Essay about Applying Jean Watson's Transpersonal Theory of Caring

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Jean Watson’s transpersonal theory of caring is about the need for the nurse to care for the patient’s values and experiences along with their fundamental needs (Ranheim, Karner & Bertero, 2012, p. 2). This theory became of interest to me when I first began my clinical rotation at a nursing home. Some of the nurses were cold and disinterested while interacting with the patients. While they addressed the patients’ immediate clinical needs, it was hard to see them express compassion or empathize with their patients. The first time I noticed this was when a patient expressed concern about her nurse not caring about her. After the patient told me this, I paid close attention to the way her nurse interacted with her. She was in
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2). Watson focuses on looking at the whole person with an emphasis on a person’s mind, body, and spirit. The whole being should be treated, rather than just the specific illness. "When a patient is recovering from a hip replacement they definitely want the hip fixed properly, however, there are other needs to be addressed such as loneliness, fear about being able to live alone again, or a misunderstanding about medications (Anderson, 2011, p. 8)."
The three main concepts of Watson’s theory involve the ten carative factors, the transpersonal relationship, and the caring moment (Noel, 2010, p.19). The ten factors include:
• Embrace altruistic values and practice loving kindness with self and others;
• Instill faith and hope and honor others;
• Be sensitive to self and others by nurturing individual beliefs and practices;
• Develop helping, trusting, caring relationships;
• Promote and accept positive and negative feelings as you authentically listen to another’s story;
• Use creative scientific problem-solving methods for caring decision making;
• Share teaching and learning that addresses the individual needs and comprehension styles;
• Create a healing environment for the physical and spiritual self which respects human dignity;
• Assist with basic physical,

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