Watsons Theories of Human Caring

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Watson’s Theories of Human Caring
NUR /403Theories and Models of Nursing Practice
Priscilla Ricardo

Introduction. Watson defined therapeutic nurse-patient relationship as, “
Nurse’s are expected to portray and act professionally, legally and ethically in order to established an effective nurse-client relationship. The significance of an effective nurse patient’s relationship is critical to maintenance, promotion and recovery of patients in every aspect of life. It is central to meeting the patients care needs and therefore communication between the nurse and patients is the foundation on which this relationship is built. The techniques to establish a warm and mutual nurse-client relationship are vital to understand and needless to say important in practice in order to come up with healthy and quality outcome for the patient as well as the nurse.

Caring moment. “A caring occasion is the moment when the nurse and another person come together in such a way that an occasion for human caring is created. Both persons, with their unique phenomenal fields, have the possibility to come together in a human-to-human transaction” (Watson, 1988). The caring moment can be influenced by the actions and choices made by both the one being cared for and the one caring. The caring occasion becomes “transpersonal” when “it allows for the presence of the spirit of both-then the event of the moment expands the limits of openness and has the ability to expand human capabilities” (Watson, 1999, pp. 116-117).

Concepts of Watson’s theory of human caring. According to Watson (2001), the major elements of her theory are (a) the carative factors, (b) the transpersonal caring relationship, and (c) the caring occasion/caring moment. Watson reviewed the carative factors as a guide to the core of nursing. She used the term carative to relate to conventional medicine’s curative

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