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To restore the profound nature of caring-healing within a unitary caring science framework; in stewardship to the current health care system worldwide, to retain and nurture its most precious resource, caring professional nurses and trans-disciplinary care team members.

To deepen and expand Caring Science, the philosophies, theories, ethics and practices of Human Caring, originated by Distinguished Professor Jean Watson.

Goals & Objectives

  • Transform the dominant model of medical science to a model of Caring Science by reintroducing the ethic, philosophy and diverse practices of caring and Love (Caritas), necessary for healing.
  • Deepen the authentic Caring-Healing relationships between caregiver and patient/family, to restore Love and compassion as the ethical, values foundation of healthcare.
  • Translate the model of Caring-Healing/Caritas into fully integrated trans-disciplinary programs and services to help transform healthcare one nurse / one caregiver / one educator / one leader / one system at a time.
  • Ensure caring and healing for the public, improve nurse and care provider retention in healthcare settings, enhance patient care outcomes, promote safe practices, and decrease costs to the system.


The Watson Caring Science Institute is an autonomous, USA nonprofit organization operating under the 501(c)(3), tax-exempt status ID #26-0803334.

Its Board of Directors has oversight of the Institute’s budget.


The Watson Caring Science Institute depends on educational, teaching-consulting programs nationally/globally; and intentional Caritas learning materials and teaching items available through the Caring Store, combined with the generosity of individuals, healthcare systems, professional organizations, the business community and foundations to support its work. Donations are tax-deductible.


Board Members

Jean Watson, PhD, RN, AHN-bc, FAAN
Founder / Executive Director, Watson Caring Science Institute
Distinguished Professor & Endowed Chair in Caring Science
University of Colorado Denver, College of Nursing
2441 Seventh Street
Boulder, CO 80304

Robert Browning, PhD (h.c,)
Co- Healthcare Director & Master Trainer, HeartMath
Co-Vice President, Council Director, Pathways to Peace
Adjunct Faculty, University of Colorado College of Nursing

Karen Drenkard, PhD, RN, NEA-bc, FAAN
Sr Vice President, Chief Clinical and Nursing Officer
O’Neil Center / GetWellNetwork
7700 Old Georgetown Road, 4th Floor
Bethesda, MD 20814

M. Brooks Turkel
Chief Executive Officer
Commonwealth Health Regional Hospital of Scranton

Barbara B. Brewer, PhD, RN, MALS, MBA, FAAN
Associate Professor
The University of Arizona, College of Nursing

Advisory Board Members

Chris Byrne
Vice President, Intellectual Property Strategy
Strategy and Innovation Center
Samsung Electronics
2440 Sand Hill Road, Suite 302
Menlo Park, CA 94025

Founding Board Members

Jeremy Geffen, MD (deceased)
Barbara Hope

Ronald Lesinski, President

Global Humanitarian Citizens of WCSI

  • Dr. Earl Bakken — inventor of first internal cardiac pacemaker in the world; founder of Medtronic and dedicated to spiritual healing and whole person medicine, healthcare for the 21st century.
  • Mrs. Betty Moore — founder of Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation which has supported nursing projects and University Colleges of Nursing throughout California, making a world-wide impact in advancing human caring through nursing.

Jean Watson’s Background

Dr. Jean Watson is Distinguished Professor and Dean Emerita, University of Colorado Denver, College of Nursing Anschutz Medical Center campus, where she held the nation’s first endowed Chair in Caring Science for 16 years. She is founder of the original Center for Human Caring in Colorado and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing; past President of the National League for Nursing; founding member of International Association in Human Caring and International Caritas Consortium. She has been designated a Living Legend by the American Academy of Nursing, its highest honor. She is Founder and Director of non-profit foundation, Watson Caring Science Institute.

