The author, Jean Watson, began to recognize that people could never know the subjective inner life world of others, but can be open to connecting human-to-human with others, realizing that one person’s level of humanity reflects on us all. Her journey as an ‘identified leader’ in nursing has taken her, and continues to take her, into the heart of nursing the soul of nursing, the sacred dimensions of nursing to be more specific. In summary, her so-called leadership has evolved from within, leading by following her inner passion, heart-centered vision, and ethical ideals of acknowledging and honoring that nurses hold a moral covenant with humanity to sustain human caring, health, and wholeness with dignity and informed moral compassion. The human sacred dimension of nursing is the bedrock and the moral motivation, which sets the value’s frame and serves as the moral map, vision, guide, and prophetic mentor into our future.
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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.
This chapter uncovers the synchrony of Caring Science theory with research and methods of Heart Science. It introduces an evolved method of CaritasHeart Praxis as a foundational guide, unifying intellectual-experiential ways of Being and Becoming. The chapter helps the caring-healing nurse to develop an evidence-informed heart-centered praxis of Caritas, informed by a new synthesis of Heart Science–Caring Science, philosophy, and theory. Evidence-informed, theory-guided nursing praxis is required for true healthcare reform. Caring Science Theory of Human Caring is deepened and extended by integration of heart-science healing practices. The CaritasHeart methodology generates a healing environment and contributes to person-center, caring-healing relationships. It is one-way forward toward evidence-informed Caritas Praxis. In addition, CaritasHeart methodology provides a Praxis Protocol for converging and translating Caring Science/Heart Science into exemplary, professional, authentic care, consistent with the public’s desire for whole person healthcare.
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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Linking the Unitary Paradigm to Policy Through a Synthesis of Caring Science and Integrative Nursing
Caring Science is based on the Ethic of Belonging and the Ethic of Face, developed by Emmanuel Levinas. The 10 Caritas Processes, informed by the values of Caring Science, operationalize nursing’s moral-ethical commitment to person-centered, relationship-based care. Although Caring Science provides the moral-ethical foundations of nursing practice, integrative nursing offers direction that can inform and shape both practice and policy. This chapter links the principles of integrative nursing to the Caritas Processes and aligns the tenets of the unitary paradigm with integrative nursing and Caring Science. It helps the caring-healing nurse to identify nursing interventions for a Caritas Nursing practice plan and define a policy agenda that promotes a healthcare system that embodies Caring Science and integrative nursing. The chapter also helps the reader to commit to a healthcare policy action plan that supports Caritas Nursing values and integrative nursing principles.
This chapter reports on a caring science research project, which measures patient’s experience of authentic professional human caring practices. This caring science practice approach applies to caregivers toward each other as well as patients/families and communities. The measurement assessment is Watson Caritas Patient Score (WCPS), capturing the patient’s experiencing of caring. The five items of the WCPS emerged from the Watson Theory of 10 Caritas Processes as universals of caring phenomena and foundational indicators of human caring. Response options for each item range from 1 (never) to 7 (always). The WCPS is a valid and reliable tool that may be used by nurse leaders who have built professional practice environments on the basis of human-caring theory to evaluate their effectiveness. The tool has successfully been used to compare caring staff behaviors across hospitals and unit types and has shown relationships to patient assessment of nursing communication and staff responsiveness.
This chapter elaborates the philosophical foundations of science, and the relevance of its metaphysical, cosmological, and ontological elements to the evolution of a Unitary Caring Science. Metaphysics is a branch of philosophy that addresses meaning regarding the fundamental nature of reality and Being going beyond the physical. Cosmology and ontology are subsumed under metaphysics. The reflections and understandings offered in the chapter illuminate the philosophical–metaphysical foundations of a Unitary Caring Science, revealing how paradigms of science can be critiqued in relation to their metaphysical philosophical grounding. The chapter affirms a perspective on the disciplinary foundations of nursing that places Caring within the metaparadigm of nursing and invites the conceptualization of Unitary Caring Science as a reflection of a maturing discipline. It describes caring theories within the unitary-transformative paradigm and offers a conceptual synthesis of philosophies grounding Unitary Caring Science with implications for praxis and inquiry in the discipline of nursing.
This chapter highlights some of the elements of Caritas Literacy in Japan that were introduced over 20 years ago. A backdrop of developments in Japanese caring science theory, including programs and activities, is offered as a historical context, reflecting devoted Japanese scholarship in caring science theory since the mid-1980s. It emphasizes the more recent caring and peace initiatives beginning with the First International Hiroshima Caring and Peace Conference, held in Hiroshima at the Red Cross Hiroshima College of Nursing, March 2012. Finally, the chapter closes with an overview of extant caring theory research, which provides some guidelines for Caritas Literacy—Japan, in relation to the caring environment. The participatory action research was an important milestone in Japan, helping nurses care for each other, thus creating a caring healing environment for all.
This book can serve as a guided learning text for any student, practitioner, educator, or administrator needing a graceful and inviting guide to translate and integrate the complexities of the abstract, philosophical-ethical worldview underlying the Human Caring Theory; finding ways to live out into concrete daily self-caring practices. It is organized into two sections containing 15 chapters. The book is arranged to provide a simple and direct method for learning about and working with Watson’s Theory of Human Caring. The first chapter describes the use of mindfulness to cultivate understanding of Watson’s Theory of Caring. Chapters two to four presents overview of Watson’s theory, Nhat Hanh’s mindfulness practices and perspectives, and Layers of Caring and Mindful Influence. Chapters five to fourteen describe each of Watson’s 10 Caritas Processes along with project abstracts that illustrate integration of the theory into professional practice in a variety of areas. The 10 Caritas Processes are as follows: embrace altruistic values and practice loving kindness with self and others; enable 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 and creative solution-seeking; share teaching and learning that addresses individual needs and comprehension styles; create a healing environment for the physical and spiritual self that respects human dignity; assist with basic physical, emotional, and spiritual human needs; and open to mystery and allow miracles to enter. The concluding chapter provides caring touchstones to support caring consciousness in day-to-day settings.