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The Neuman Systems Model was originally developed in 1970 at the University of California, Los Angeles, by Betty Neuman, Ph.D., RN. The model was developed by Dr. Neuman as a way to teach an introductory nursing course to nursing students. The goal of the model was to provide a wholistic overview of the physiological, psychological, sociocultural, and developmental aspects of human beings. After a two-year evaluation of the model, it was published in Nursing Research (Neuman & Young, 1972). Neuman has since published three editions of the Neuman Systems Model. The Neuman Systems Model Trustees Group was established in 1988. This group was established for the perpetuation, presevation, and protection of the integrity of the model and any future changes in model must have the consent of the trustees (George, 1996).

Betty Neuman Biographical Information

  • Born near Lowell, Ohio.
  • Received RN Diploma from Peoples Hospital School of Nursing, Akron, Ohio
  • Moved to California and gained experience as a hospital, staff, and head nurse; school nurse and industrial nurse; and as a clinical instructor in medical-surgical, critical care and communicable disease nursing.
  • Attended University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) with double major in psychology and public health.
  • Received BS in nursing from UCLA.
  • Received Masters degree in Mental Health, Public Health Consultation fom UCLA.
  • Recognized as pioneer in the field of nursing involvement in community mental health.
  • Began developing her model while lecturing in community mental health at UCLA.
  • Her model was first published as a 'Model for teaching total person approach to patient problems' in Nursing Research.
  • Received doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Pacific Western University.
  • Received second honorary doctorate - this one from Grand Valley State University, Allendale, Michigan.


Neumans System's Model, written and presented by Patrick Heyman and Sandra Wolfe, University of Florida, April 2000