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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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, researcher 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:

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.

Further information on Kramer School of Nursing click here.

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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.


Atlanta, Georgia USA


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

Other Team members remain the same:

Finance: Katie Small
Website/Social Media: Carol Wadsworth
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.

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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

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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.


Denver, CO


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

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Call for Latin American Miracles & Mysteries Narratives

Send us your Miracles and Mysteries narratives!

Caritas Process® 10: Openness
Open to spiritual, mystery, unknowns-allowing for miracles.

Lotus Library and Watson Caring Science Institute Latin America (WCSI LA) are collecting real life stories around miracles and mysteries witnessed by nurses to be published as a book through our imprint Lotus Library. These can be stories you’ve experienced whilst working or even from your personal life.

Please keep your narrative to at least 250 words, but no more than 2000 words. Any stories with identifying information of clients will not be accepted; please change the names and keep the rest of the details. Please also give us a title for your story.

Submissions will be accepted until 5pm December 15th 2020. You can send us more than one example if you like. Please send your submissions in Spanish in a word document to Hector Rosso,

Please also give us consent to share your name and affiliation, or you can also choose to remain anonymous. Please note: there will be no monetary reimbursement for your story to be published.

We will let you know by March 1, 2021 if your story will be published. We hope to have this volume published by October 2021, in time for the III Global Human Caring Congress Latin America.

We appreciate your interest and willingness in this venture. We welcome any questions or comments you may have. Email us at and Erika Caballero

en español

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Caring During Desperate Times

Watch Jean Watson’s recent webinar with Tipton Health Communications on Caring During Desperate Times.

Transpersonal Caring Moments — Just Like This… Nursing behind the scenes of pandemic COVID-19.

Jean discusses how to maintain transpersonal caring relationships, Caritas Presence, micro-practices for caring moments and more in the midst of the sometimes desperate situations caused by the pandemic.

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Call for Articles for Caring Science-Themed Journal

Call for Investigation Articles for Inclusion in a Special ‘Caring Science’ Themed Journal Edition Topic:
The Challenge of Caring Science/Human Caring During the COVID-19 Pandemic

GUEST EDITOR: Dr. Jean Watson
CONTACTS: Paz Soto: and César Avilés:
DEADLINE: December 15th, 2020

Submit articles to Horizon Journal of Nursing (Horizonte de Enfermería)
SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Guidelines for Authors

ADDITIONAL INFO: Horizon Journal of Nursing is a scientific publication of the School of Nursing of Pontificia Catholic University of Chile, founded in 1990. It aims to be a national benchmark in the field of nursing and health, recognized for its contribution in the dissemination of knowledge and for constituting a space for dialogue between different health professionals as well as other disciplines related to people’s health.

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Just Like This – This Now – This One Moment

National Board of Peruvian Nursing Journal
RECIEN“, Peruvian Board of Nurses.
VOL.9 / N ° 2
August 30, 2020
Peruvian Nursing Day
Special Issue

Nursing Leadership During COVID-19

Just Like This – This Now – This One Moment
© Watson, J., 2020

‘There is no hiding place down here … do not turn your face away’.
~Maya Angelou


The 2020 year of the COVID-19 Pandemic is one and the same as the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife. This is the year we all will remember, as the year we are stopped in our tracks. 2020, the year we had to face the underside of a ‘world that is too much with us’ – threatening human-planetary health and survival Itself. We cannot turn our face away.

This time is an invitation for nursing leadership to come of age for a new consciousness, in harmony with the call for new visionary, conscious leadership for nursing and Human/Planet healing/health/survival. This is a time to honor Peruvian Nursing historic leader Santa Rosa de Lima and continue its mission as it celebrates Peruvian National Nursing Day, August 30, 2020.


Perhaps it is no coincidence that 2020 is the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

COVID-19 Pandemic calls forth and advances the finest of what international nursing and midwifery have always offered to humanity and Planet Earth. Such crises of humanity call forth nursing leadership to give voice and articulate its timeless covenant with global humanity, to sustain caring/healing/health for all.

2020 Pandemic year has brought the world face-to-face with what nurses have faced since before Nightingale and beyond. That is: facing the depth of human suffering, sorrow, illness, despair, pain, loss, grief, death, dying; and fear and threats associated with such; including individual and diverse cultural meanings and responses to life/death and all-in-betweens.

Here is where nursing steps in and resides, consciously, intentionally, tending to all care aspects of human/family/community/Mother Earth, honoring our shared humanity on the planet. This is why Peruvian Nurses are celebrating, since 1955, Santa Rosa de Lima in honor of its National Nursing Day.

It is here that across time and through history of nursing leaders and legends, that nursing locates itself. It does so not only in its history, but now, in this current Pandemic time Just Like This – This Now – This One Moment with knowledge, dignity and wisdom for informed moral action or praxis of caring/healing/wholeness – honoring the sanctity of death, in the midst of life. Honoring and tending to the full life-death spectrum, the inevitable sacred wheel of life.

But such conscious visionary nursing in Just Like This – This Now – This One Moment, has been hidden, unseen, because, not looked for, cloistered away behind the hospital walls and institutional, bureaucratic medical-technical treatment glare. Perhaps it is because it happens in Just Like This – This Now – in This One Moment, that it is difficult for even nurses to see and name.

