Background of theorists
Dr Zderad majored in psychiatric nursing,completed at doctorate at Georgetown Universityin philosophy with dissertation on empathy.
Dr Paterson majored in public health, completeddoctor of nursing science degree at BostonUniversity – dissertation in comfort.
Met in the 1950’s whilst working at CatholicUniversity, where their task was to create a newprogram that would include psychiatric andcommunity health components as part of thegraduate program
friendship that has lasted over 35years.
Shared experiences, ideas and insight to form a conceptthat evolved into the formal Theory of Humanistic Nursing.