Nola Pender was born in Lansing, Michigan, in 1941. As the only child, her parents were strong advocates for the education in women. As a child Pender expressed an early interest in nursing when her aunt was hospitalized. With the help and support of her family she pursued her desire to obtain a nursing diploma from the West Suburban hospital in Oak park, Illinois in 1962. She spent the next few years working in a medical-surgical until and a pediatric unit (Pender, 2013). She completed a BSN at Michigan State University in East Lansing in 1964. Only one year later in 1965, Pender earned an MA in human growth and development from Michigan State University. She received her Ph. D. in 1969 in psychology and education at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. She also completed master's level studies in community health nursing at Rush university in Chicago. Since 1990, Pender has been professor and associate dean for research at the University Of Michigan School Of Nursing (Pender, 2013). .
Pender has published many articles about exercise, behavior change, and relaxation training. The fifth edition of her book on her Health promotion model was published in 1996. She has received numerous awards for her contributions to the health care field. She received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Midwest Nursing Research Society in 2005. She was awarded an honorary doctorate of science degree in 1992 from Widener University. She was given a Distinguished Alumni Award from the Michigan State University School of Nursing in 1972 (Pender, 2013).
There are a number of health models available to assist individuals with changing problem behaviors. The health model that I chose to use was the developed by Nola Pender and is called the Health Promotion Model. Pender devised this model after observing that patients would only seek out health care after they had fallen ill and experienced compromised lives (Sitzman & Eichelberger, 2011, p.