Jean Watson

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Theorist: Jean Watson
July 20, 2011
John Bell
Grand Canyon University
NUR 502- Theoretical Foundations for Nursing Role and Practice Barbara Pate PhD, MPH, RN

Jean Watson has played a chief role in determining the connection among nursing identity and holistic healing. She has favored the addition of a new vision of nursing process within the nursing profession (Philosophy of Nursing, 2011). The alterations in the health care systems around the world have increased nurse’s responsibilities and assignments. Nurses must deal with patient’s increased acuity and difficulty in regard to their health care state. Even with such hardships, nurses must find ways to maintain their caring practice and Jean Watson’s caring theory can be seen as crucial to this goal. This paper will discover the essential elements of Watson’s caring theory and show how it can be applied in a practice setting.

Being educated by Watson’s caring theory allows us to return to our deep professional values. It represents the model of an ideal nurse. Caring supports our professional individuality within a setting where humanistic values are always tested. Sustaining these caring values in our daily practice helps excel the nurse from a position where nursing is observed as “just a job”, to that of a rewarding and satisfying profession. It not only lets the nurse practice the art of caring, to provide sympathy to ease patient’s and families’ grief and sorrow, and to promote their healing but it can also donate to increase the nurse’s own actualization (Philosophy of Nursing, 2011). Watson is one of the few nursing theorists who also consider the caregiver. Supporting these caring values is not only vital to our own health as nurses but also contributes to finding meaning in our work.

As nurses, we identify the significance of human caring as it relates to science, research, and promoting patients’ spiritual needs. Human conjunction at...
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