Dr. Watson has earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing and psychiatricmental health nursing and holds her PhD in educational psychology and counseling. She is a widely published author and recipient of many awards and honors, including The Fetzer Institute Norman Cousins Award, in recognition of her commitment to developing, maintaining and exemplifying relationship-centered care practices; an international Kellogg Fellowship in Australia, a Fulbright Research Award in Sweden. The Hlldebrande Center for Compassionate Care in Medicine Award Notre Dame University; Academy of Integrative Medicine and Healing Award for pioneering work in Caring Science; Japanese International Society of Caring and Peace Chair. She holds thirteen (13) Honorary Doctoral Degrees, including 10 International Honorary Doctorates (Sweden, United Kingdom, (2) Spain, British Colombia and Quebec, Canada, Japan, Turkey, Peru (2)).

A widely published author, lecturer, educator and researcher, she is a highly sought after motivational speaker, theoretical practice consultant, and caring science leadership. She is an expert in translating Theory of Human Caring and Caring Science/Heart Science into concrete personal/professional practice models, authentically transforming self and system from the inside out. Her work in Caring Science is generating universal forms of evidence-informed clinical research and patient caring-experience outcomes.

Bio Sketch Personal Profile Jean Watson CV


Dr. Jean Watson and Watson Caring Science Institute, now in partnership with University of Colorado, Watson Caring Science Center, are dedicated to create, conduct and sponsor Caring Science/Caritas research, education, training, and support to serve national/global generations of healthcare professionals worldwide.

Watson Caring Science Scholars – Postdoctoral Study Program –This is a 2 year customized advanced personal study program with Dr. Watson, exploring new dimensions of caring science as sacred science; the underlying ontological-ethical-epistemological-methodological, praxis directions for a era of health, healing and well-being for humankind.  Read more.

The International Caritas Consortium, originated by Dr. Watson in 2004, enables the circle of Caritas colleagues, clinical agencies, and academic programs to come together once a year, to showcase how models of Caring Science are implemented in clinical settings in USA; to share new transformative practice initiatives, research, and support the expansion of authentic caring-healing processes and relationships for staff, practitioners, patients/families and communities.  Read more.

The Caritas Coach Education Program® (CCEP) is a unique, six-month program offered by the Watson Caring Science Institute. Through a formal application process, a new cohort of students is admitted to the program every April and October each year.  Read more.

Jean Watson Caring Science Speaker/Consultant Circle includes Dr. Watson and a distinguished circle of Caring Science Faculty Associates and Colleagues providing keynotes, workshops, and presentations that inform and educate others in Caring Science; how to develop and integrate authentic professional caring theory-guided models; restore the under-developed ethical values of Love and Compassion back into healthcare. Contact Jean Watson at    jean@watsoncaringscience.org.

Ongoing programs:


The Watson Caritas Patient Score© (WCPS) instrument was introduced by Watson and WCSI in 2009 with Caring Science research projects; it has now expanded to include a national multi-site and global use research initiative, which offers comprehensive benchmarking capabilities for hospitals. We are pleased to partner with Dr. Barbara Brewer as Research Director to advance this initiative across the US and worldwide. The WCPS® has been translated into Hebrew, Arabic, Spanish, French, and Italian.  Read more.

WCSI Visionary Caring Science/Caritas Award for Transformation of Healthcare

July, 2008  Visionary Caring Science Award Presentation: Hawaii. Dr. Earl Bakken, Founder, Medtronic, inventor of the 1st internal cardiac pacemaker and visionary leader in mind/body/spirit medicine and wholeness programs.

April, 2009  Award Presentation: Charleston, SC. Dr. Anne Boykin, Dean of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University, a visionary leader, author, and pioneer for establishing the longest running Academic Educational Model of Caring Science in the world.

October, 2012  Award presentation: Atlantic City, NJ. Barbara Hope and Don Gaiti, founding board members and directors of WCSI: 2007 – 2012.

November, 2012  Visionary Award presentation: Winter Haven Hospital, Florida Mary Jo Schreiber, CNO and Lance Anastasio, CEO for their sustaining leadership as a caring science hospital.

April, 2014  Awarded Honorary Doctorate in Caring Science as Sacred Science to Robert Browning, Master Teacher of HeartMath.

October, 2015  Awarded Honorary Doctorate in Caring Science as Sacred Science to Jim D’Alfonso, leader in Caring Science throughout his career.


Watson Caring Science Institute
4450 Arapahoe Avenue, Suite 100
Boulder, Colorado 80303, USA
  303 546 7970