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The Essence of Nursing Caring defines nursing as curing often defines medicine. Caring and nursing are so interwined that nursing always appeared on the same page in a Google search for the definition of caring. According to the dictionary definition of caring, it is a feeling and exhibiting concern and empathy for others; showing or having compassion . As the definition shows, caring is a feeling that also requires an action. Dr. Jean Watson’s theory is important to nursing due to the central concept of caring. Watson states that, “a caring attitude is not transmitted from generation to generation by genes. It is transmitted by the culture of the profession as a unique way of coping with its environment” ( 1979). Her…show more content…
Developed in 1979 and revised in 1985, Watson views the “Curative factors” as a guide for the care of nursing. One of her ten primary curative factors is the provision for a supportive, protective, and/or corrective mental, physical, socio-cultural and spiritual environment (1988). From the moment the nurse enters the patient’s room, a feeling of expectation is created. Watson believes that through the nurse’s attitude and competence, a patient’s world can become larger or smaller; brighter or dim; rich or dull, threatening or secure(1988). In helping Mr. K. settle in his room on admission, his environment must be arranged so that he can feel at ease. The goal of nursing with Watson’s theory is to create a healing environment whereby wholeness, beauty, comfort, dignity, and peace are potentiated. To achieve this goal, attention must be given to the cleanliness, privacy, safety, light and comfort measures. Health Health corresponds to a person’s harmony or balance within the mind, body, and spirit related to the degree of congruence between the self as perceived and the self as experienced. Watson believes that a person’s health is a subjective experience and a higher degree of health will be present if the harmony that comes from the ability to experience one’s real self exists(1988). Mr. K’s perspective about his health must be thoroughly assessesed. Thus questions that prompt him to think about his mindset about his health

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