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Celebrating Caritas Colleague Gwendolyn J. Kinney

February 2021

We continue to highlight our Caritas Colleagues and share their contribution and commitment to Caring Science. This month we are celebrating: Gwendolyn J. Kinney, MSN, RN, Caritas Coach® & Faculty, Heart Math Trainer, Integral Yoga Instructor.

My Story

Nursing is artistry in the caring moment. My years at the ICU bedside taught me that the real magic came when I could create that vital essence of connection with my patient while delivering clinical expertise. As the Director of Inova Radiation Oncology, we created a compassionate team to the caring moment for each patient/family with loving-kindness during their vulnerable challenge with cancer. As Caring Science Regional Manager for Kaiser Permanente, we promoted methods for creativity and innovative learning which expanded a new era of Caritas leadership across 21 hospitals/Continuum of Care.

My Caritas journey enriches me daily with purpose and the artistry of life itself.

Areas of Expertise
  • Integration of Caring Science for large healthcare organizations
  • Translation of Caring Science through equine asisted educational learning
  • Healthy Aging /Loving Elder Care
Contributions to the Legacy of Caring Science

I am blessed with opportunities to expand the depth and reach of Caring Science through multiple venues. Over the last several years, as a faculty member for the WCSI Caritas Coach Education Program® (CCEP), I work with a collaborative team who support our mentees in their personal and professional exploration of Caring Science and now offer a new online platform for easier global access. Having graduated from the first CCEP cohort, it has been fulfilling to be a part of new ideas generated from a federal grant at Inova Healthcare System in Falls Church, Virginia (2004-2009) grow into foundational standards of excellence used today to promote caring-healing practices and environments. In our ADN-to-BSN program at Samuel Merritt University in Oakland, California, I teach nursing leadership and quality improvement using Caring Science as our core philosophy and ethical framework for professional practice.

A venue that continues to soften my heart in unique ways is being a nurse consultant and facilitator for an innovative nursing leadership program that integrates Caring Science, Heart Math, and equine assisted education (horse/human interaction). The Equuisatori Center offers this program in Northern California where our multi-disciplinary team readily see that nature and our animal friends return us to presence, intentionality, and social field awareness which can deepen our “caritas literacy” and our ability to lead from authentic heart-centered passion.

I want to thank Dr. Jean Watson and WCSI for establishing the Caritas community where connection, co-creation, and transformation of ourselves and our healthcare systems can be manifested.

Location

Windsor, CA, USA

Publications
  • Announcement — Upcoming workshop: “Deepening The Power of the Caring Nurse Through Equine Assisted Experiential Learning” to be offered in Spring/Summer 2021. Contact gwen.kinney53@gmail.com for more information.
  • Article, “Caring Science: Transforming the Ethic of Caring-Healing Practice, Environment, and Culture with an Integrated Care Delivery System,” The Permanente Journal, Fall, 2015.
  • Article, “How to Teach Human Caring: Nurse Educator Role in Transformational Learning for a Large Healthcare System,” Journal for Nurses in Staff Development, August 2010.
  • Article, “NICHE at the Hospital”, American Journal of Nursing, May, 2005.
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Offering Healing Sessions through COVID

Marcy B. Newman, DACM, RN, MPH, Caritas Coach® Candidate
Employee Whole Health Program Manager
VA Whole Health Website
Phoenix VA Medical Center

I am beyond grateful to coordinate and offer several healing sessions, experiential moments and trainings for employees to boost their well-being and hopefully lower their stress levels.

This is definitely one of my callings – to infuse Caritas in everything I do and have an impact across our VA and nationally. As my program was getting off the ground (just came on board last May of 2020 during the pandemic), I was contacted last November to ask if I would be interested in being on the team of COVID 19 vaccinators. I was told it would be a 2 month assignment.

For the 1st time in 8 months, I was in a clinically-related role and during such a critical time in our nation’s history. I was honored to accept and committed to the work. I soon realized that my complementary integrative health background (acupuncture, iRest meditation and yoga) would play a role in this assignment.

I led anxious employees through guided imagery as I gave them their vaccine. As the days continued and people received their 1st and 2nd doses of this precious liquid “gold” – I saw and felt the energy in the room change from excitement to stress and at times, disarray. One day, as we were awaiting more vaccines from pharmacy and nurses stood around – I called all of them over (about 6 RNs and LPNs) and told them we were going to do some stand up yoga… I proceeded to lead them through various poses. We only had about 10 minutes. My nursing colleagues appeared to suddenly smile again and appeared a lot more relaxed!

After that day, I offered other yoga, breathing techniques and we also had a fun, relaxing massage moment.

I am now back in my Employee Whole Health role and looking back on the memories in the COVID vaccination clinic. I will continue to bring mindful, Caritas moments to them, and all departments/Services of the medical center.

I am grateful.

Loving Kindness Meditation

We’re Hiring!

WCSI is looking for a new member to join our team!

The Watson Lotus Awards Development Manager is a part-time position, working remotely within the USA. This person would be responsible for leading and directing all activities of the newly created Watson Caring Science Lotus Awards, including managing, communicating, awarding and formalizing criteria and evidence from healthcare organizations, as well as, other educational human care service-related systems desiring to be associated with WCSI through the Award.

Application Deadline: JANUARY 30th 2021

Interviews via Zoom will be: FEBRUARY 8th 9th and/or 10th, 2021

Projected Start Date: March 1st 2021 (or as agreed)

To apply: please send an email with your CV and cover letter addressing the key points as described in the job description to: julie@watsoncaringscience.org

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Celebrating Caritas Colleague Mary Rockwood Lane

January 2021

We continue to highlight our Caritas Colleagues and share their contribution and commitment to Caring Science. This month we are celebrating: Mary Rockwood Lane, RN, PhD, FAAN, Caritas Coach®.

Background

Mary co-created the first Arts In Medicine program in 1991, implemented at the University of Florida health care system with Caring Science as the foundation. It was a revolutionary shift in creating healing environments in hospitals all over the country. Jean Watson’s theory and Caritas Processes® were the foundation of this work and the reason why it was so successful.

Mary has traveled the world with Jean Watson teaching nurses about Caring Science and Healing with the Arts. These experiences, along with her many books, workshops and tele-summits have inspired her to continue to pursue her passion of integrating arts into the practice of nursing.

Caring Science has been my spiritual journey and personal practice in my life. As a Caritas Ambassador, I am committed to bringing Caring Science into the Light as a movement of conscious, visionary nurses creating the future of health care.

My Story

Pain and darkness can transform life as we know it. I was at home with two small children when my husband left me. It shattered me. I became deeply depressed and physically ill. Nothing helped me get out of my isolation, my lack and shame. A friend who was an artist, convinced me to come to her studio. She handed me art supplies telling me to draw and paint. I did not care, I was a total failure. I was more than a mess. I painted ugly and distorted portraits of myself. I started to feel better. So, I painted every day. I realized I loved it, just to express my rage, my despair, my shame in total abandonment. After several weeks of painting I was shocked to discover I was an artist!!! It was amazing. The artist inside me painted myself whole! I became so passionate – I realized everyone is an artist, they just don’t know it!  Since I was a nurse at heart, I went to the local University hospital and met with the medical director of the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, Dr. John Graham Pole. Turns out, he was a poet and a clown. So, we connected with artists in the community and brought art to patients, families and staff.

It was the very first Artist in Residence program in the country. Over 500 artists came to learn and work with us over the next ten years. It became a national model for integrating the Arts in healthcare. Many documentaries were made and a movement was born. I had become the leader of a grassroots program that got national attention. Healthcare was transforming. Now today, there is music in the halls, poets on the clinical care units, art work on the ceilings made by patients and staff. The shift from clinical sterile walls to healing environments would become the new norm. Bringing the arts into the corporate medical science-based world changed the culture and suddenly the arts were significant to the living experience of the healthcare world. Art created a more humanistic focus. Art became part of creating a caring and healing environment.

During this time in my life, I discovered Jean’s work and became part of an initial group of nurses whom she shared her candle light with. I have carried that light forward in my life, researching the lived experience of art as healing with Caring Science as the basis of my work in nursing and onward. My journey has taken me deep into discovering who I am and where I belong. I have traveled with Jean and her beloved partner Ron to Bhutan, Tibet, Nepal, Japan, South Africa, California, New Jersey, London, Italy, Greece, Jordan… an incredible life!!!

I am so honored to be part of WCSI’s faculty and as a founding faculty and Board member of the Watson Caring Science Institute.

Legacy of Caring Science

I am committed to promote the beautiful and incredible legacy of Caring Science by teaching, coaching, facilitating Caritas workshops. I have created a new online course for nurses called Transpersonal Nursing as Ontological Artist, which is based on the work of Dr. Jean Watson and her book Postmodern Nursing & Beyond. It begins January 25th and runs 12 weeks through April 25, 2021 and registration is still open.

