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Remembering Margaret Newman


On December 18, 2018, Margaret Ann Newman, prolific nurse author, teacher and theorist, passed over to the great beyond. Margaret authored several notable articles in ANS, was frequently cited in ANS and other journals, and she was a dedicated supporter of ANS since the founding of the journal. Her writings expanded the nursology horizon over the past 40 years with her thought-provoking work. She advanced the knowledge of the discipline of nursing, and has been a key figure in the development of nursing theory.

Margaret was born on born on October 10, 1933 in Memphis. She received a BA degree from Baylor University. After college she returned to Memphis to care for her mother, who had Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (Lou Gerig’s disease). Having learned from her mother that one can be healthy even in the face of disease, Margaret felt a call to nursing and entered nursing school at the University of Tennessee College of Nursing. After receiving her baccalaureate nursing degree, she entered graduate nursing studies at the University of California, San Francisco and received her master’s degree in 1964.

Margaret returned to Memphis and served as UT Assistant Professor of Nursing and the UT Clinical Research Center Director of Nursing. Margaret spent the next 10 years at New York University—first in doctoral studies, receiving her PhD in 1971, and then as faculty. Dr. Newman assumed the position of Professor in charge of Graduate Studies in Nursing at Penn State in 1977, at which time she also organized an international nursing theory think tank. She introduced her theory of health as expanding consciousness in 1978 and published the earliest primer on developing nursing theory: Theory Development in Nursing (1979). In 1984, she assumed a position as nurse theorist and professor at the University of Minnesota, where she furthered the development and testing of her theory, working closely with doctoral students. In the 1980s, she served as a civilian consultant to the U.S. Surgeon General for Nursing Research. Dr. Newman retired from teaching in 1999, yet remained active for another 17 years advancing nursing theory, education, research, and practice through her presentations and publications, including her 7th book, Transforming Presence: the Difference that Nursing Makes (2008). Dr. Newman’s theory of health has been widely embraced around the world and her life will be commemorated in many countries.

For more information, visit these important resources

Nursology.net resources:

A Tribute to Margaret Ann Newman by Margaret Pharris
Health as Expanding Consciousness (HEC) Theory Page
Go to 2016 Newman Scholars Dialogue Page

Memphis Funeral Home obituary

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the fund for the Margaret Newman Endowed Chair

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. lisanem57 #

    Sad, may she sleep in Peace.

    On Thu, Jan 10, 2019 at 12:50 PM ANS: Advances in Nursing Science Blog wrote:

    > Peggy Chinn posted: “On December 18, 2018, Margaret Ann Newman, prolific > nurse author, teacher and theorist, passed over to the great beyond. > Margaret authored several notable articles in ANS, was frequently cited in > ANS and other journals, and she was a dedicated supporter o” >

    January 10, 2019
  2. Marlaine Smith #

    Today Margaret’s memorial was held in Memphis. Dottie Jones, Carolyn Graff and I shared remembrances of Margaret. She was an incredible scholar, an innovative thinker who pushed the boundaries of our disciplinary discourse….. a teacher, mentor, artist and dear friend to so many. Those in her circle who were not familiar with her contributions to nursology were in awe as they heard about her accomplishments…they had no idea!!
    Her transforming presence remains with us.
    ❤️

    January 10, 2019

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