Watson's Theory of Human Caring

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Watson’s Theory of Human Caring Nursing has a vast history, and throughout time nursing has adapted and grown to meet the needs of its people. There are some nurses whom are well known and even in history books. These nurses noticed something missing and attempted to fill that gap. Nursing theories came about to help close the gap. Because no two people are exactly alike the theories offer ways a nurse can identify and attempt to meet the needs of his or her patients. Jean Watson is one of those nurses who formed a theory to help fill in a missing piece and close the gap to help nurses assist patients with adapting to, and accepting changes in their health statuses. Jean Watson is not only a nurse, but a nursing instructor, and a…show more content…
He drove himself to the hospital. This is where he has been a patient for over a week now, each day doing less and less for him-self. Since being in the hospital Mr. Doe has not been able to walk due to both the inability to put on his prosthetic legs himself and generalized weakness from being on bed rest so long. His right (dominant) hand has horrible tremors, and his left hand (side where his dialysis access is) has two necrotic fingers making even the task of feeding himself difficult. He is becoming depressed about the decrease in his self-care activities, but too proud to ask for assistance. This is causing his food intake to decline, his blood sugars to vary widely. Either extremely high from eating easy foods to hold or very low requiring IV medications to bring his blood sugar up to a safe level. Now he even becomes snippy or rude to staff members who feel they are trying to help him. Watson believes that a person “is a living, growing gestalt that possesses three spheres of being—body, mind, and soul—influenced by the concept of self” (Alligood, 2010, p 118-119). In other words, a person is only as healthy as he or she sees themselves, mentally, physically, and spiritually. Using factor five of Watson’s ten carative factors, promoting and accepting Mr. Doe’s expression of positive and negative feelings, the nurse learns that he is anxious about his future, worried about having more of his body parts cut off, and upset

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