Caring Science has been my spiritual journey and personal practice in my life. As a Caritas Ambassador, I am committed to bringing Caring Science into the Light as a movement of conscious, visionary nurses creating the future of health care. I have created a loving partnership with WCSI to continue to promote Caring, Compassion, Love and Creativity as a major contributor in this legacy and bring in my light into the unitary field of consciousness. We are because of each other: UBUNTU*

Celebrating the future and being part of the evolution of this work, I am deeply grateful to stand beside her, walk alongside her and send her loving energy every day of my life.

There are 23 million nurses and midwives around the world that can activate the future of healthcare by stepping into their creativity and expressing the truth of what we care about the most. Their voice is what the world needs NOW. My desire is to create a movement by joining together and sharing our voices to bring in the Light of Caring, Creativity, Wisdom and Compassion for ourselves, each other and our communities.

Location

Gainesville, FL

Publications

Link to the following books:

  • Healing with the Arts
  • The Caritas Path to Peace
  • The Path of the Feather
  • Shaman Wisdom – Shaman Healing
  • Spirit Body Healing
  • Creative Healing
Websites
Courses

Transpersonal Nursing as Ontological Artist  | Jan 25 – Apr 25, 2021  |  Online

FREE Online Healing with the Arts Course
In 2016, Mary worked with the University of Florida to create a free, online arts course based on her book Healing With the Arts, an acclaimed 12-week program lauded by hospitals and caretakers from around the world. The course has been extremely successful with over 61,000 learners and more than 10,000 followers on the Facebook page.

FREE Tele-Summit | Visionary & Transformational Nurse Leaders
Interviews with 26 visionary and transformational nurse leaders from around the globe asking them to share their vision for the future of healthcare and nursing.


*Ubuntu can best be described as an African philosophy that places emphasis on ‘being self through others’. It is a form of humanism which can be expressed in the phrases ‘I am because of who we all are’ in Zulu language. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ubuntu_philosophy)

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Jean Watson included among 100+ Outstanding Women Nurses and Midwives

Dr. Jean Watson has been nominated and chosen to be included among Women in Global Health’s 100+ Outstanding Women Nurses and Midwives! To celebrate 2020 as the Year of the Nurse and Midwife, Women in Global Health in partnership with WHO, UNFPA, the International Confederation of Midwives, and Nursing Now, has selected notable nurses and midwives doing extraordinary work in their field and communities.

Out of over 300+ nominations from around the world, congratulations on being a part of this list of women representing 43 countries, and 6 global regions. Jean’s accomplishments and dedication will be celebrated and shared by Women in Global Health and our partners, to recognize the work of nurses and midwives everywhere, and to improve gender equity among nurses and midwives through our call to action.

Congratulations to Jean Watson on this well deserved recognition!

Please visit www.yonm.org for more information.

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Celebrating Caritas Colleague Grissel Hernandez

December 2020

We continue to highlight our Caritas Colleagues and share their contribution and commitment to Caring Science. This month we are celebrating: Grissel Hernandez, PhD, RN, MPH, HNB-BC, Caritas Coach®.

Areas of Expertise

Grissel Hernandez is a nationally board certified holistic nurse and Caritas Coach®. She is the Executive Director for the Center for Education and Professional Development (CEPD) at Stanford Health Care in Palo Alto, CA. Grissel has over 20 years’ experience in clinical practice, nursing administration, nursing professional development, holistic nursing and public health in ambulatory, Magnet and Baldrige designated acute care facilities. She has expertise in the operationalization and integration of Watson Caring Science theory into professional practice and nursing professional development programs. Founding member of Regional Caritas Consortiums in NY/NJ/PA. Grissel serves as an Accreditation and Pathway to Excellence Appraiser for the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation (ANCC).

Contributions to the Legacy of Caring Science

My Caring Science journey began 25 years ago, during my undergraduate nursing program at University of Pennsylvania. While I barely understood the core concepts and philosophical underpinnings of Jean Watson’s Caring Science theory, organically, the theory resonated and aligned with my reasons for becoming a nurse. From that moment, Caring Science theory became my philosophical and ethical-moral compass, informing my nursing student experience and, eventually, my future nursing professional life.

Caring Science reconnected me with the moral and ethical dimensions of caring in nursing, reminding me that as a nurse, I have a social covenant with the public to advocate for my patients and, above all, preserve their humanity and dignity.

Moreover, Watson’s Caring Science strong emphasis on caring for the caregiver gave me permission to slow down, engage in mindful self-care practices, and become a much better version of myself as I engaged with others. The theory’s core principles and Caritas Processes® (Watson, 2008) informed my varied nursing roles, including student, direct patient care provider, educator, and administrator. My journey with Caring Science extended beyond my professional nursing career into personal experiences, which transformed the way I viewed nursing as a consumer. My journey with Caring Science began with my parents’ experiences with cancer diagnosis and treatment in the United States and in Puerto Rico, my own experience with cancer at age 38, and finally, more recently, the untimely death of my beloved husband, John, at age 53 of a heart attack and my mother at age 72 of complications from sepsis.

Through these experiences, I found myself grieving as a wife, daughter, patient, and nurse healer. At times, it was difficult to separate all four. Luckily, I had a practice rooted in Caring Science to help me re-frame and make sense of my feelings. I was determined to use these experiences as examples of how to be a better nurse. My theory-based practice informed by Caring Science began in nursing school and continues to this day. In my multiple roles as direct care nurse, childbirth educator, clinical educator, and executive director, I integrated the theory into patient care and nursing educational activities, including nursing orientation, preceptor development, new nurse residency program, nursing leadership development program, and my nursing leadership practice.

These experiences led me toward a deeper appreciation and exploration of Caring Science, caring in nursing leadership, and the role of nurse leaders in creating a caring, healing environment for their staff within the context of a healthcare organization. For this reason, the next step on my Caring Science advanced studies journey was to pursue and complete my PhD in nursing from the University of Colorado, College of Nursing in the Caring Science track. The intent was to describe and understand the lived experience of creating a caring, healing environment for staff from the perspective of nurse leaders practicing within Watson Caring Science framework (aka. Caritas Coaches®). In the process, the universal essence of the phenomenon emerged: Creating a caring, healing environment for staff is the embodied, caring-loving consciousness engaged in informed, moral actions and practices. The findings in this study provided a window into an evolved way of leading.

This qualitative study created a deeper understanding of nurse leaders’ experiences and elements that reflect an evolved leadership practice guided by caring-loving consciousness. The study added to the evolving Watson Caring Science theory-guided research and translation into practice. The Caring Science theory-guided research findings will serve as a foundation for the creative emergence of a Caritas Coach Leader theoretical model for practice integration that can serve as a framework for an organizational-wide Caring Science integration strategic plan. I hope the findings spark a much needed and honest dialogue about the role theory-guided education, practice, and research have in creating caring, healing environments that support humanistic care and promote human flourishing. I consider this my life’s work.

Finally, the most meaningful way I am preserving and promoting the legacy of Caring Science is by the establishment of the John Matthew Kertland Scholarship (DONATE) at WCSI for the Caritas Coach Education Program®. The scholarship was created in 2017 in memory of my husband, John Matthew Kertland V as my way to honor his support of my love for Caring Science and symbolizes lifelong commitment to Caring Science education and promotion and understanding of caring for others.

Location

San Jose, CA USA

Publications
  • Hernandez, G. (2009). A Staff Development Nurse Integrates Holistic Nursing. Beginnings. Fall 29(4):18-9.
  • Hernandez, G. (2009). The heART of self-CARING: A journey to becoming an optimal healing presence to ourselves and our patients. Creative nursing. 15(3), 129-133.
  • Hernandez, G. (2009). The Art of Self-CARING. Advance for Nurses.
  • Hernandez, G. (2008). My Self-C.A.R.I.N.G. Journey: Mindful Listening and Loving Attention. Beginnings. Winter 28(1):4-5.
  • Hernandez, G. (2020). The lived experience of nurse leaders practicing within Watson Caring Science framework creating a caring, healing environment for staff. [Unpublished doctoral dissertation]. University of Colorado.

Latin America Colleague Connections

SIDE BY SIDE WITH JEAN WATSON in my professional and personal life*

written by Maria Ribeiro Lacerda, RN, Ms, PHd
Universidade Federal do Paraná
UFPR · Department of Nursery
BRAZIL

*Portuguese version


The feelings of joy and gratitude for sharing with you my trajectory side by side with the theorist Dr. Jean Watson are great.

