Jean Watson's Caring Science as Sacred Science - Theory of Human Caring

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Theory of Human Caring
All you need is love (and human caring)
"Caring is the moral ideal, and entails mind-body-soul engagement with one another"
Caring to know, Knowing to Care
Caring Science as Sacred Science

JEAN WATSON

I. BACKGROUND:

(Margaret) Jean Watson, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN
* Theorist - Jean Watson was born in West Virginia, US
* Educated: BSN, University of Colorado, 1964,
* MS, University of Colorado, 1966
* PhD, University of Colorado, 1973
* Distinguished Professor of Nursing and Chair in Caring Science at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Centre.
* Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing.
* Dean of Nursing at the University Health Sciences Centre and President of the National League for Nursing
* Undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing and psychiatric-mental health nursing and PhD in educational psychology and counselling.
* Six (6) Honorary Doctoral Degrees.
* Research has been in the area of human caring and loss.
* In 1988, her theory was published in "nursing: human science and human care".

"No one was giving voice to the human experience," says Dr.Watson. "I was longing for intellectual theories or values or a conceptual framework of what was happening with patient care and the human-to-human relationships."

II. WRITINGS:

Thesis and Dissertation:
Watson, J. (1973). The effect of feelings and various forms of feedback upon conflict in a political group problem solving
situation. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.

Books:
Nursing: The Philosophy and Science of Caring
Watson, J. (2008 in process) Assessing and Measuring Caring in Nursing and Health Sciences. Second Revised Edition. NY: Springer.
Watson, J. (2008 in print). Nursing. The Philosophy and Science of Caring. Revised & Updated Edition. Boulder: University Press of Colorado.



III. SUMMARY OF FINDINGS
Jean Watson's Caring Science as Sacred Science builds on her previous work, Nursing: Human Science and Human Care: A Theory of Nursing. This theory is one of the newest of nursing's grand theories, having only been completely codified in 1979, revised in 1985 (Watson, 1988), and broadened and advanced more recently (Watson, 2005). Watson called her earlier work a descriptive theory of caring and stated that it was the only theory of nursing to incorporate the spiritual dimension of nursing at the time it was first conceptualized.

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