Watson's Theory Of Human Caring Essay

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Watson's Theory of Human Caring Sandra Nelson Nursing 403 07 March 2011 Karen Benjamin Watson's Theory of Human Caring This paper will give a brief background description of Jean Watson theory, her concepts, apply theory to nurse/patient interaction, and analyze major theory assumptions related to person, health, nursing, and environment. Watson’s model of caring is powerful in the effective treatment of patients. Watson theory has had a momentous effect in today’s nursing practice and she continues to develop new patterns and contributions to science. Jean Watson was born in West Virginia and moved to Boulder, Colorado, in 1962. She attended the University of Colorado and earned a bachelor of science in nursing and psychology. Jean continued and received her master’s degree in psychiatric- mental health nursing. In additional she earned her Ph.D. in education psychology and counseling. She taught at the University Of Colorado School Of Nursing and is the founder of the center for Human Caring in Colorado. She has written many brooks discussing her philosophy and theory of human caring. The three major elements of Watson’s theory are the carative factors, the transpersonal caring relationship, and the caring occasion/caring moment (Cara, 2009). The carative factors were developed in 1979, and later rewritten in 1988. They are the basic foundation and core of nursing today (Watson, 1979). Jean Watson Model of Caring is highly developed extension of Nightingale’s basic concepts of human caring. Watson’s theory advances clinical notions of healing to more emotional and humanistic levels. The theory encompasses caring for the patient and the nurse. The caring is visible to the patient and other. Her theory states that in order for the nurse to care for the patient, the total patient must be assessed with a clear mind and spirit, no allowing the mind to

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