This theorist has a unique perspective on Nursing that matches the way I see the profession. Her principles touch me deeply in my professional and personal life because it is a perspective on how to look at the world around us and how to connect in a transpersonal and loving way with those and what we share in existence. It is a life philosophy that I have followed throughout my career theoretical concepts of Dr. Jean Watson.

It started in 1981 when I took a Specialization Course in Teaching Methodology and Nursing Care at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, but the systematic study took place in 1993 when I carried out my studies for my Master of Nursing at the Federal University of Paraná (UFPR)/Federal University of Santa Catarina (UFSC). At the time, I developed a multiple case study in the patients’ homes aimed at applying Transpersonal Caring. For this purpose, I created a Caring Process based on the Human Care Theory, which at the time was composed of assumptions and care factors.

In 2000, I received a doctor’s degree and started my advising activities at the UFPR/UFSC Master’s Postgraduate Program and mentored a student who applied to cancer patients, the Process of transpersonal caring at home. In 2004 I mentored a new student who applied the same process to patients with mental conditions. In 2007, I mentored the work ‘Transpersonal caring of nursing for the family caregiver of cancer children: a reference point’. In 2009, I mentored a new work applying the process of transpersonal caring at home with newborns discharged from an ICU, which turned, in 2013, a thesis mentoring, called “A model construction of transpersonal caring at home by nursing based on the care process under Lacerda’s perspective. In 2015 I advised a Post-Doctoral Internship: “The application of transpersonal caring to children with special health needs”. In 2017 I mentored a dissertation with the “Application of the transpersonal caring model in home nursing to children with special health needs and their families”. In 2018, I mentored the thesis “Transpersonal caring at home: patient experiences in Brazil and Portugal”.

I currently advise on two theses that use the Theory of Human Care/Unitary Caring Science as references: “The construction of a medium-range theory for transpersonal caring at home” and “The experience of women in planned home birth”.

I published 18 articles in which in their time frame, were supported by the perspective, knowledge built and shared by Dr. Jean Watson.

I have been contemplating that we must connect with her teachings and immerse deeply in her theoretical constructions, philosophical bases, in the humanistic, ontological and existential perspective and to study with consistency her origin and development of her proposals for nursing care and for all professionals who commit to making a difference to those who care.

Thus, increasingly, we understand and commit to using/employing and connecting to the Unitary Caring Science, because it is more than a process, a model, a theory, it is Science that means a knowledge established by a set of intellectual acquisitions (highlighting here the importance of studying, knowing, understanding, and saturating oneself), it is the form of knowledge that not only intends to engage with the real to explain it rationally and objectively, but seeks to establish among the observed universal and necessary phenomena, which authorizes the prediction of results (effects) whose causes can be detected through control procedures.

For real immersion in the Unitary Caring Science, it is necessary to live it, experience it as something real in our personal and professional lives.


~ in Portuguese ~

CAMINHANDO COM JEAN WATSON em minha vida profissional e pessoal

A alegria e gratidão por compartilhar com vocês sobre minha caminhada com a teórica Dra Jean Watson é imensa.

Esta teórica tem uma peculiar perspectiva sobre fazer Enfermagem que encontra ressonância em minha forma de ver a profissão. Seus ensinamentos me tocam de maneira profunda no meu ser profissional e pessoal pois é uma perspectiva de como olhar o mundo ao nosso redor e como nos conectarmos de forma transpessoal e amorosa com aqueles e aquilo que partilhamos a existência. É uma filosofia de vida que num movimento crescente acompanho a própria trajetória de construção teórico conceitual da Dra Jean Watson.

Ela se inicia em 1981 quando realizei um curso de Especialização em Metodologia do Ensino e da Assistência de Enfermagem pela 
Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, mas efetivamente o estudo sistemático foi em 1993 quando realizei meus estudos para o Mestrado em Enfermagem na UFPR/ UFSC. Desenvolvi na época um estudo de caso múltiplo no domicílio dos pacientes com a finalidade de aplicar o Cuidado Transpessoal, e para isto elaborei um Processo de Cuidar tendo como referencial teórico a Teoria do Cuidado Humano que na época era composta por pressupostos e pelos fatores de cuidado.

Em 2000, me doutorei e iniciei minhas atividades de orientação num Programa de Pós graduação Mestrado UFPR/ UFSC e orientei uma aluna que aplicou o Processo de cuidado transpessoal no domicílio com pacientes oncológicos. Em 2004 orientei uma nova aluna que aplicou o mesmo processo com pacientes com problemas mentais. Em 2007 orientei o trabalho “Cuidado transpessoal de enfermagem ao familiar cuidador da criança com neoplasia: um marco referencial”. Em 2009 orientei um novo trabalho aplicando o processo de cuidar transpessoal no domicílio com neonatos egressos de uma UTI que evoluiu para que em 2013 orientasse uma tese denominada “Construção de um modelo de cuidado transpessoal em enfermagem domiciliar”. Em 2015 orientei um Estágio Pós doutoral: “A aplicação do cuidado transpessoal a crianças com necessidades especiais de saúde”. Em 2017 orientei uma dissertação com a “Aplicação do modelo de cuidado transpessoal em enfermagem domiciliar às crianças com necessidades especiais de saúde e suas famílias”. Em 2018 orientei uma tese “O cuidado domiciliar transpessoal: vivências do paciente no Brasil e Portugal”.

Atualmente oriento duas teses que utilizam a Teoria do Cuidado Humano/ Ciência do Cuidado Unitário como referenciais: “A construção de uma teoria de médio alcance para o cuidado transpessoal domiciliar” e a “Vivência das mulheres em parto domiciliar planejado”.

Publiquei 18 artigos nos quais em sua trajetória temporal foram sustentados pela visão, conhecimento construído e compartilhado pela Dra Jean Watson.

Tenho refletido que precisamos comungar de fato com seus ensinamentos e mergulhar numa imersão profunda das suas construções teóricas, bases filosóficas, na perspectiva humanista, ontológica e existencial e estudarmos de forma consistente sua gênese e desenvolvimento das suas proposições para o cuidado de enfermagem e para todos os profissionais que se comprometem fazer a diferença daqueles que cuidam.

Assim num crescendo compreendermos e nos comprometermos de utilizar/ empregar e nos conectar até a Ciência do Cuidado Unitário, pois é mais que um processo, um modelo, uma teoria, é Ciência que significa um saber constituído de um conjunto de aquisições intelectuais (ressalta-se aqui a importância de estudar, conhecer, compreender, e se impregnar), é a forma de conhecimento que não somente pretende apropriar-se do real para explicá-lo de modo racional e objetivo, mas procura estabelecer entre os fenômenos observados relações universais e necessárias, o que autoriza a previsão de resultados (efeitos) cujas causas podem ser detectadas mediante procedimentos de controle.

Para a real imersão no Cuidado Unitário é necessário vive-lo, experencia-lo como algo real em nossas vidas pessoais e profissionais.

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Erika Caballero receives Visionary Caring Science/Caritas Award

November 2020

We are proud to announce that WCSI Global Faculty Associate, Erika Caballero has received the Visionary Caring Science/Caritas Award for her contribution to Nursing.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, Dr. Jean Watson, & Watson Caring Science Institute, the Visionary Caring Science/Caritas Award acknowledges basic human caring values and principals which sustain human caring and Mother Earth. Watson Caring Science Institute created this award to honor the International Colleagues working within Human Caring and Peace Practices.

INTERNATIONAL CARITAS HUMAN CARING AND PEACE PROCESSES AND PRACTICES:
  • Caritas Process 1: Individual and collective practices of Loving –Kindness , Forgiveness, and equanimity with self – other
  • Caritas Process 2: Individual and collective practices of being authentically present, honoring the belief systems and inner life world of self and other
  • Caritas Process 3: Individual and collective own spiritual practices for inner peace for healing our relationships with self, others and Mother Earth
  • Caritas Process 4: Individual and collective practices of sustaining a caring- trusting relationship with inner self, other and universal life spirit
  • Caritas Process 5: Practices which allow for expression of positive and negative feelings in order to listen authentically to another’s story
  • Caritas Process 6: Individual and collective practices of creativity, manifestations of the human spirit for new solutions toward caring and peace
  • Caritas Process 7: Individual and collective teaching and coaching each other for evolving consciousness for caring and peace within and without
  • Caritas Process 8: Individual and collective revisioning of environments for living and sustaining humanity and Mother Earth
  • Caritas Process 9: Individual and collective assisting others with basic needs to sustain dignity
  • Caritas Process 10: Individual and collective honoring of spiritual, mysterious unknowns of life; allowing for miracles for love to prevail on Mother Earth.
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Celebrating Caritas Colleague Jill Blackbourn

November 2020

We continue to highlight our Caritas Colleagues and share their contribution and commitment to Caring Science. This month we are celebrating: Jill Louise Blackbourn, RN, Caritas Coach®, HeartMath Certified Trainer.

just BE it

Can you remember a moment where you were so profoundly moved that the experience touched you in mind, body, and spirit? That was me in 2008 when I heard Dr. Jean Watson speak at my organization, Gundersen Health System (GHS) in La Crosse, Wisconsin. My spirit soared as I listened and felt the love in her words; tears surprised me as they sprang to my eyes; and my mind grasped again the profound simplicity of loving and caring for others. And I wanted more…more of Jean’s wisdom, more of this feeling, more understanding.

