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Nursing is caring. Nurses must care for those who are unable to care for themselves thus this theory is extremely appropriate. Caring is the core of most nurse’s practices and we want this theory to be reality but it does not always reflect the real world.Pragmatic. Jean Watson’s goals have always been to bring caring to the real life setting. She created the Watson’s Caring Science Institute and the International Caring Consortium to further her goals. The American Nurses Credentialing Center’s magnet hospital designation has created a newfound interest in theory-guided practice (Foster, 2006). There are positive outcomes for both patients and nurses, resulting from an innovative model of care based on Watson’s theory. Many hospitals have established Relationship Based Care (RBC) which is founded on the theory of caring. RBC includes caring for self, co-workers and patients. Scope. This theory has a comprehensive range and looks at the entire scope of caring in nursing. This may cause it to seem abstract and may dissuade nurses from applying it to their practice. It is appropriate as a middle-range theory but it is complex and can be difficult to understand. This theory does not specify precise guidelines on how to establish a caring-healing relationship. Nurses that want a concrete formula may not feel comfortable applying this theory (Alligood & Tomey, 2010).Significance. Even though the theory is broad and complex it is extremely applicable to nursing practice. Many educational institutions and hospital systems are incorporating this theory in their philosophies. The research generated from it is significant and has improved health outcomes and quality of life.Utility. This theory is practical for all ages and populations in the health care discipline. It is a very beneficial theory in nursing practice and much research has utilized it. Even though
CRITIQUE OF JEAN WATSON'S THEORY OF HUMAN CARING14the theory can be argued as abstract it has not stopped its utilization in a wide variety of research in nursing.Research Generated and Theory ApplicationThere are many research studies available that utilized Watson’s Theory of Caring. One research study applied this theory to a group of 52 patients with hypertension in four health care groups in Turkey (Erci et al., 2003). These patients were asked to partake in a research project related to nursing care. After they accepted, blood pressure measurements were taken and questionnaires involving demographic and quality of life were given. Each nurse researcher was trained in the use of Watson’s Theory of Caring and the 10 carative factors (Erci et al., 2003). This training served as the foundation of the caring process (Erci et al., 2003). Each week for a three month period the researchers visited the patients to measure their blood pressure. The foundation of the caring process was the training based on Watson’s theory. The results revealed a statistically significant difference between the mean scores of general well-being, physical symptoms and activity, and medical communication. Significant differences in systolic and

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