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  1. Gottlieb, Laurie N. PhD, RN
  2. Gottlieb, Bruce PhD


The Developmental/Health Framework (DHFW) within the McGill Model of Nursing (MMN) provides the foundational knowledge consistent with Nightingale's vision of working with the "laws of nature" to promote health and healing. The DHFW describes the processes, principles, and mechanisms rooted in the biological, developmental, and nursing sciences that are required to provide "whole person" care. The MMN provides a model of nursing based on a strengths-based approach within a collaborative partnership relationship. The DHFW has been used to modify the MMN to create a universal and comprehensive approach to nursing practice.