Watson's Theory of Human Caring

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Watson’s Theory of Human Caring

University of Phoenix

NUR 403

29 July 2014

Watson’s Theory of Human Caring

Nursing has a vast history, and throughout time nursing has adapted and grown to meet the needs of the people and society. Being that nursing is such an old and ever-growing profession, there are nurses who have come throughout the years and left their marks. These nurses noticed something missing and attempted to fill that gap with theories that are unlike those available, and aim to change the ways things are done. Because no two people are exactly alike, the theories offer different ways a nurse can identify and attempt to meet the needs of his or her patients. Jean Watson is one who helped fill in a gap in nursing care, by promoting nurses to assist patients with adapting to, and accepting changes in their health statuses.

Jean Watson is not only a nurse, but a nursing instructor as well as a published writer. She educated future nursing students at the University of Colorado, which was where she unintentionally formed her theory – The Theory of Human Caring (Alligood, 2010). The theory shows that a nurse should know his or her own perspectives and be open to the patient’s perspectives, thus building the caring nurse-patient relationship. The nurse can either help or interfere with the patient’s healing process, depending on how this nurse-patient relationship is developed and followed through.

Watson’s theory helps nurses examine themselves and their patients on a holistic level - mentally, physically, and spiritually. “In Watson’s theory, nursing is centered around helping the patient achieve a higher degree of harmony within mind, body, and soul, and this harmony is achieved through caring transactions involving a transpersonal caring relationship” (Suliman, Welmann, Omer, and Thomas, 2009, p 293). This
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