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UOP Nursing 403|
Watsons Theory of Human Caring
Ester Van Baren, MSN, RN|
Laurie Spangler

In this critical think paper I will explore Jean Watson’s theory of Human Caring by defining the “caring moment” as stated in her theory, describe major concepts and background of the theory, relate how the patient-nurse interaction is defined as the “caring moment” while exploring what I learned about myself during the interaction. I will explain how the patient perceived the care and what could be done to enhance the “caring moment”. I will describe how the nursing metaparadigm relates to the “caring moment”. I will also explore the carative factors described in Watson’s theory and their utilization in the caring moment. Jean Watson was a pioneer in nursing. Born in 1940 in Virginia, she obtained her Doctorate degree in 1973. By 1979, she had developed the foundation for her Theory of Human Caring and included the ten carative factors, which we will later discuss. According to the website it states “the key concepts of Watson’s theory are her proposal of the nursing’s purpose, defining the main purpose of nursing as to assist the patient to gain harmony within the mind, body, and soul. People’s external and internal factors, such as the past, present, future, nature, human made, cosmic or psychic, have the great affects in their lives. Those factors are incorporated and undividable from people’s lives until they die. Watson defined health as the unity and harmony within the mind, body, and soul that is congruent with the person’s perceived and experienced self” (2013). Her theory consisted of three main concepts including Carative Factors, A transpersonal Caring Relationship, and caring moments. The carative factors focus on Spiritual, emotional, and care-giving factors that are incorporated with clinical care factors. The transpersonal caring relationship is mutual between the nurse and...
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