Jean Watson's Theory Of Human Caring

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Jean Watson’s Theory of Human Caring “Consistent with the wisdom and vision of Florence Nightingale, nursing is a lifetime journey of caring and healing, seeking to understand and preserve the wholeness of human existence, and to offer compassionate, informed, knowledgeable human caring to society and humankind.” – Jean Watson
Jean Watson’s Theory of Human Caring was developed between 1975 and 1979 as “an attempt to bring meaning and focus to nursing as an emerging discipline and distinct health profession with its own unique values, knowledge, and practices, with its own ethic and mission to society.”(Morris, 2006, p.624) The concepts of Watson’s Theory of Human Caring were “derived from clinically inducted, empirical experiences combined with philosophical, intellectual and experiential values, beliefs, and perceptions about personhood, life, health and healing.” (Morris, 2006, p.625).
In Watson’s first book Nursing: The Philosophy and Science of Caring (1979) as referenced in the Encyclopedia of Nursing Research, The Theory of Human Caring includes major assumptions; caring can only be effectively demonstrated and practiced interpersonally, caring consists of carative factors that result in the satisfaction of certain human needs, effective caring promotes health and individual or family growth, caring responses accept a person not only as he/she is not but what he/she may become, a caring environment offers the development of potential by allowing the person to choose
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