Nursing Theory Of Human Caring Essay
Jean Watson: The Theory of Human Caring
Malgorzata T. Guzda
NUR 410 Professional Roles, Issues and Nursing Theories
Jean Watson was born in southern West Virginia and grew up during the 1940s and 1959’s surrounded by extended family and community oriented environment. She graduated in 1961 from the Lewis Gale School of Nursing in Roanoke, Virginia.
Throughout her career, Watson’s Theory of Caring continued to evolve. Much of her current work began with the 1976 publication of Nursing: The Philosophy and Science of Caring, which began as class notes for a course she was developing.
Watson’s theory is classified as a middle-range theory which main focus is interconnectedness of patient and nurse. It augments the importance nurse plays in patient’s life. By focusing on authentically caring about patient as a whole and appreciating the power of a meaningful therapeutic relationship nurses can facilitate healing.
This theory is very significant to nursing practice and can be applicable to all fields of nursing.
This paper will explore Watson’s Theory of Human Caring, its strengths, and weakness in the acute care setting.
Analysis and Evaluation
The Theory of Human Caring introduces clinical caritas process to guide the nurse toward developing caring behaviors. Watson uses the Greek word ‘caritas ’to mean something that is very fine and indeed precious, [invoking] love (Watson, 2012).