Jean Watson's Theory Of Human Caring: Applying It To My Own Practice

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WATSON CARING 10 Jean Watson's theory of human caring: Applying it to my own practice Introduction Many nurses including myself entered the field because they see themselves as 'caring' individuals. Of course, merely being a caring human being is not enough to succeed as a nurse. One must also receive extensive technical training in the discipline of medicine. Nursing requires the balance of human, caring intangible factors with the need to provide physical assistance. This tension between the 'caring' component and the medical component of nursing has been exhibited throughout the development of nursing a separate discipline from other fields of medical practice and there is often tension between these two paradigms. On one hand, nursing wishes to make a claim for itself as a discipline that it is scientifically rigorous and based upon empirical evidence. On the other hand, nursing also claims to be patient-focused and to treat the spiritual and psychological needs of the patient in a unique fashion. To balance these two components, Jean Watson's theory of human caring introduces what Watson calls the concept of the 'caring moment.' Nursing is based upon the construction of a series of caring moments which forge an effective relationship between nurse and patient. Watson's conception of nursing is intensely individualistic, in contrast to a generalized, empirical approach that suggests there are certain 'best practices' for all patients. She writes: "I wonder if we

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