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Running head: THE HUMAN CARING THEORY 1 The Human Caring Theory by Jean Watson Jordan Stewart Advanced Theoretical Perspectives of Nursing November 24, 2018 Gail Sachs South University
THE HUMAN CARING THEORY 2 The Human Caring Theory by Jean Watson The caring theory developed by Jean Watson is a grand theory that is appropriate to apply to the practice setting of emergency nursing. Although, patients do not spend much time in the emergency room, during the short time they are there they feel as though they are in a complete crisis. They have no idea what is going on, they only know that something is wrong with them. In order to make a patient feel more calm and allow them to trust you with their life, there is a special relationship or bond that is formed between patient and nurse. Caring is a large part of nursing and the relationship you create with your patient is vital to improve their satisfaction and quality of care. The caring theory was designed to be used in all nursing areas. The theory describes how every patient comes from a completely different background, they have different views, abilities, types of education, and social status. Not every patient is going to have the same outlook and views as the nurse taking care of them. The main purpose of the theory is to show that despite all of these differences, there is a way that the nurse and patient can connect and have a relationship with one another (Butts & Rich, 2018, p. 548). Theorist’s background Watson grew up in West Virginia with eight other siblings. Her initial plan was to go to school and get a degree in literature. Unfortunately, when her father passed away from a heart attack she decided she wanted to dedicate her life to helping people and followed a dream to become a nurse (Kte’pi, 2016). Watson went to nursing school at Lewis Gale School of Nursing where she earned her registered nurse license in 1961 and then moved to Virginia where she went on to earn
THE HUMAN CARING THEORY 3 her bachelor’s in science of nursing at the University of Colorado in 1964. Jean Watson did not stop there. Following her bachelor’s degree she went on to earn her master’s degree in psychiatry and mental health from the University of Colorado Medical Center in the year of 1966 (Kte’pi, 2016). Watson continued to further her education and went on to pursue her doctorate. After completion on her doctorate in educational psychology, during her teachings she focused the curriculum around the theory of human caring (Butts & Rich, 2018, p.549). She focused on creating a model in where it shows a focus on holistic health care. She believed that the healing process begins within and the connections made throughout the process of healing are important to one another. Connecting within yourself and creating a harmony provided the framework to excel as a person physically and spiritually.

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