Dr Jean Watson
Dr Watson is a distinguished professor and nursing theorist, who has both earned her doctorate (Educational Psychology and Counseling), and been awarded eight additional doctoral degrees from various countries. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Dr Watson at the Canadian Nursing Students’ Association in January, after she gave a keynote speech. It was an incredible opportunity to hear more about her background and how she became a nursing theorist, and to hear her elaborate on her current work on the Caritas Process.
- Embrace altruistic values and practice loving kindness with self and others
- Instill faith, hope and honour with others
- Be sensitive to self and others by nurturing individuals beliefs and practices
- Develop helping-trusting-caring relationship
- Promote and accept positive and negative feelings as you authentically listen to an other’s story
- Use creative scientific problem-solving methods for caring decisions-making
- Share teaching and learning that addresses the individuals needs and comprehension styles
- Create a healing environment for the physical and spiritual self which respects dignity
- Assist with basic physical, emotional, and spiritual human needs
- Open to mystery and allow miracles to enter
- Kate Bent, et.al. (2005). Being and Creating Caring Change in a healthcare system.International Journal Human Caring 9(3), 20-25
- Chantal Cara; (2003). Continuing Education.: A Pragmatic View of Jean Watson’s Caring Theory. International Journal for Human Caring. 7(3):51-61.
- Quinn, J., Smith, M., Swanson, K., Ritenbaugh, D. & Watson, J. (2003). Research guidelines for assessing the impact of the healing relationships in clinical nursing.Alternative Therapies. May/June 2003. 9(3): A65-A79.
Dr Jean Watson: Why are you here? What is your purpose?
Rob Fraser: Have you ever heard of centering exercises? If you are skeptical, have you ever pushed yourself to try it?
Image from: Vanguard Macneal Hospital