In 2012, this “more” officially happened. Dr. Watson was once again visiting our organization and invited us to become a Watson Caring Science Institute Affiliate. Shortly thereafter, my beloved chief nursing officer, Dr. Mary Lu Gerke, asked me if I would be interested in applying to the Caritas Coach Education Program® (CCEP) with another colleague. I immediately said “yes”, and thus began my Caritas journey.

So, in 2012 in my 36th year as a nurse, having practiced in obstetrics and emergency care and now in the Department of Nursing, I graduated from CCEP Cohort 7 with my colleague and dear friend, Denise Nicholson. The program inspired us to go back to Gundersen ready to “transform self and system” as a Caritas Coach®…but how? A moment that stands out to me occurred at an event at Viterbo University in La Crosse shortly thereafter when I was talking with my friend, Dean of Nursing Dr. Silvana Richardson, who had graduated from CCEP in the previous cohort. I told her we had lots of ideas, but felt a bit overwhelmed and asked, “How do we begin?” Her words were powerful and so influential, as she repeated what Jean had shared at her graduation, and that was “just BE it”. Suddenly, it didn’t seem so unreachable or overwhelming. I WANTED to “just be it”, and though I understood the life-long journey of Caritas even then, I knew I could at least continue with this in my heart and as my goal. This continues as my compass.

What did we do…. (contributions to the legacy of Caring Science)

With Mary Lu’s full support, trust and participation, Denise and I began meeting with a small group of interested persons from many disciplines. This group soon transformed into our Caritas Circle. This multidisciplinary team, made up of staff nurses, nurses in leadership, physicians, and members from social work, pastoral care, respiratory care, physical therapy, and the sustainability program, helped to cultivate and grow Caring Science in our organization. Centering rooms were created for reflection and renewal. The idea for Nightingale Rounds was born in Circle, a venue where all employees were invited to hear presenters from many different areas in the organization share “meaningful stories of caring connections with others” that were then linked to the Caritas Processes®. In 2015, the Circle, along with our colleagues at Viterbo University, hosted the 21st International Caritas Consortium. Denise and I created and edited a video for this event, with help from our medical media department, which featured these and other Caritas projects that were underway.

Denise and I led work to launch an essential oils program at GHS. We created Caritas orientation programs for new employees, nursing orientation, chaplain students, nurse interns, and others. We designed and implemented an eight-month Caritas Residency Program that offered an opportunity for accepted applicants to “go deeper” into Caring Science and create a project that would help engage staff in their work environment, and presented this work at ICC in 2015.

Early on, nursing at GHS adopted Dr. Jean Watson’s Human Caring Theory as the foundation for a new nursing professional framework. We were able to showcase this work at Kaiser Permanente Southern California in 2014; in a video and resource material created with the Advisory Board and at ICC in 2016.

As I neared retirement, I wondered and worried how I would continue living and teaching Caritas. But that fear was squelched when I was asked to join the faculty of WCSI as a mentor in CCEP. What a gift! I also now serve as registrar for this program. It has been a blessing to continue Jean’s legacy and partner with its amazing Director Jan Anderson and all the loving faculty and staff as well as the many beautiful students from all corners of the United States and beyond.

The “more” continues!

Areas of expertise

I enjoy creating, writing, editing, presenting and sharing teaching/learning experiences that further expand the horizons for Caritas with others. I am most joy-filled when I see these Caritas pebbles ripple when shared by others:

When a new nurse writes how her perceptions of another change because of a reflective exercise she did in our Nurse Residency Caritas education: “I want to listen more, figure out how to spend more time with patients…Maybe I could ask patients at the beginning of the shift what would make it a good day.”

When a new manager attends Centralized Nursing Orientation, learning of the Nursing Professional Framework and Caritas, and the very next month incorporates a Caritas message into her newsletter to staff.

When a physician shares how she is incorporating Caritas while teaching her third-year medical students about empathy and compassion and care for each other – and how later, as they are graduating, she receives an award because of their nominations for her compassionate teaching.

It’s the ever-delightful ripples of Caritas – truly caring for each other – that inspire me and make me happy to be part of something bigger.

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Book Release – Lotus Library

For Immediate Release

Caring: a Passage to Heart
An Anthology of Caritas Processes® Experienced
Edited by Jean Watson and Marie Clayton

Boulder, COOctober 2020 — How do nurses care for themselves whilst they care for others? Watson Caring Science Institute’s Lotus Library proudly announce publication of an anthology of narratives displaying Watson’s 10 Caritas Processes® written by nurses and caregivers and compiled by Jean Watson and Marie Clayton.

Newsflash!

There will be a virtual book launch and reading at the International Caritas Consortium, October 22nd, 2020 | 3:15-4:15 Eastern Standard time. All welcome. Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3559769512

 

This keepsake book contains a collection of lived out stories written by caregivers as they go about their day-to-day work, revealing a personal or professional truth/value system which in become exemplars of the Watson 10 Caritas Processes® — the core of the Theory of Human Caring. The collection in this book originated from participants taking a free online course entitled ‘Caring Science Mindful Practice‘ facilitated by Kathleen Sitzman.

‘These stories cross and transcend cultures, roles, professions, borders and boundaries in locations around the world… uniting us in our humanity, across time and space, congruent with an online virtual world of today, whereby space connects, rather than separates.’  ~ Jean Watson, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, LL (AAN)

Foreword by: Jean Watson & Marie Clayton

Contributing Authors: Brooke Herrud, Jaylynn Garinger, Elaine Wright, Kelly Gidwani, Marie Hart Clayton, Dionel Venigas, Megan Schachinger, Zahra Almosawi, James Dixon III, Ciera Wall, Marian Turkel, Sara Horton-Deutsch, Judith Tipton, Melissa McElfish, Sharyl Eve Toscano, Angela O. Preddy, Karen White-Trevino, Elin Høyvik, Holly Clanton, Joycelyn Cudjoe, Macy Powers, Kelli Stangel, Carole Bergin, Mary Tolliver, Cindy Andrejasich, Raymond Leone, Zachary Wotherspoon, Irene Flores, Margaret Stewart, Pat McClendon, Donna Thomas, Natalie Hardee, Joy Shepard, Nina Reyes, Anna Biley, Irenious P. Suglo, Suzanna Joy Bell, Maureen Holt, Carole Bergin, Janet Thomas, Melody Blomquist, Candy Stern Hamacher, June Souaya, Susan McClanahan, A. Lynne Wagner, Cindy Cannizzaro, Kelli Stangel, Joy Shepard, Emily Barr, Lorre Laws, Mary Pepin.

There will be a virtual book launch and reading at the International Caritas Consortium, October 22nd, 2020 | 3:15-4:15 Eastern Standard time. All welcome. Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3559769512

Pre-order your copy.

