Caring Science, Mindful Practice – Free Global Online Course

This free online course provides tools for caring professionals to enhance professional caring practices in everyday work environments. Learners will be introduced to Watson’s Caring Science. Exploration and learning related to key concepts will be supported through the introduction of mindfulness practice, reflective narrative, and contemplative art.

Asynchronous discussion, moderated by a team of educators knowledgeable in Caring Science, will provide a forum for ongoing interaction and discovery among participants during each 4-week class session. Certificates of completion will be earned by participants who complete all of the course learning modules.

  Upcoming course schedule:
January & September

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  • Explain Watson’s 10 Caritas Processes®
  • Describe how mindfulness practice might be useful in supporting deepened understanding and practice of Caring Science
  • Provide professional examples that illustrate Watson’s 10 Caritas Processes®
  • Provide professional examples that illustrate Transpersonal Caring Moments
  • Discuss how Watson’s Caritas Consciousness Touchstones for Cultivating Love might be useful in everyday professional caring practice.

Teaching Strategies

  • Providing course specific reading materials in either print and/or online formats
  • Asynchronous online postings and discussion boards
  • Online reflective journaling
  • Multimedia presentations as appropriate in the online setting

Topical areas

  • Mindfulness and cultivating understanding of Watson’s Theory of Caring
  • Overview of Waton’s Theory
  • Thich Nhat Hanh’s 5 mindfulness trainings
  • Transpersonal Caring Moments
  • The 10 Caritas Processes®
  • Caritas Consciousness Touchstones for Cultivating Love


Caring Science Mindful Practice, 2nd Edition

Recommended Reading

This class will be pass/fail. Students earning 80% of the total points available in the course will receive a passing grade and earn the corresponding certificate of completion.


AHNA Approved CNE Program

This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. AHNA Approval # 1308.

The Watson Caring Science Institute will provide 20 contact hours to registered nurses who successfully complete the course and provide proof of completion within 60 days of completion.

  • Contact Hours are available for 60 days following each course.
  • Must attach scan of certificate of completion for Caring Science Mindful Practice course.
  • Deadline for the January 7 – February 4, 2019 course is April 4, 2019.
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Course Instructor
Kathleen Sitzman

Kathleen Sitzman, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN is a nursing professor at East Carolina University School of Nursing. Before coming to the ECU in 2012, she taught in the Weber State University (WSU) School of Nursing and was the director of the WSU Bachelor of Integrated Studies Program. She earned her BSN and MSN from the University of Utah, and her PhD from the University of Northern Colorado. In addition to being a nurse educator, she is a well-known author and caring science researcher.

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  • I am so thankful for this course. I feel that it has taught me not only how to help others but how to help myself. It has helped me evaluate my perspectives and be more open to the many mysteries of life. Things are not black and white and there is so much beauty in the world and I feel that this course has encouraged me to find and cherish that beauty… Jensyn
  • Thank you for the support that was freely given by our teachers and colleagues. It was a true experience of caring.Carol
  • Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to reflect on Caring Science and learn from so many wonderful practitioners across the world.Grissel
  • This course has had a profound effect on me in recharging my “caring” batteries. I felt fatigued, drained, and nearly burnt out at the end of this past semester and desperately needed the infusion of caring, therapeutic sharing, encouragement, and inspiration that the collective wisdom of this course afforded. A big THANK YOU to everyone! 🙂Joy
  • This course has been rich with wisdom and included practical ways to integrate caring science and mindful practice into my professional life and work.Patricia
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