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Running head: NURSING THEORY ANALYSIS1Nursing Theory Analysis Paper: Jean WatsonSadie GrierSouth University OnlineNSG5002Dr. DianaApril 1, 2018
NURSING THEORY ANALYSIS2Nursing Theory Analysis Paper: Jean WatsonJean Watson, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, (LL-AAN) is a well-known professor, author, and dean at the University of Colorado, College of Nursing. University of Colorado is where she obtained her undergraduate degree in nursing and psychology. She then obtained her master’s degree in psychiatric- mental health nursing, and became the United States first endowed Chair in Caring Science, all at the University of Colorado. She has held that position for over sixteen years. Watson later went to earn her PhD in educational psychology and counseling from the University of Colorado. Some of Watson accomplishments included but are not limited to a former president of the National League for Nursing, founder of the Watson Caring Science Institute, founder of the Center for Human Caring in Colorado, co- founder of the International Association in Human Caring and International Caritas Consortium and a member of the American Academy of Nursing. She is the author and/or co-author of over twenty books and have received eleven honorary doctoral degrees. In 2013, Watson was inducted as a living legendby the American Academy of Nursing. As of today, Jean Watson continues to contribute to nursing all around the world.Mid- range theorist Jean Watson has achieved many accomplishments throughout her nursing career. Unarguably, her greatest accomplishment she is most known for creating is the Theory of Human Caring. Watson used her personal experiences and journey to influence her development of the human caring theory (Butts, 2015, p.272). Watson also credited many theorists for influencing her early theory development. Today, the Theory of Human Caring is recognized all over the world and is used by many disciplines. This theory looks at the patient holistically, examining the mental, physical, spiritual, and emotional needs of the individual. When nurses apply this theory to daily practice, it encourages internal and external healing. Not
NURSING THEORY ANALYSIS3only will the nurse who is providing the care experience personal growth, the patient will begin to establish a trusting relationship with the nurse leading to an overall better outcome. It is evident, growth can be seen in the patient and the nurse. Watson believed having empathy, competency, using a holistic approach, and the effects of environmental influences were all crucial to deliver excellent care. The Theory of Human Caring is centered around the concept of caring and conserving human dignity. According to Cohen, “Watson focused on the philosophic and spiritual basis of caring and sees caring as the ethical and moral ideal of nursing” (Cohen, 1991, p.899). Watson believed the caring relationship between the patient and nurse was more valuable more than anything. Watsons theory spoke of the nurse- patient relationship instead of task and events the nurse should complete. Establishing the nurse- patient relationship, taking

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