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What are the major concepts of MRM?

Major concepts in MRM are related to the underlying assumptions and philosophical beliefs regarding how people are alike, how they differ from each other, and what nurses do. Concepts related to how people are alike include holism, mind-body connections, basic needs including the need for affiliated-individuation, and needs for lifelong growth and development. Concepts that reflect how people are different from each other include genetic endowment, the unique model of the world, adaptation, and self-care. Concepts related to the nurse and nursing role are facilitation, nurturance and unconditional acceptance.

What are MRM's basic theories?

  • Developmental task resolution (residual) and need satisfaction are related.
  • Basic need status, object attachment and loss, growth and development are all interrelated.
  • Adaptive potential and need status are related.

What are MRM's roles in nursing?

Facilitation: Helping client identify, mobilize and develop personal strengths in moving toward health.

Nurturance: Gently supporting and encouraging client to integrate all biophysical, cognitive and affective processes in movement toward health.

Unconditional Acceptance: Using empathy to fully accept person as worthy with no strings attached.

Does SAMRM provide any financial support?

Three types of awards are granted by The Society for the Advancement of Modeling and Role-Modeling (SAMRM): Outstanding Contribution Awards, Research Grants, and Honorary Membership.

When did SAMRM start?

The Society for the Advancement of Modeling and Role-Modeling, was established at The University of Michigan in April of 1986, under the guidance of Carolyn Kinney (organizer), Evelyn Tomlin, Helen Erickon, Mary Ann Swain, plus twenty-nine other nurses, by signing the SAMRM Charter.

How can I get started practicing MRM?

There are many various resources available to get oneself started. They include, but are not limited to: MRM books, researching various references, contacting MRM experts, and inquiries to both academic programs and health care agencies that teach and/or utilize MRM.

What can I do as a member of SAMRM?

SAMRM holds retreats and conferences, occcurring on alternating years. A retreat is expected to be held in 2011, with a conference in 2012. Even if you are not a member of SAMRM, you are invited to participate in our discussion Listserv, kindly hosted bt the University of Florida.

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