The Philosophy And Science Of Caring

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When looking at the word nursing, many things come to mind. The traditional image of a nurse is most common when looking at newspapers and cartoons in the paper. Hospitals are advertising with bright uniforms and smiles, along with stethoscope draped around their neck. The Oxford Dictionary defines a nurse as person trained to care for the sick or infirm, especially in a hospital. (Oxford Dictionaries-Luanguage matters, 2015) Nurses however are so much more than that definition. “Nursing is defined by its activities, goals, and services.”(Kearney-Nunnery, 2012, p. 4) Nurses are defined daily by their actions at work, their actions in the community, and their actions at home. The people that nurses service are always watching and always listening, nurses are leaders in the community and set an example that others will follow. The philosophy of nursing that really strikes home for me is that of Jean Watson. Watson developed “The Philosophy and Science of Caring” in 1979. Watson states, “Caring begins with being present, open to compassion, gentleness, loving kindness, and equanimity toward and with self before one can offer compassionate caring to others.” (Watson, 2008, p. 220) There are several areas in Watson’s nursing theory that really set the foundation: the three carative factors of the formation of humanistic-altruistic system of values, Faith-hope, and cultivation of sensitivity to one’s self and others. ("Jean Watson’s Philosophy of Nursing," 2012, para. 4) Watson
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