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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 transdisciplinary care team members.

To deepen and expand Watson’s Caring Science, the philosophies, theories, ethics and practices of Human Caring, originated by Founder/Director Jean Watson.

Goals & Objectives

  • Transform the dominant model of medical science to a model of Watson’s 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 transdisciplinary 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.

WCSI’s 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

Barbara B. Brewer, PhD, RN, MALS, MBA, FAAN
President & Chairman of the Board
Associate Professor
The University of Arizona, College of Nursing
WCSI Faculty Associate

Dr. Jim D’Alfonso, DNP, RN, PhD (h.c.), NEA-BC, FNAP, FAAN
At Large / Advisor to Professional Practice Leadership

WCSI Honorary Doctorate in Caring Science
WCSI Visionary Caring Science Leadership Award Recipient
WCSI Faculty Associate
WCSI Caritas Coach®
Master HeartMath Trainer (HMCT)
Adjunct Faculty, University of San Francisco
Regional Executive Director, Professional Excellence and the KP Nurse Scholars Academy
Founding Executive Director of The KP Nurse Scholars Academy
Kaiser Permanente Northern California, Oakland, CA

Karen Drenkard, PhD, RN, NEA-bc, FAAN
Vice President / Advisor to Policy
Associate Dean, Clinical Practice & Community Engagement
The George Washington University School of Nursing
45085 University Drive, Innovation Hall
Ashburn, VA 20147

Laarni C. Florencio, MSN, RN, CNL
At Large
Program Director, Nursing Continuing Professional Development (NCPD)
Nursing Research and Innovation / Institute of Nursing Excellence and Innovation
New York Presbyterian
435 East 70th Street, Suite 4K
New York, NY 10021

Cheryl T. Handy MN, RN, NE-BC, HMCT
At Large
WCSI CCEP® Faculty
WCSI Caritas Coach®
WCSI Faculty Associate
HeartMath Certified Trainer
Associate Nurse Executive
Atlanta VA Healthcare System, Retired

Grissel Hernandez PhD, MPH, RN, HNB-BC
Executive Director, Center for Education & Professional Development
Stanford Health Care, Stanford, CA

Kelly C. Johnson, PhD, RN, NEA- BC
At Large
Founder and CEO
Alaka’i Leadership Strategies

M. Brooks Turkel, CPA, FACHE
Partner | Fuller & Turkel CPAs And Associates, LLP
Former Chief Executive Officer
Commonwealth Health Regional Hospital of Scranton

Julie Watson, BFA, MA, FRSA
Executive Director, Watson Caring Science Institute
Boca Raton, FL 33432

Jean Watson, PhD, RN, AHN-CB, FAAN, LL (AAN)
Founder / Executive Director, Watson Caring Science Institute
Distinguished Professor Emerita and Dean Emerita
University of Colorado Denver, College of Nursing, Anschutz Medical Center – Retired
2441 Seventh Street
Boulder, CO 80304

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Ambassador Advisors to the Board

Simon T. Bailey, DBA, CSP, CPAE
Keynote Speaker | Coach | Board Member | TV Host

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

Anita Girard, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer & Vice President, Nursing
8700 Beverly Blvd., North Tower 2033 : Los Angeles CA 90048

Holly K. Shaw, PhD, RN
Representative to the United Nations DGC & ECOSOC:
The International Council of Nurses (ICN) & The Nightingale Initiative for Global Health (NIGH)
Director, NGO Global Executive Committee Chair, NGO Committee on Education, Learning, and Literacy Chair, NGO Committee on Mental Health

Daniel J. Pesut, PhD, RN, FAAN
Emeritus Professor of Nursing, University of Minnesota
Emeritus Katherine R. and C. Walton Lillehei Chair in Nursing Leadership


Dr. Jean Watson and Watson Caring Science Institute is 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 Senior Scholars – Postdoctoral Study Program –This is a 4 day on-site 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 ICC, 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 May and November 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  Spanish, Italian, French, Hebrew, Arabic, Korean (Validated)  and Turkish.  Read more.

Watson Caring Science Institute
1701 W. Hillsboro Blvd., Suite 401
Deerfield Beach FL 33442