Jean Watson

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The Theory of Jean Watson Sheila A. Arao, RN University of Saint Louis Tuguegarao Abstract Dr. Jean Watson She was born on June 10, 1940 in Williamson, West Virginia, USA. She pursues her education of BSN in University of Colorado, 1964, Masters in University of Colorado, 1966, and doctoral degree in University of Colorado, 1973. Jean Watson’s Theory of Nursing Care is a middle-range theory that focuses on the interconnectedness of patient and nurse. Nurses play a vital role in their patients’ life and by developing caring behaviors, they could facilitate healing. This theory also focuses on authentically caring about the whole patient and understanding the power of a meaningful therapeutic relationship. Watson believes…show more content…
She uses the term carative to contrast with conventional medicine’s curative factors. Her carative factors attempt to “honor the human dimensions of nursing’s work and the inner life world and subjective experiences of the people we serve”. In all, the carative factors are comprised of 10 elements: 1. The formation of a humanistic- altruistic system of values * Begins developmentally at an early age with values shared with the parents. * Mediated through ones own life experiences, the learning one gains and exposure to the humanities. * Is perceived as necessary to the nurse’s own maturation which then promotes altruistic behavior towards others. 2. Faith-hope * Is essential to both the carative and the curative processes. * When modern science has nothing further to offer the person, the nurse can continue to use faith-hope to provide a sense of well-being through beliefs which are meaningful to the individual. 3. Cultivation of sensitivity to one’s self and to others * Explores the need of the nurse to begin to feel an emotion as it presents itself. * Development of one’s own feeling is needed to interact genuinely and sensitively with others. * Striving to become sensitive, makes the nurse more authentic, which encourages self-growth and self-actualization, in both the nurse and those with whom the nurse interacts. * The nurses promote health and higher level functioning only when they form person to

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