Publication Date: October 2020
Paperback: 206 pages
Price: $24.99
Publisher: Lotus Library, an imprint of Watson Caring Science Institute
Language: English
ISBN print: 978-0-578-76929-5
Product Dimensions: 129mm wide x 198mm high
Ebook: Option available

Global WCSI Caring Science Webinar/Fundraiser — Dec 4, 2020

SUPPORT WCSI!
Friday, Dec 4, 2020 | 13:00 – 16:45 EST

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International Year of the Nurse & Midwife
Webinar to support and celebrate Watson Caring Science Institute projects

15 Minutes X 15 GLOBAL HUMAN CARING SCIENCE LEADERS
Reflect On: What’s Happening in Caring Science in Your Region?

Lovingly Sponsored by University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

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JOIN WEBINAR HERE https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82013756376

CURRENT PROGRAM

WELCOME from Dean Eli Provencio-Vasquez, Dean and Professor College of Nursing, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus


  • INDEGINOUS PEOPLES
    Gloria Littlemouse — Opening Blessing
    Diné (Navajo), RN, Ph.D.Candidate, MSN, Ed, HTP Caritas Coach®, End of Life Doula,Certified End of Life Nurse Educator
  • NORTH AMERICA
    Dr. Jean Watson
    Author: Theory of Human Caring /Transpersonal Caring; Unitary Caring Science, Founder Watson Caring Science Institute
    Distinguished Professor /Dean Emerita Univ of CO, BOULDER CO USA
  • UNITED NATIONS
    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
  • CHINA
    Dr. Yilan Liu
    Union Hospital of Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology
    Watson Caring Science Scholar
    Watson Theory Of Human Caring WUHAN, CHINA
  • JAPAN
    Dr. Mayumi Tsutsu, Phd, RN
    Emeritus Professor of Japanese Red Cross College of Nursing
    Special Contract Professor of Yokohama City University
    TOKYO, JAPAN
  • MIDDLE EAST
    Julie Benbenishty (ISRAEL) and
    Naela Heik (PALESTINE)
    Nurses In The Middle East
  • EUROPE
    Philippe Delmas Professeur HES ordinaire. Ph.D, MBA Responsable du LER « Qualité des soins et Sécurité des Patients » Geneva SWITZERLAND
    Tanja Bellier Phd in clinical psychology,  psychologist and humanistic psychotherapist; Assistante de recherche – Coordinatrice pédagogique
    Matteo Antonini, Institut et Haute Ecole de la Sante
  • SOUTH AFRICA 
    Prof Gisela H Van Rensburg and Charlene Downing 
    Associate Professor, Department of Nursing, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, SOUTH AFRICA
  • LATIN AMERICA
    Erika Caballero & Hector Rosso
    ICN Latin America Representative Santiago, CHILE / WCSI Coordinator URUGUAY
PROGRAMME
  • 13:00 13:05 Welcome and thank you Dean Eli Provencio-Vasquez
  • 13:05 – 13:10 Blessing and Honoring Indigenous Peoples – Gloria Littlemouse
  • 13:10– 13:30  Jean Watson Caring Science as Sacred Global Science
  • 13:30 – 13:40 INDIGENOUS PEOPLES Gloria
  • 13:40 – 13:55 UNITED NATIONS 15 minutes Holly
  • 13:55 – 14:10 JAPAN 15 minutes Mayumi
  • 14:10 – 14:25 CHINA 15 minutes Yilan
  • 14:25 – 14:40 MIDDLE EAST 15 minutes Julie and Naela
  • 14:40 – 14:55 Q&A all speakers (participants – use the Q&A rather than the chat section)
  • 14:55 – 15:10 BREAK
  • 15:10 – 15:15 Welcome back
  • 15:15 – 15:30 EUROPE 15 minutes (Philippe, Tanja and Matteo)
  • 15:30 – 15:45 SOUTH AFRICA 15 minutes Gisela and Charlene
  • 15:45 – 16:00 LATIN AMERICA 15 minutes Erika and Héctor
  • 16:00 – 16:10 JEAN synopsis of speakers 10 minutes
  • 16:10 – 16:30 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS 20 minutes
  • 16:30 – 16:45 JEAN CLOSES WITH WHOOSH and what now?
Audience

This event is open it anyone, but we encourage nursing students, ND, RNs Caritas Coaches®, WSCI Affiliate Systems, Post Docs and Senior Scholars Academics, CNOs and Auxiliary & Nurse Leaders

Speakers please share with your contacts!

Registration
  • Speakers: Free
  • Participants: Recommended Caritas Gift*: $65 minimum (tax deductible) This is to raise funds for WCSI! Please consider us for your end of year non-profit giving. Students: give what you can.

For further info: julie@watsoncaringscience.org

Join Webinar here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82013756376

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Book Launch! ICC

Join us for a special book reading and celebration as we launch our latest anthology:

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22nd
3:15-4:15PM, EST
FREE TO ATTEND

ZOOM LINK: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3559769512

This keepsake book contains a collection of lived out stories written by care givers, revealing a personal or professional truth – exemplars of the Watson 10 Caritas Processes® which is the core of the Theory of Human Caring.

“I hope the caring moments described in this book will inspire and encourage readers as they travel their own unique caring paths.” Kathleen Sitzman, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN

“These stories cross and transcend cultures, roles, professions, borders and boundaries in locations around the world. The Caritas stories and shared experiences unite us in our humanity, across time and space, congruent with an online virtual world of today, whereby space connects, rather than separates.” Jean Watson, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, LL (AAN)

The collection in this book originated from participants taking a free online course entitled ‘Caring Science Mindful Practice‘ facilitated by Kathleen Sitzman.

Now accepting pre-orders.


Join us for the 26th International Caritas Consortium!

EXPERIENCE THE COMMUNITAS OF ICC IN A VIRTUAL FORMAT
OCTOBER 19-23, 2020 | VIRTUAL

Hosted virtually by Ascension St. John Hospital and University of Detroit Mercy – College of Health Professions

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University of Miami Hospital Health System named WCSI National Caring Science Affiliate

Boulder, CO – September 2020 — Watson Caring Science Institute (WCSI) and Dr. Jean Watson are proud to announce the University of Miami Health System, Miami, FL, has been named a National Caring Science Affiliate System of WCSI. The designation recognizes UM Health System’s exemplary integration of Caring Theory and leadership commitment to offer informed Caring Science practices, to their patients and system.

Maureen Fagan, D.N.P., FNP-BC, FAAN, UM Health System’s Chief Nursing Executive (CNE) said: “We are delighted to be recognized as a WCSI National Caring Science Affiliate System. By integrating the WCSI ethos of Caring Science into everything we do shows we are committed to providing outstanding care for patients, family and staff.”

Elizabeth L. Smith, D.N.P, RN, the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for the University of Miami Hospital and Clinics explained, “It’s clear that the UM Health System is grounded in Caring Science in the way we work with each other and care for our patients and community. We know the difference Caring Science makes reducing staff burn out and creating a healing environment for all who enter our doors.” The University of Miami Health System is only one of twelve systems nationally which has been designated a WCSI Affiliate System.

Stephanie W. Ahmed, DNP, NP-BC Associate Chief Nurse Executive for Professional Practice and Clinical Excellence, University of Miami Health System and Watson Caring Science Postdoc Scholar in Residence continues “We are further embedding the theory by training an additional 6 nurses to become Caritas Coaches® which will further strengthen this wonderful work.” Jean Watson, Founder and Director of WCSI said: “UM has shown their commitment towards authentic, deep-rooted and sustainable Caring Science. We are thrilled to welcome the organization as a National Caring Science Affiliate System to further develop the emerging field of Caring Science.”

To become a National Caring Science Affiliate System, the University of Miami Health System has demonstrated to WCSI the authentically, deep-rooted and sustainable commitment to integrating Caring Science to transform and broaden whole person health and healing for its staff, patients, families and the surrounding community. >Learn more.


About University of Miami Health System, Miami, FL
The mission of the University of Miami Health System is to be a state-of-the-art academic medical center that serves the South Florida community and beyond. They carry this out by:

  • Delivering high-quality, compassionate health care
  • Leading life-changing discoveries and transforming patient care through innovative research
  • Educating the next generation of medical leaders
  • Promoting the health and well-being of our community
  • Nurturing diversity, equity, and inclusivity

>Learn more.

About Watson Caring Science Institute
Watson Caring Science Institute is an international non-profit 501C(3) organization that advances the unitary philosophies, theories and practices of ‘Caring Science’, developed by Dr. Jean Watson, Ph.D., RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, LL (AAN). Caring Science is a transdisciplinary approach that incorporates the art and science of nursing and includes concepts from the fields of philosophy, ethics, ecology and mind-body-spirit medicine.

There are an estimated 400 hospitals throughout the USA in which their professional practice model is based upon Watson’s philosophy and theory of human Caring Science. There are less than 20 systems nationally to be designated a coveted WCSI Affiliate status. The institute has trained hundreds of Caritas Coaches® globally to translate the theory into concrete human-to-human practices that help to repattern the culture of healthcare, and other organizations whereby the practitioners ‘live out’ the theory in their professional and personal lives, improving patient care, and reducing staff burn out.

Focusing on research, education, practice, legacy and leadership, Watson Caring Science Institute aims to deepen the development and understanding of Caring Science and Caritas Practices, to dramatically transform patient/family experiences of caring and healing in schools, hospitals, the wider community and our planet. www.watsoncaringscience.org

About Jean Watson
Jean Watson is a Distinguished Professor Emerita and Dean Emerita of the University of Colorado Denver, College of Nursing, where she held the Endowed Chair in Caring Science at the University of Colorado Denver and Health Sciences Center. She is the founder of the original Center for Human Caring in Colorado and an American Academy of Nursing Fellow. Watson also is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the National Fetzer Institute Norman Cousins Award, an International Kellogg Fellowship in Australia, a Fulbright Research and Lecture Award in Sweden, and six international honorary doctorate degrees. Watson is the author of more than 100 publications in Caring Science and of more than 30 books on the Science of Human Caring™, including the classic: Nursing. The Philosophy and Science of Caring which identifies the 10 core “Caritas Processes®’, universals of human caring, necessary for studying and implementing a model of Caring Science in practice. This work restores the deep-spiritual dimensions of Love with caring-healing as the foundation for preparing a new level of practitioners in Caring Science/Caritas HealthCare.

