WCSI Fact Sheet

We’re here for nurses…

First and foremost, Caring Science incorporates the ethic of caring which expands the medical technical model of science. This theory was developed by a nurse, for nurses and all caring professionals; and while our first responsibility is to uphold and uplift the discipline and profession of nursing, it goes beyond nursing. Nurses and human caring are critically important to the health and healing for humanity and the planet. We do this because as our Founder Jean Watson reminds us “nursing is the paradigm exemplar of human caring, the most mature healing profession in the world.”


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

Bio Sketch Personal Profile Jean Watson CV

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

Anita Girard, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer & Vice President, Nursing

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