a forum for nurse scholars interested in advancing caring knowledge to gather for formal presentations, informal dialogue, and to evolve research related to caring sciences. All this began in the s, when Madeleine Leininger became fascinated with anthropology, finding many concepts she believed were pertinent to nursing. She became the first professional nurse to receive a PhD in cultural and social anthropology, and her vision of the blending of two fields, nursing and anthropology, led to her Culture Care Diversity and Universality: A Worldwide Theory of Nursing.