Jean Watson Caring Theory and Assessment Tools Essay

1642 Words Jun 15th, 2012 7 Pages
Assessment Tools Analysis
Doreen M. Giglio
University of Phoenix
NURS/440
Professor Carol Dallred

Jean Watson’s theory of human caring focused on establishing a caring relationship with patients. She believed in treating them as holistic (mind, body and spirit) being (Watson, 1979). To further secure our understanding and relationship with our patients we can use our assessment tool analysis to better know them. Daily Hassles Scale, dysfunctional attitude scale and social support are the assessments that I have chosen to look deeper at the depressed population and community function. These tools should take me deeper on how this population might have gotten to where they are and why they are a vulnerable population.
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Dr. Jane Norbeck (developer) offers this questionnaire, free of charge, at nssq.zip (nurseweb.ucsf.edu). This questionnaire is design to see how one community or society trusts each other, the level of their support to one another and action to any need of the community. It shows how the involvement of the population and/or the lack of. This assessment is beneficial to non-profit organization one community is trying to establish. This questionnaire is put on to know if one organization can get enough support and volunteers. This is seen on a much organized neighborhoods and communities (Norbeck, et al. 1981). In 1981, Norbeck and colleagues performed initial testing of the NSSQ with 75 master’s students in nursing and 60 senior nursing students (Norbeck, et al. 1981). Reliability was established through analysis of internal consistency and test-retest measures taken a week apart. Very high levels of internal consistency and test-retest reliability were found for the functional and network properties, and medium levels for the loss items. At a 7-month retesting, medium levels of stability were found, and the instrument was sensitive to changes in the network composition over time. Although the network composition changed, the overall level of functional support remained stable. Validity of the NSSQ was tested in relation to response bias and concurrent, construct, and predictive validity. The results

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