For further info/press inquiries contact Julie Watson: julie@watsoncaringscience.org

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WCSI Welcomes Unitek Learning as a Caring Science Academic Affiliate

Boulder, CO – September 2020 — Watson Caring Science Institute (WCSI) and Dr. Jean Watson are proud to announce Unitek Learning CA and NV, has been named a National Watson Caring Science Academic Affiliate — one of the first academic/clinical systems to achieve formal affiliation of The Watson Caring Science Institute.

The designation recognizes Unitek Learning’s exemplary integration of Caring Theory and leadership commitment to offer informed Caring Science curriculum to their nursing students and clinical system.  Unitek Learning joins Samuel Merritt University as the only other academic institution to have received the prestigious National Caring Science Affiliate System recognition status. Unitek Learning joins only twelve other systems nationally, including Stanford Health, CA, Ascension St. John, MI, and Brigham & Women’s, MA to name a few.

“The invitation is based on Unitek’s status as one of the pioneering Caring Science Educational-Clinical programs in the country,” said Dr. Stephanie Robinson, Regional Associate Dean of the BSN Program in Fremont and Bakersfield. “It demonstrates Unitek Learning’s commitment to standards of excellence, to implement new visions of Caring Science, and to serve as a national exemplar for education and practice.”

Jean Watson, Founder, Director of WCSI said “It is my honor to invite Unitek to be nationally recognized and identified as a National Caring Science Academic – Clinical Affiliate. This designation distinguishes Unitek and its clinical partners as a national leader in creating and implementing a Caring Science curriculum not only for educating nurses, but also within professional practice for the public, in full collaboration with clinical agencies.”

This designation is based upon Unitek being one of the pioneering comprehensive Caring Science Educational-Clinical programs in the country. It affirms Unitek’s commitment to standards of excellence, to implement new visions of Caring Science, and serving as national exemplars to other systems for transforming education and practice.

To become a National Caring Science Affiliate System, Unitek Learning demonstrated to WCSI the authentically, deep-rooted and sustainable commitment to integrating Caring Science to transform and broaden whole person health and healing for its staff, patients, families and the surrounding community. >Learn more.

About Unitek Learning
Unitek Learning is the parent company of several distinguished learning institutions: Unitek College, Unitek EMT, Eagle Gate College, Provo College, and Brookline College. Unitek programs teach the clinical practices and theory used in the field today. Equipped with a multitude of sought-after skills, Unitek graduates are prepared to excel in many of the fastest-growing careers in healthcare and nursing. >Learn more.

About Watson Caring Science Institute
Watson Caring Science Institute is an international non-profit 501C(3) organization that advances the unitary philosophies, theories and practices of ‘Caring Science’, developed by Dr. Jean Watson, Ph.D., RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, LL (AAN). Caring Science is a transdisciplinary approach that incorporates the art and science of nursing and includes concepts from the fields of philosophy, ethics, ecology and mind-body-spirit medicine.

There are an estimated 400 hospitals throughout the USA in which their professional practice model is based upon Watson’s philosophy and theory of human Caring Science. There are less than 20 systems nationally to be designated a coveted WCSI Affiliate status. The institute has trained hundreds of Caritas Coaches® globally to translate the theory into concrete human-to-human practices that help to repattern the culture of healthcare, and other organizations whereby the practitioners ‘live out’ the theory in their professional and personal lives, improving patient care, and reducing staff burn out.

Focusing on research, education, practice, legacy and leadership, Watson Caring Science Institute aims to deepen the development and understanding of Caring Science and Caritas Practices, to dramatically transform patient/family experiences of caring and healing in schools, hospitals, the wider community and our planet. www.watsoncaringscience.org

About Jean Watson
Jean Watson is a Distinguished Professor Emerita and Dean Emerita of the University of Colorado Denver, College of Nursing, where she held the Endowed Chair in Caring Science at the University of Colorado Denver and Health Sciences Center. She is the founder of the original Center for Human Caring in Colorado and an American Academy of Nursing Fellow. Watson also is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the National Fetzer Institute Norman Cousins Award, an International Kellogg Fellowship in Australia, a Fulbright Research and Lecture Award in Sweden, and six international honorary doctorate degrees. Watson is the author of more than 100 publications in Caring Science and of more than 30 books on the Science of Human Caring™, including the classic: Nursing. The Philosophy and Science of Caring which identifies the 10 core “Caritas Processes®’, universals of human caring, necessary for studying and implementing a model of Caring Science in practice. This work restores the deep-spiritual dimensions of Love with caring-healing as the foundation for preparing a new level of practitioners in Caring Science/Caritas HealthCare.

For further info/press inquiries contact Julie Watson: julie@watsoncaringscience.org

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International Research Inquiry Into Caring, Compassion and Gratitude

A joint project between The DAISY Foundation, Watson Science Caring Institute and Oklahoma City University

September 2020, Boulder, CO — Dr. Vanessa Wright, Associate Professor and a current Watson Caring Science Postdoctoral Scholar (2021) will be the lead Principle Investigator (PI) of a national research project through Watson Caring Science Institute and The DAISY Foundation. This project will be a qualitative method of theory-guided inquiry, under the guidance of Dr. Jean Watson, Founder of WCSI, and author of the Theory of Human Caring and Caring Science, Dr. Cynthia Sweeney, Vice President for Nursing, of the DAISY Foundation, and Dr. Marian Turkel, A WCSI faculty and Postgraduate WCS scholar. The project involves hermeneutic analysis of hundreds of retrospective data of DAISY stories of nurses, describing extraordinary compassionate care.

The DAISY Foundation was created in 1999 in memory of the extraordinary nursing care provided to J. Patrick Barnes during his eight-week hospitalization for idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura, an auto-immune disease. His family’s drive to say “thank you” to nurses for the compassionate and skillful care they provide every day has evolved over the years to play a strategic role in healthcare organizations. Today, over 4,500 healthcare organizations and schools of nursing in 29 countries are committed to honoring their nurses with The DAISY Award® for Extraordinary Nurses. To date, some 1.6 million nurses have been nominated by their patients, families, and colleagues, and over 136,000 awards have been granted. For information on DAISY’s programs please visit:  www.daisyfoundation.org

Watson Caring Science Institute (WCSI) is an international non-profit organization created to advance the philosophies, theories, and practices of Human Caring. The Theory and Science of Human Caring seek to restore the profound nature of caring-healing, bringing the ethic and ethos of Love back into Healthcare. WSCI is dedicated to help the current health care system retain its most precious resource – competent, caring professional nurses – while preparing a new generation of health professionals in a broader model of Caring Science.  www.watsoncaringscience.org

Further information on Kramer School of Nursing click here.

WCSI contact: julie@watsoncaringscience.org

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Celebrating Caritas Colleague Cheryl Handy

September 2020

We continue to highlight our Caritas Colleagues and share their contribution and commitment to Caring Science. This month we are celebrating: Cheryl T. Handy MN, RN, NE-BC, Caritas Coach®, HeartMath Certified Trainer.

“If nursing is to heal and is to be an expression of healing for self, others and the culture of our health systems, we need to make our wounds conscious.” ~ Jean Watson

“Please remember, it is what you are that heals, not what you know.” ~ Carl Jung

“Sacred One, teach us love, compassion and honor that we may heal the earth and heal each other.” ~ Native American Ojibway Prayer

My Journey……………. My Story

I, Cheryl T. Handy, want to first offer gratitude for all things and experiences in my life’s journey because it has been through “Grace” in my personal and professional experiences that has brought me to this moment in time.

I am the first Caritas Coach® at the Atlanta VA Health Care System and the first Caritas Coach in the state of Georgia. I began my Caring Science journey in 2008 when I attended my first International Caritas Consortium (ICC) at Amelia Island, Florida. At the ICC, I met Living Legend, Dr. Jean Watson, and I had an amazing experience. At that time, I did not quite understand the Theory of Human Caring; now reframed as the Philosophy and Science of Caring. However, I was so enthralled by the positive energy and vibrations that I felt from every person whom I met at this ICC. The authentic caring and love each person radiated out into the field, allowed me to experience higher vibrational frequencies resulting in me wanting to be a part of this collective Caritas Community. This was what I would call another unspeakable graceful moment that the universe brought this experience of loving, caring spirits to me or me to them.

