Essay on Bureaucratic Caring Theory

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Ray’s Theory of Bureaucratic Caring illustrates the importance of spiritual and ethical caring in relation to organizational cultures. Watson’ theory of Human Caring illustrates the fact that caring is central to the discipline of nursing. The paper will elaborate on Watson’s theory, Ray’s theory and then compare both theories.
The theory of human caring was developed in 1975 and 1979 by Jean Watson. Watson is also the founder of the Center for Human Caring. The theory is used to guide new models of caring and healing practices in diverse setting and in several countries. (Parker, 2006)
If we are to consider caring as the core of nursing, nurses will have to make a conscious effort to preserve human caring within their clinical,
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• Opening and attending to spiritual-mysterious and existential dimensions of one’s own life-death; soul care for self and the one-being-cared-for. (Watson, 2001, p. 347).

For Watson (1999), the transpersonal caring relationship characterizes a special kind of human care relationship that depends on:
• The nurse’s moral commitment in protecting and enhancing human dignity as well as the deeper/higher self.
• The nurse’s caring consciousness communicated to preserve and honor the embodied spirit, therefore, not reducing the person to the moral status of an object.
• The nurse’s caring consciousness and connection having the potential to heal since experience, perception, and intentional connection are taking place.
This relationship describes how the nurse goes beyond an objective assessment, showing concerns toward the person’s subjective and deeper meaning regarding their own health care situation. The nurse’s caring consciousness becomes essential for the connection and understanding of the other person’s perspective. This approach highlights the uniqueness of both the person and the nurse, and also the mutuality between the two individuals, which is fundamental to the relationship. As such, the one caring and the one

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