Celebrating Caritas Colleague Joseph Giovannoni

March 2020

We continue to highlight our Caritas Colleagues and share their contribution and commitment to Caring Science. This month we are celebrating: Joseph Giovannoni, DNP, APRN-Rx, PMHCNS-BC, WCSI Post Doc Scholar

Open your heart to something greater and trust the outcome. We are born with divine consciousness.

Areas of Expertise
  • Adult Mental Health Nursing, Treatment of Sexual Abuse Victims and Offenders
  • Forensic Nursing

I was diagnosed with cancer of the throat in November 2018 and had two surgical procedures and radiation therapy. Recovery has been a challenge and utilizing Caring Science micro-practices helped me maintain self-compassion and equanimity. Caring Science sustained me to cope with pain without suffering and prevented me from becoming dependent on addictive analgesics. The diagnosis of cancer was a monumental event in my life which allowed me to embody and practice Caring Science and Jean Watson’s Ten Caritas Processes® with those who crossed my path on my journey to recovery.

On my one year anniversary of being diagnosed and treated for throat cancer, I traveled to Mount Fuji. This video is a reflection of how I integrated Dr. Jean Watson’s Caring Science theory to support my treatment and ongoing recovery.

The Infinity of Universal Love from Joseph Giovannoni on Vimeo.

Contribution to the Legacy of Caring Science

I specialize in the treatment of victims of sex abuse, and convicted sex offenders who have been court-ordered to undergo evidence-based treatment. As a reflection of over 35 years working with my patients, I discovered that, without human caring and compassion for the men I work with, and their victims, good outcomes are less likely.

Caring Science helped me developed a sense of humanity and compassion toward sexually violent men. Since I became a WCSI Caring Science Scholar, my focus has been to encourage other stakeholders on the treatment team to embrace the concept that everyone has the right to be treated with human dignity. Being role models of caring while setting limits with consideration for community safety, gave my patients a better chance to develop their own sense of compassion for self and concern for others. My treatment methodology is based on empirically validated best practices such as cognitive behavioral groups (Marshall & Laws, 2003). Concern for others has been identified in sex offender risk assessment as an important factor in treatment (Hanson & Harris, 2000). Victims of sexual abuse also need help to transition from the trauma of becoming victimized to being a survivor through self compassion and self-care


Honolulu, Hawaii USA

Recent publications:
  • Giovannoni, J. (2019) “Holding Sacred Space” in A Handbook for Caring Science: Expanding the Paradigm. William R. Horton-Deutsch et al. Springer Publishing Co. Pending Publication, NY
  • Giovannoni, J. (2018) “Transitioning from Compassion Fatigue to Compassion Renewal: A Perspective on Addressing Sexual Violence” in Sharing Compassion: A Fortuitous Journey of Illumination. Mary Prendergast &. Michael Brophy. Rainsford Press, Dublin IE, Publishers
  • Giovannoni, J. (2018) “Sustaining Loving-Kindness for self and Others” in Caritas Coaching: A Journey Towards Transpersonal Caring. For Informed Moral Action in Healthcare, Anderson, J., Horton-Deutsch, S., Sigma International
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  • Giovannoni, J. (2017) Perspective: Compassion for Others Begins with Loving-Kindness Toward Self. Journal of Nursing Research. Sage Publication 22(1-2) 173-177
  • Giovannoni, J. (2016). “The Role of Human Caring and Compassion Sex Offender Treatment“. ATSA Forum Vol. XXVII. (4). Fall 2016
  • Giovannoni, J. (2016). “Caritas for Society’s Safe-Keepers: Upholding Human Dignity and Caring” in Global Advances in Human Caring. Lee, S., Palmieri, P., Watson, J. Springer Publishing, New York, NY
  • Giovannoni J, McCoy, K., Mays, M., & Watson, J., (2015). Probation Officers Reduce their Stress by Cultivating the Practice of Loving-Kindness with Self and Others. International Journal of Caring Sciences. Vol. 8 (2), 325-343.
  • Giovannoni, J. (2018) “Holding Sacred Space to Be in Alignment with Infinite Love” Journal of Art and Aesthetics in Nursing and Health Science. Vol 4, 20-22
  • Biley, A., Giovannoni, J. (2018) Pondering Forgiveness in a Unitary Caring Science Paradigm: A Reflection. International Journal for Human Caring. 2018; 22(3): 140-146.
  • Turkel, M., Watson, J., Giovannoni, J. (2018). “Caring Science or Science of Caring” Nursing Science Quarterly. Vol. 31(1) 66–71
  • Turkel, M., Giovannoni, J., Watson J. (2019) “Unitary Caring Science Inquiry” in William R. Horton-Deutsch et al. Springer Publishing Co. NY