Jean Watson's Theory Of Human Caring

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Framework of the Model- A critical theoretical approach to patient advocacy, Jean Watson's Theory of Human Caring represents a dramatic paradigm shift, and as a result, it has been a source of considerable controversy since its introduction. It is still considered a relatively new theory, with the first publication in 1979 in Watson's book Nursing: The Philosophy and Science of Caring (Watson, Nursing: The Philosophy and Science of Caring, 2008). Discussion abounds, possibly because of the implications of her theory challenge the applicability of nursing practice in the contemporary world of budget cuts and HMO's, as to less the validity and more the practicality of Watson's theory. For Watson, one cannot view nursing as just a science, but a combination of art and science that uses the process of caring to increase the ability of the healthcare profession to understand and mitigate disease. Caring, though, is really the core ethic of nursing and not just the verbiage, but the commitment and complete viewpoint towards the patient that is continually manifested in deed and thought. This caring paradigm goes far beyond any one individual nurse and produces acts of caring that transcend any one theory and become associated with a greater good holism and non-judgmental care (Watson, 1989, 32). The power of Watson is that she does not see humans in a vacuum, but as the compilation of many different experiences that work to enrich and enliven their lives, but that cannot ever
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