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The idea for the Society of Rogerian Scholars was born in the living room of Martha Rogers' New York City apartment in November, 1986. We were fortunate in having the opportunity to meet with Dr Rogers twice a month for ongoing inquiry into the Science of Unitary Human Beings. Realizing that few people had this opportunity, we explored how to facilitate discussion and networking efforts among the widest possible audience. We decided that the best vehicle would be a formal organization that could provide services such as publishing a newsletter and sponsoring seminars. We called ourselves the Dreamers' Think Tank. The dream is reality.


Since its advent as a profession heralded by the work of Nightingale, nursing has been responsible for the development of a body of scientific knowledge specific to nursing and for the imaginative and creative use of this knowledge in the art of practice. The nurturance of human beings is the ever-present and age-old concern of the nursing profession.

The Science of Unitary Human Beings provides a distinctive nursing frame of reference for viewing human beings, the mutual human-environmental process, and nursing practice. Nurses who are concerned with the Science of Unitary Human Beings are challenged to contribute to its conceptual, theoretical and practical development. Nurses are responsible for the logical analysis of the framework and the generation and testing of theories.

How nurses use knowledge derived from the framework to provide a service to society is as important as the knowledge itself. The thoughtful synthesis of the science and art of nursing is essential if the framework is to contribute to the fulfillment of the profession's mandate to provide nursing service to society. All nurses concerned with the development and use of the framework are responsible for engaging in open communication of ideas, questions, challenges, and refutations generated by the framework, and reporting scholarly work and practice in the nursing literature.

The Society of Rogerian Scholars is committed to fostering the development of the Science of Unitary Human Beings by providing a formal, organized structure for the stimulation, development, and exchange of ideas. The formation of the Society is predicated upon the belief that all nurses around the world should have a forum where questions, ideas, insights, and opinions related to the framework's concepts, theories, and use in practice are discussed.

The Society provides a structure to ensure open and speedy communication of current work and thinking within the framework and the most recent developments and revisions of its concepts, principles, and theories. The fulfillment of the mission and purposes of the Society will help to advance nursing as a science and thereby contribute significantly to the knowledgeable nursing of human beings.


Advance nursing as a basic science.
Explore the meaning of a philosophy of wholeness for nursing.
Foster the understanding and the use of the Science of Unitary Human Beings as a basis for theory development, research, education, and practice.
Provide avenues for dissemination of information related to the Science of Unitary Human Beings.
Create forums for scholarly debate.
Provide educational forums on the Science of Unitary Human Beings.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Society of Rogerian Scholars, Inc., is to advance nursing science through an emphasis on the Science of Unitary Human Beings. The focus of the Society is education, research, and practice in service to humankind.



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