Jan Marie Anderson, EdD, RN, AHN-BC

WCSI Faculty Associate
WCSI Caritas Coach®
  Caritas Colleague


Dr. Jan Marie Anderson is the Director of the Caritas Coach Education Program® (CCEP) for the Watson Caring Science Institute. Dr. Anderson’s responsibilities include teaching and working with faculty and students to develop, evaluate and expand CCEP to meet individual and institutional needs. Dr. Anderson has been a nurse educator for over twenty years at all levels and has worked with the Watson Caring Science Institute since it’s inception. Dr. Anderson received her doctorate in education with an emphasis in nursing education from Nova Southeastern University Fischler School of Education and Human Services. She completed the first formal study to examine Caritas Coaches® titled, Exploring Application of the Caritas Coach Role in Nursing Practice. This study was a hermeneutic phenomenological exploration of the graduates of the CCEP designed to explore the Caritas Coach role, those experiences that affected role development and implementation, and the impact of the role in professional nursing practice.

Dr. Anderson has studied with Dr. Watson for many years completing both the International Certificate Program in Caring and Healing from the University of Colorado, Health Sciences Center School of Nursing, Boulder, Colorado and the Caritas Coach Education Program. She has also completed a nine-month tele-course with Dr. Janet Quinn for Interspiritual Mentors, titled Deepening into Interspirituality; and the Caritas HeartMath Literacy and the HeartMath Coach courses. Jan has worked with dreams for many years and completed the “Dream Tending for Life Skills and Train the Trainer” from Pacifica Graduate Institute, Santa Barbara, California. She completed the American Holistic Nurse’s Association certification for holistic nursing.

She has served on several Boards; Adventures in Caring, a local organization that helps to teach compassion in nursing, the Daughters of Charity, whose mission is to provide housing, education and care for single women with children and seniors living in poverty in Santa Barbara; and the International Association for Human Caring. In her position as Director of the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) Program at Santa Barbara City College in California, she had the opportunity to work with faculty and staff to integrate Dr. Watson’s Human Caring Theory and Philosophy/Caring Science into all aspects of the nursing program. Dr. Anderson also collaborated with other nursing programs in the region to expand and strengthen the program through partnerships, grants, and other financial support.

Dr. Anderson has enjoyed opportunities to learn and share her love of nursing, healthcare, education, and caring science around the world. Dr. Anderson’s love of teaching and learning has offered so much to her life and Dr. Jean Watson’s Caring Science has added a depth and dimension to everything she does. She has found that there is nothing like the joy of watching each person grow and develop into a loving caring nurse and health professional! Her passion is to be able to share in the lives of students and make a difference for each person she comes in contact with.