Jean Watson Nursing Theory
Cleveland State University
October 12th, 2017
Jean Watson has quickly become one of the most influential theorists for the nursing profession of the 20th century. Since the introduction of Watson's Theory of Human Caring in 1979, Nurses have been provided with a guideline that allows them to develop a trans-personal relationship with their patients. This allows the nurse to become the patient’s environment by following ten distinct carative factors ultimately developing meaning for a caring profession and makes nursing a rewarding profession. This essay will provide an insight into the seminal aspects of Jean Watson's theory as well as …show more content…
Nursing would have to prepare itself for an everlasting impact as Margaret Jean Watson was born. Jean Watson was born into a family of eight children with her being the youngest. She grew up in “a small town in West Virginia close to the Appalachian Mountains” (Mullins, 2011, para. 2). Once Watson had reached the the age that she was ready to marry, she married her current husband and moved to his home state. Her Impact on the profession of Nursing and the care that patients in many hospitals around the globe would be felt as she moved to Colorado to continue with her advanced education and formulate her Theory of Human Caring between the years of 1975-1979. With the introduction of this theory into the nursing realm, a shift was created moving towards a more caring relationship between nurses and patients. The Seminal aspect of Watson's theory, major contributions to the nursing profession, and the personal influence Watson and her theory will have on the author as they begin the process of constructing their nursing process make this her one of the most influential theorists of the 20th …show more content…
3-4) This work is considered by Watson as blueprint to be used for nursing as I evolves. The field of nursing is an ever-evolving profession and the ten carative factors have been reworded into the ten clinical caritas to help nurses implement the carative factors into their work (see Appendix A for clinical caritas conversion) .
Trans-personal Caring Relationship The second of the three prominent aspects for the Theory of Caring is the need for a trans-personal relationship. A development of a trans-personal relationship requires the effort of the nurse to connect with the patient not only physically but also spiritually showing an emphasis on truly caring for the one in need. Obtaining a trans-personal relationship allows the nurse to feel what the patient is going through creating a sympathetic environment. Transpersonal nurses tend to have the ability to “center consciousness and intentionality on caring, healing, and wholeness, rather than on disease, illness, and pathology” (Watson, 2017, p. 7). Once a relationship is developed between the nurse and the patient, the nurse achieves a stronger sense to bring their patient to a state of better health as well as educate them on how to stay