Essay about Analysis Of Watson 's Theory Of Caring

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Analysis of Watson’s Theory of Caring in Research Practice
The theory of transpersonal caring is best expressed by Dr. Jean Watson (1999) as a “special kind of human care relationship – a union with another person – high regard for the whole person and their being-in-the-world (as cited in Alligood, 2014, p.82).” The process by which one achieves the goal of transpersonal caring is broken down into 10 caritas.
Originally, the 10 caritas were called carative factors but Watson used the word caritas – a Latin word which means charity or love, to make the distinct connection that nurses play in the care of their patients. These caritas have been used in a variety of manner throughout their establishment as nursing theory and many research studies have been conducted into how they are used to improve various aspects of nursing. This was a major goal of Watson when creating the theory of transpersonal caring: She wanted incorporate empiricism but wanted it to focus on nursing rather than the broader scope of the sciences of biology, chemistry, or physics (Alligood, 2014, p. 84).
It is important that each nurse work to achieve the 10 caritas, these caritas are defined as:
1. Embrace altruistic values and Practice loving kindness with self and others.
2. Instill faith and hope and honor others.
3. Be sensitive to self and others by nurturing individual beliefs and practices.
4. Develop helping – trusting- caring relationships.
5. Promote and accept positive and negative feelings as…

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