It was in the fall of 2009 while entering the Caritas Coach Education Program® (CCEP) in Jackson Hole, Wyoming that I had an indescribable mystical experience at a “Sacred Smudging Ceremony” among Native Americans in the Grand Teton Mountains that drastically transformed the trajectory of my life. I recall the smudging directions of looking within and welcoming the energy of “within” that is the principle of being connected with all things, for all things are one and all things are related.

What resonated within me during the six-month matriculation process was so phenomenally profound and enlightening, unlike any other experience that I had ever had before. I recall my interest in pursuing nursing studies and I felt it was a calling because of my innate desire to serve as caretaker and help others heal. I spent several years in clinical practice as an oncology nurse, caring for and administering chemotherapy to veteran patients with malignant diagnosis, finding myself so involved in their care and healing that I had little time for self-care and healing. At times, I had the feeling that I had to be this heroine that cared for and assisted in healing everyone. Compounded by all of this, I worked within a culture that already resonated a vibration of pain and wounds brought about from the veteran’s and staff’s traumatic military experiences. After spending years in oncology, I later decided to pursue a role in nursing administration as an Associate Nurse Executive so that I could serve as a conscious nurse leader in fostering an environment for caring and healing among nurses.

My journey through the Caritas Coach Education Program (CCEP) enlightened me to see from a broader lens the essence of humanity; and, the program took me through the soil of life like a lotus flower, speaking and resonating a different language that we are not taught in school, through traditional curriculums that teaches us how to “do” instead of how to “Be”. Immediately upon completing the CCEP, I was on a mission like a heroine, to transform the culture of the Atlanta VA Healthcare System to one of authentic caring and healing from the inside out, one person, one nurse at a time; and, I thought that I could do so having experienced this level of inner awakening during my journey in CCEP. I was also instrumental in ensuring that Atlanta VA had at the time 12 additional nurses matriculate through CCEP and become Caritas Coaches. All of the Atlanta Caritas Sojourners were so passionate about this much needed work in Caring Science at the Atlanta VA and embedding Caring Science in all Nursing activities and policies — from incorporating Caring Science in the RN position descriptions as a practice dimension that was used as a model for other VAs, as well as, facilitated annual Caritas Literacy Skill Fairs incorporating the core components of Caring Science (10 Caritas Processes®, the Caring Moment, Transpersonal Caring Relationships).

The implementation of Caring Science within the Atlanta VA culture was successful for many years and we were also consulted by other VAs for implementation of Caring Science and during that time period, was designated as a Watson Caring Science Affiliate. Veterans and staff alike were experiencing the transformational shift and we all benefited from it resulting in the Atlanta VA being designated as, at one time, a Magnet Designated Facility and received a re-designation.

As the first Caritas Coach, I had authentically embodied and embraced Caring Science in every fiber of my being and had oversight and spearheaded all Caring Science activities with the assistance of my Caritas Sojourner colleagues. The experience for me was like an alchemist experience where I knew that I was not the same and could never go back to old ways of doing, especially since I had embarked on a continuous journey of evolving as an enlightened Being.

Little did I know that after experiencing so many positive and transformational years with Caring Science, being the Atlanta VA Nurses Professional Practice Model that brought about so much energetic light, that a season of lethargy and non-awakened states would emerge within the culture that would test my authenticity and personal commitment to the work in Caring Science. I felt as though a rug was pulled from under us and several of my colleagues left who experienced lower vibrations that manifested as fear, like the uncertainty and unknowns that have been brought about with COVID-19.

Since I was passionately vocal, there was an attempt to silence me. As a result of my inner awakening through Caritas Consciousness; higher vibrations resonated within me, allowing me to be present to deciding with nonresistance, courage and compassion for self and others to become a conscious participant in the unfolding of the higher purpose. Whereby I initially thought my fate was to transform a system, I know now that through this adventurous journey of peaks and valleys, I personally experienced an even deeper inner self-transformation through Caritas Consciousness. Dr. Watson (2008) describes this higher consciousness as “contributing to worldwide changes at personal and professional levels through your own practices of Being; holding an expanded consciousness, radiating different messages, affecting the subtle energetic environment, spreading healing, wholeness, forgiveness, beauty, love, kindness, and equanimity.” Also, it was during this season of non-resistance, stillness, and surrendering that miracles and blessings unfolded, (Caritas Process 10) allowing me to experience a higher, deeper order of life’s phenomena that cannot be understood with the ordinary mind and conventional mindsets. I joined the Watson Caring Science Institute as a Faculty Associate and became a HeartMath Certified Trainer through the HeartMath Institute.

Contribution to the Legacy of Caring Science

“To Realize One’s Destiny Is A Person’s Only Obligation.” ~ From the Alchemist

The inner awakening that I experienced as a Caritas Coach cannot be reversed and I have realized my destiny. My mission is to remain committed to the work in Caring Science/Unitary Caring Science resonating and radiating an evolved Caritas Consciousness for caring and healing affecting the entire universal field of humanity wherever I am present, locally or non-locally. I am currently engaged in educational training opportunities for veterans and staff in Caritas-HeartMath that has been most beneficial especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. As a WCSI Faculty Associate, I continue to mentor/coach students in Caring Science especially in cultivating their own personal practices so that they can be prepared to carry out the work in ways that are biogenically meaningful, life giving and life receiving for self and others. I am deeply passionate and have an interest in pursuing doctoral studies in the area of expanded human consciousness through Unitary Caring Science/Caritas Consciousness to help prepare nurses for the evolving era in the present and future.

Location

Atlanta, Georgia USA

Publications

Handy, C. (2010). “Caritas Literacy Education: Transformation to a Caring Culture”.
Watson Caring Science Institute Caritas Coach Education Program Abstract.

Professional Caring (Caritas) Presentations

Conscious Visionary Nurses on the Edge of Evolution. Inspiring nurses and nurse leaders to create the future of health care. Healing with the Arts co-sponsored by Watson Caring Science Institute. May 2020.

24th Annual International Caritas Consciousness and 40th Anniversary Celebration in Caring Science presentation in San Francisco, October 17-18, 2019 titled, “Self-Transformation through Caritas Consciousness – my personal journey to enlightenment”

Gardner-Webb University, Boiling Springs, North Carolina – presentation to DNP students titled, “Caritas Consciousness and Mindful Practice”, September 25, 2019

Caring Science consultant for WellStar Atlanta Medical Center Integrative Health Program, February 13, 2019

Nurses Week Keynote Speaker, Atlanta VA Healthcare System, May 7, 2018, “Nurses Inspire, Innovate, and Influence through Caritas Consciousness”

Black History Month Speaker, Atlanta, Georgia February 2018, Buckhead Senior Facility, “Radiating Peace and Love through Caritas Consciousness”

Black History Month Speaker, Atlanta, Georgia February 2017, Buckhead Senior Facility, “Radiating Peace and Love through Caritas Consciousness”

Black History Month Speaker, Atlanta, Georgia February 2016, Buckhead Senior Facility, “Radiating Peace and Love through Caritas Consciousness”

Nurses Week Keynote Speaker, Atlanta VA Healthcare System, May 2014, “Nurses Leading the Way through Caritas Transformation”

Caring Conference, Tampa VA March 2014, “Atlanta VAMC Transformation to a Caring Culture”

5th Annual Celebration of Caring, Winston Salem, North Carolina (Sponsored by Wake Forest Baptist) November 2013 – “Transformation of Self and Systems through Caritas Literacy”

International Caritas Consortium, “Caritas Leadership”, Dearborn, Michigan, October 2013

Caring Conference, Omaha, Nebraska (Sponsored by Omaha VAMC) May 2013, “Transformation of Self and Systems through Caring Science Literacy”

International Caritas Consortium, Boulder, Colorado, April 2012 – “Atlanta VAMC Journey of Transformation through Caritas Literacy”

Coordinates annual Caring Science/Caritas Literacy Skill Fairs May 2010 – Present

Transformation of Self and Systems through Caritas Literacy, November 2009 – Atlanta VAMC

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Board Appoints Julie Watson as new Executive Director, Watson Caring Science Institute

August 2020, Boulder, CO

Watson Caring Science Institute Board of Directors is happy to announce Julie Watson has been named Executive Director of WCSI to stabilize the operations of the Institute. Julie has been involved with the Institute for the past 3½ years in a transition role, and as Managing Editor of our imprint Lotus Library. She remains dedicated to supporting and living out the mission of the non-profit to ensure her Mother, Dr. Jean Watson’s legacy lives on. “I’m honored to step into the role of Executive Director,” she said, “Since my involvement, I’ve deepened my understanding of Caring Science and Theory, particularly through the Caritas Coach Education Program® (CCEP), which was life changing for me.”

