The caring nature striven for is that which has the potential to “gently shake the world”, as Gandhi said, and to move healthcare toward the whole-person, whole-planet healing that Nightingale. This work continues to be an invitation to pause, intentionally create space for reflection and intention, and move into the world with a refined sense of purpose, presence, and authentic power. Caring Science is not the property of a particular profession or system; it does not belong to the annals of nursing any more than the halls of medicine, finance, or law. Nurses have simply been granted the privilege of ushering the texture of its message into the stratosphere; a nursing lens has been the kaleidoscope of sacred human interaction chosen for this tender phase of its being and becoming.
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Encompassing the wisdom of both established and emerging nurse leaders, this book demonstrates proof of theory in action and the influence of our great nursing legacy on today’s luminaries as they carve out new terrain to benefit current and future health care needs. Readers are handed both a guidebook and compass for personal-professional growth through the intimate narratives of nursing’s most adventurous pioneers, boldest activists, and emerging voices. The book includes chapters from renowned leaders who discuss aspects of their professional contributions in detail and guide the reader to unleash his or her future potential through the lens of nursing. These deeply connect the reader to one of the main intentions of the book: to assert and validate that nurses and a nursing sensibility are vital for the continued evolution of humanity and to ensure that dignity, humane caring, and compassionate, courageous leadership continue to pave the path for the profession and beyond. The book also encapsulates the experiences, messages, work to date, and future directions of accomplished and inspiring nurses who are continuing the conversations started by those who have laid the groundwork or claiming a new domain with which readers can coidentify. It further provides alternate views of nursing as a discipline, promoting leadership capacity for the reader and encouraging individuality and authenticity in nursing praxis.
The author’s, William Rosa, vision of nursing at the time was largely tainted by the experiences of his boyhood. Though he was initially very attracted to the idea of spending extended amounts of time with his patients, the potential flexibility of movement between clinical specialties, and the possibility of advanced education toward becoming a nurse anesthetist or nurse practitioner, he somehow maintained that deep-seated belief that nursing was a profession composed mostly of women, considered subservient and dispensable. Rosa recognized the need for nurses to become more conscious of their gifts and more awakened to their true purpose. He saw the need to reclaim and redefine intraprofessional identity and to educate nurses about how they are integral not just to the circumstantial unfolding of another’s illness but also to their lives and to their living.
Planetary health and the improvements to universal sustainability it implies, ultimately require an approach to engagement consistent with the ethics of Caring Science and One Mind–One Health–One Planet. This chapter’s purpose is to identify how Caring Science informs the ethical tenets of planetary health and how its theoretical framework can be expanded to include and promote a sustainable, safe, and inclusive world for all. It defines “planetary health” as it relates to nursing, healthcare systems, and universal well-being. The chapter identifies the role of the Caritas nurse in procuring planetary health for all men, women, children, and species, and in mutuality with the environment. It applies the ethics of Caring Science to the interprofessional, multisectoral, and transnational health agendas currently underway worldwide. The chapter helps the caring-healing nurse to develop an individual plan for engaging as a planetary citizen in personal-professional endeavors.
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The Essential Nature of Caring Partnerships: Contextual Relevance and Cross-Cultural Ethical Considerations
This chapter addresses partnerships manifested at the global level, although the approach to global partnership and lessons learned from our global partners may also be relevant to partnerships within our own diverse communities. Regardless of borders, it shares a common humanity with varying expressions of caring and manifestations of partnership, but all are grounded within Watson’s Caritas Processes. The exemplars of Haiti and Rwanda, two vastly different countries, demonstrate Caritas Processes in action. Choices were made in Haiti when 80 people instead of 15 people elected to participate in the beginning of a community change process. Caring opportunities were created in Rwanda that would benefit all partners representing large organizations that spanned the globe. In both exemplars, caring was rooted in the individual but impacted an entire community and even nations. Caring partnerships begin with each of us as fully committed individuals who practice our altruism through kindness and caring.
