Contributor: Ellen E. Swanson
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The mandala emerged while I was working to release the lifelong power of hierarchical influences. For fifteen years I was determined to come up with a non-hierarchical way of organizing information. As this emerged, I needed help to know how to interpret the template drawing that finally came forth, so I asked a number of people what they saw. Hence the template name and interpretations are a compilation of what others contributed, demonstrating the mutuality and inclusiveness the mandala represents. Also see the list of resources below that informed this work.
A colleague noted how this related to Modeling and Role-Modeling Nursing Theory, about which I had no knowledge at the time. After reading about the theory and other holistic nursing theories, a Holistic Nursing Mandala was created. Concepts from the seven holistic theories prevalent at the time were included. This poster was presented at a Society for the Advancement of Modeling and Role-Modeling Conference. It was gratefully embraced. The Society then created a mandala for the Society as well as a mandala for MRM Theory itself (see below).
There are thirteen exemplars illustrating the application of mandalas in nursing:
- Nursing Organization
- Child Development
- “Know Thyself”
- Felt Sense Knowledge Application
- Dual Organizational Application
- Client Assessment
- Nursing Department and Neuro Unit
- Annual Appraisals
- Healing the Hierarchy
- Miscellaneous Responses to the Mandala
- Connecting Theory and Practice
- Healing Systemic Dis-ease
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About the author
Ellen E. Swanson, MA, RN, BSN, PHN, HNB-BC (Retired) had a 46 year career that included ortho-rehab, mental health, operating room, management, teaching, care managing, and consulting. For fifteen years she had a private practice in holistic nursing, focusing on health and wellness teaching and counseling. She served on the leadership council for the Minnesota Holistic Nurses Association for ten years.