Susan Kleiman, PhD, RN, CS, NPP
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Dr. Susan Kleiman is an internationally renowned scholar -- the author of the Book of the Year in Nursing Education "Human Centered Nursing: the foundation of quality care" -- the founder of the International Institute for Human Centered Caring and the standard-bearer of Humanistic Nursing Theory as formulated, articulated, and handed down by Josephine Paterson and Loretta Zderad. She offers meta-theoretical discussion and welcomes questions about the many concepts of Humanistic Nursing Theory, which is based on the idea that the defining event in nursing is the interaction between the patient and nurse (Paterson & Zderad, 1976). Some of the concepts Dr. Kleiman emphasizes are: (1) Being and Becoming, (2) the primacy of the nurse-patient relationship or connection, (3) noetic locus, (4) call and response, (5 authentic presence, (6)inter-subjectivity, and (7)the pathic touch. In today’s fast paced and rapidly changing health care environment the imperative of the nurse’s relationship with the patient is sometimes overlooked in deference to technology. Dr. Kleiman proposes that the importance of an individualized relationship with the patient is central to providing high quality nursing care. It i