Jean Watson, Founder and Director said “As we enter a new season, even in midst of such pandemic upheaval, Human Caring — our mission — needs a solid foundation, a home. I’m delighted with the Board’s decision to bring Julie on to focus on the operational side of things.”

Jean Watson remains Founder and Director of WCSI while disengaging from the daily operations of the Institute. She continues to be involved selectively with programs and projects which further the visionary work of the Institute.

In assuming the Executive Director role, Julie builds upon her graduate degrees and diverse background from her professional work experiences in Brighton, England where she co-founded a non-profit. Her experience of having worked in community arts education and successfully fundraised for innovative community development and healing arts programs will be a great asset to WCSI.

Julie’s Background

Julie can be reached at julie@watsoncaringscience.org.

Other Team members remain the same:

Finance: Katie Small katie@watsoncaringscience.org
Website/Social Media: Carol Wadsworth carol@watsoncaringscience.org
WCSI Faculty Associates: all experts in Caring Science can be found on our website, please consider them for your professional development/training needs.

Photo: Jean & Julie Watson at the 2nd Global Human Caring Conference, Montevideo Uruguay.

For further info/press inquiries contact: julie@watsoncaringscience.org.

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Dr. Jean Watson and Nurse Brennan Belliveau Interview

Dr. Jean Watson, one of the most influential American theorists, joined Nurse Brennan Belliveau of The Adventurous Nurse on August 24, 2020.

Dr. Watson and Nurse Brennan discussed past, present, and future trends within the nursing profession and the delivery of health care.

Thank you for everyone on the frontlines here in the USA and across the world, making a difference in the lives of your patients and families. By taking a caring and compassionate approach within the patient-nurse relationship, we can continue to enhance the lives and support the journeys for those who we are so fortunate enough to be able to work with, each and every day.

Brennan Belliveau, BSN
brennan@theadventurousnurse.com
theadventurousnurse.com

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Celebrating Caritas Colleague Chris Griffin

August 2020

We continue to highlight our Caritas Colleagues and share their contribution and commitment to Caring Science. This month we are celebrating: Chris Griffin PhD, RN, NPD-BC, CPN, Caritas Coach®, Master HeartMath Trainer. 

Dignity, care, connection, moments all matter. If you forget these, you forget your purpose and you become a robot offering medicine not healing.

Becoming a nurse was not always my career of choice. I knew growing up that I wanted to work with children. I knew early on in life that I enjoyed caring for other people. There is something magical when you make a unique difference in someone else’s life, especially a child’s. It grounds you in a way that is both fulfilling and gives you a sense of reason for your existence. Like many nurses I idolized the idea of saving lives and being a hero. I thought every nurse shared the same belief that the role meant giving of yourself in order to make a meaningful difference in the world. That the ability to care was the reward for the job. I quickly learned that while many nurses start with this in their hearts, the demands of the job can overwhelm that ideal, leaving caring people in survival mode with not a lot left to offer their patients.

Before I even left school, I was already becoming disheartened by the realities of what nursing had become. There were times I had decided that nursing was not going to be my path, but every time I got close to stepping away something would happen to bring me back in. Rather someone would happen. One such person was a woman who I met on a surgical rotation.

I was pawned off on a clinical assistant by a busy nurse who did not want to precept yet another nursing student. I worked with this clinical assistant as she robotically gave every patient their bed bath for the day. She was always rushed and never talked to the patients because in her words “they don’t even know we are here”. They had become objects to her. Tasks that she could check off and move on to the next. One of the patients was a woman who had fallen in her kitchen and could not get to a phone to call for help. She was found comatose and during her recovery was not able to move or talk. The second day I again found myself on bath duty and was assigned to this patient on my own. Since I had the time, I took extra care of her. I wanted her to know I cared. That she mattered. I talked to her even though she could not make eye contact. I covered her body to offer dignity even though she had no control. I made sure she was warm through the whole process as I cleaned her body and massaged in lotion to bring relief to her muscles. She never moved or made a sound during the whole time I was with her, so I left not knowing if I accomplished helping her feel care.

The next week I went back, and she asked to see me. I was surprised as I was told her prospects of recovering were low. As I approached her, she began to cry. She asked to hold my hand and told me that the bath I gave her saved her life. She had decided not to try and get better because she felt like she was no longer human, and that she didn’t matter to anyone. Then I talked to her, told her she had beautiful eyes. I gave her dignity by seeing the human behind the diagnosis and gave her the hope she needed to keep trying. A simple bath, that offered dignity and a simple connection was what sustained her as a human until she could recover and heal.

I went back to school with an entirely different perspective of what nursing was supposed to be. Dignity, care, connection, moments all matter. If you forget these, you forget your purpose and you become a robot offering medicine not healing.

This is just one story of so many that remind me why I choose to care for others and why I need a foundation in Caring Science to stay connected to my values as a nurse. I was close to losing this connection when I was introduced to Jean Watson and the Theory of Caring Science. Almost immediately it reconnected me to my heart and the purpose of love and compassion for myself and others.

Now I work to share this narrative and listen to others as we learn how to sustain ourselves to be able to continue to sustain others. To help them understand that self-care and self-compassion are not side work they are the work. That only when you become whole, can you fully care for another and help them find healing. This is the work and I hope others join me as we begin again…

Areas of Expertise

Christine Griffin is a nurse at Children’s Hospital Colorado, board-certified nurse in professional development matching expertise in adult learning with a passion to heal the healers in healthcare. For the past ten years Chris has develop resiliency curriculum, presented at national and international conferences and offered workshops with healthcare organizations around the country. Chris became a Caritas Coach in 2009 and is a faculty for the Caritas Coach Education Program® (CCEP). In her PhD program Chris studied how a foundation in Caring Science helps inform compassion fatigue interventions to decrease burnout, mediate secondary trauma and increase compassion satisfaction for healthcare providers. Chris has a passion to help other healthcare providers build a practice of self-care and compassion through a shared narrative and experiential learning opportunities to decrease the suffering of those who are called to care for others.

Contribution to the Legacy of Caring Science

Receiving my PhD in Nursing/Caring Science has created an important avenue to illustrate how the practices and values of Caring Science can serve all care givers. Caring Science does not have all the answers to magically fix the complexities of being a nurse/care giver. It cannot change acuities of patients or take away the inadequacies of medicine as an imperfect science. It does not attempt to minimize the pain and suffering of the experiences to create a false sense of ‘just do this’ and it will be easy. Caring Science begins by honoring all these intricacies and giving voice to deep connection the nurses/care givers feel for their patients. It unabashedly reminds medical models that Caritas professionals offer expertise that no other part of healthcare understands or attempts to provide. Jean Watson herself, draws on concepts like consciousness, oneness, vulnerability, dignity that at times seem intangible to modern medicine but are a perfect description of what a nurse does. She then freely imparts her comprehensive understanding of human caring to provide a theoretical foundation that nurses/care giver can stand on as they work through the complexities of their roles. Most importantly Jean Watson presents a way to build a practice around these concepts so that every nurse/care giver has a path toward personal wholeness. They include honoring relational based care that invites love and transpersonal care to the bedside, an ethical foundation that honors dignity and compassion for both care provider and patient, and practices that bring in compassion as a consciousness, being in right relation with self, equanimity and loving kindness that celebrate the sacredness of the compassion nurses/care givers offer the world.

The aim of my study was to understand the lived experience of care providers. It starts with the two key presuppositions. First, we agree that no care provider should suffer because they choose to care for others. Also, we must agree that no care provider should feel dehumanized because they find themselves unable to care anymore. What is offered in Caring Science honors both of those beliefs and offers some tangible ways to minimize suffering for the care provider. The practices within Caring Science are an offering to nurses; an invitation to examine a new way of being and becoming within a nursing practice; a way to build new patterns and possibilities towards flourishing as a nurse/care giver. I want to continue to share Jean Watson’s legacy of this type of care, to remind care givers that if Jean Watson were here now, she would probably bow to honor everything they do and gently remind them that they deserve to be whole. She would also ask each care giver to be kinder to themselves;  permission to not heal the entire world because that will simply break them. Rather she would ask the care giver to begin to heal themselves knowing that when nurses/care givers are healed, so is the world.

Location

Denver, CO

Publications

Griffin, C. (2020) Contributor in: Nursing Theories and Nursing Practice 5th Edition, Smith, M., Philadelphia, PA: FA Davis.

Griffin, C. (2018) Chapter in: Caritas Coaching: A journey toward transpersonal caring for informed moral action in healthcare, Horton-Deutsch, S. & Anderson, J. Indianapolis, IN: Sigma