This chapter helps the caring-healing nurse to identify the relationship between reflective practice and Caring Science. It explains the various methods of reflection for working with self, partners, groups, organizations, and communities. The chapter helps the reader to apply reflective practice and Caring Science principles to one’s personal–professional life as a method of self-care and self-renewal. It also helps the reader to understand the role of reflective practice and Caring Science in creating systems and societies that flourish in caring, healing, health, and well-being. The values and principles of Caring Science are essentially sustained through an ongoing relationship with reflection and reflective practice. Combined, reflective practice and Caring Science provide a foundation for and direction on how nurses and other healthcare professionals can more deeply reflect on their own practice.
This book merges the full spectrum of Caring Science evolution and identifies a clear path for future growth and development. It provides an opportunity to experience the delicate space of praxis, as the examples of a living philosophy are made accessible to the reader. The book through personal narrative, exemplars, and discourses on Caring Science, helps the reader to understand the history, accomplishments, and vision of human caring as a serious ethical, ontological, epistemological, practical endeavor. Its intent is to create a compendium of cutting-edge literature related to Caring Science to inform and transform nursing practice. The book comprises 50 chapters and is structured with 10 sections, each focused on a particular theme. Section I assumes that nursing knowledge is evolving towards a unitary-transformative worldview, and the ontology of Caring Science is embracing the tenets of this unitary worldview. Section II describes explicit connections between established programs or initiatives and Caring Science. Section III discuses Caritas science literacy. Section IV is on caritas literacy as a foundation for nursing education. Section V focuses on how scholarly inquiry advances the epistemology of Caring Science in the areas of leadership, research, and education. Section VI explores epistemology of research, aesthetic knowing (healing environments), and Caritas Praxis. Section VII integrates Caring Science grounded in Watson’s Theory of Human Caring and the 10 Caritas Processes into large complex healthcare systems. Section VIII reflects the process of Caring Science and cross-cultural (transcultural) ethical significance that is being developed in many parts of the world. Section IX focuses on advancing disciplinary-specific knowledge grounded in a relational unitary worldview within the context of Unitary Caring Science. The final section focuses on how Caring Science can become a journey of personal and professional transformation engaging in aesthetic ways of knowing.
Caring Science is an extant theory of human relationship, guiding the profession of nursing with the understanding and application of a moral-ethical praxis that promotes, protects, and provides human dignity throughout the life continuum. It has transformed nursing by calling for a heightened ethos of human dignity in how nurses practice, educate, research, and evolve the profession. This chapter discusses Conscious Dying, a framework rooted in a human caring ontology, which strives to deepen the nurse healer’s awareness in tending to a patient’s dying and death. It helps the caring-healing nurse to embrace Conscious Dying principles amid complex pain and suffering. The chapter also helps the reader to self-reflect on Caring Science, Conscious Dying, and self-transcendence as elements of creating a healing environment for the dying one. It provides reflective inventories to illustrate the connections between Caring Science and Conscious Dying.
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Goal 17. Strengthen the Means of Implementation and Revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development
This chapter lists sustainable development goal (SDG) 17 and its associated targets. According to United Nations Sustainable Development (UNSD; 2016), the SDG 17 partnership targets include radical and progressive outcomes in finance, technology, capacity building, trade, and global systems. People must be clear about how to build equitable and relevant partnerships to achieve the outcomes required. First, global nurses need to know the resources available to them, be they human, financial, or material. Nurses leverage each of these resources in their professional partnerships in order to maintain standards of excellence, and a shortage of any one may result in thwarted or unrealized target achievements. Second, the elements that constitute an effective partnership should be clearly delineated, practiced, and supported. Third, people may consider adopting a holistic orientation toward communication in their approach to relationship building and partnership development.
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Goal 15. Protect, Restore, and Promote Sustainable Use of Terrestrial Ecosystems, Sustainably Manage Forests, Combat Desertification, and Halt and Reverse Land Degradation and Halt Biodiversity Loss
Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 15 attends to life on land: life beyond the human species and inclusive of both animal species and all ecosystems. It aims to protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss. This chapter provides the associated targets of SDG 15. Global nurses need to include the initiatives and targets of SDGs 14 and 15 in their community health education. The World Health Organization (WHO, 2015) suggested that people identify areas where biodiversity targets intersect with other SDGs and health outcomes. For example, more sustainable agricultural practices will positively impact the environment but may also improve nutrition and reduce noncommunicable disease burdens. The populations served have the right to understand how irresponsible businesses and practices, and the silence that is kept to protect their investments, impact billions of people worldwide.