“That is just what we do” is often nurses refrain, leaving these Just Like This – This Now – This One Moments unnamed and unclaimed and invisible; longing to be seen, honored, recognized and affirmed beyond ad hoc, momentary unconscious practices. That is why we need conscious evolved nursing leaders who can name, honor and create voice, language and informed moral social/planetary action for the Just Like This – This Now – This One Moment. This moment of global nursing — transcending time, touching and sustaining the burning, life-blood of humanity/our Divine Mother.

Nightingale reminded us we need passion, intellect, moral ideals and a place to put them to use. Now – Just Like This – This Now – This One Moment is the time for such directions for caring/healing and whole person/whole Planet health for all.

COVID-19 Pandemic – Nursing and ‘Just Like This – This Now – This One Moment…’

In spite of the challenges of COVID-19, and in the midst of the Pandemic, what has emerged is attention to what matters. When all is said and done and there is nothing and everything between the patient and the nurse except their shared humanity, there is the Just Like This – This Now – This One Moment’, which may be all there is.

In this Just Like This – This Now – One Pandemic Moment resides the transpersonal caring moment (Watson, 1988); it holds the nurse’s evolved loving-kindness consciousness, commitment and devotion to caring. For this one person in This One Moment, it is Just Like This – This Now – This One Moment which transcends time, space, and physicality and affects the nurse and patient/family as long as they live, and through and beyond death and dying.

In this Just Like This – This Now – This One Moment there is the nurse leader’s consciousness of caring as a sacred act; there, in this Just Like This – This Now – This One Moment, is the nurse practicing the 10 Caritas Processes® (Watson, 2008, 2018), universals of human caring, and living out timeless eternal values of the highest good for all: Veritas Praxis (Eupraxis) (Watson, 2018).

Just Like This – This Now – This One Moment the Conscious Visionary Pandemic Nurse Leader is:

  • Embracing the practice of loving-kindness, compassion and service to self as well as to patient/family; community; tending self-caring as the first principle of caring and compassion with others. The nurse leader is working on healing his/her relations with self/other; embracing human suffering as part of sacred circle of life/death; finding new meaning in life itself; ‘remembering purpose’ (Biley, 2019).
  • Inspiring faith and hope when, and where, there is despair; inviting transcendence and sacred presence; honoring divinity and beliefs of other, beyond egoic self; allowing for prayer, rituals, ceremonies, indigenous practices that inspire and in-spirit patients/families/communities/loved ones.
  • Trusting transpersonal higher self; offering trust, where there is no-trust; staying within the other’s subjective frame of reference for meaning and inner experience, when all others are focusing on outer disease, diagnosis, procedures, tasks or treatment of the body physical. Where there is a lack of trust through chaos; the many unknown, unnamed, sterile, institutional hospital personnel, coming and going, there is the conscious visionary nurse/leader Just Like This – This Now – This One Moment establishing a trusting transpersonal relationship through a look, a touch, a non-verbal hand gesture, a silent transpersonal presence, a soothing voice, a calming and soothing spirit, lingering long after the conscious intentional nurse/leader has left the room.
  • Nurturing Transpersonal Caring Relationship through authentic compassionate heart-to-heart, spirit-to-spirit connection – attending to dynamic pattern and rhythm of self/other; the conscious nurse-self is there with Caritas presence as the instrument of caring/healing. The conscious visionary nurse/leader is there with gifts of self to attend to; to fulfill sensitive, kind acts of comfort, of simple requests — responding to what is needed in the moment to nurture and support the other.
  • Forgiving self and other allowing expression of positive and negative feelings; non-judgmentally holding sacred, safe space, silence, pausing, listening to and accepting another’s story for meaning; realizing this one moment is all there is; knowing I may be the only one to hear their story; realizing, listening to another’s story may be the finest healing gift. Where there is fear and unknowns within and without, there is the one moment of the conscious nurse, quietly listening to the patient, family, allowing for expression of negative and positive feelings as an emotional and spiritual release – and being present, listening to story as a healing act itself.
  • Deepening creativity and creative self through solution-seeking; transcending conventional patterns and responses to problems; drawing upon, honoring cultural and individual diversity; the conscious visionary nurse is calling upon the finest of all ways and forms of knowing for fullness of Being and Deciding. Where there is lack of personal protective equipment (PPE), ventilators, masks, and medical equipment and supplies, there is the Just Like This – This Now – This One Moment, where the creative conscious nurse leader is problem solving; creating new novel approaches and solutions; innovating and improvising; finding new ways to assist with breathing, relaxing, balancing of patient’s energy field; helping patient access their own inner healer, with and through machinery and technology.
  • Balancing teaching and learning for individual/patient/family needs; calming teaching, educating families and communities; balancing facts/information with meaning, understanding and wisdom; coaching individuals and groups in self-caring, self-knowledge, self-control and self-healing, preventive and healthful practices for highest good for all. The conscious, visionary nurse/leader educator knows that every human being needs to be seen – to be heard — and to know they matter and what they think and say matters.
  • Co-creating a Healing environment at all levels; appreciating pattern; repatterning the energetic field; being the Caritas field of love and kindness; developing new patterns of delivery of caring/healing that transcend institutional constraints and out-of-date patterns and mindsets. Where there is chaos, there is the visionary conscious nurse/leader repatterning the environment, including use of self as the environmental field, transcending all other distractions and barriers; a movement, a photo, a color, a work of art, a poem, a dance twirl – inviting full use of self, in the one moment as a healing art – finding ways to touch the patient’s spirit affecting the person’s body, emotions, and mind as one.
  • Ministering reverentially by assisting with basic needs of self/other as a sacred ministration; sustaining dignity and integrity; offering sacred service through touching of mindbodyspirit as one. When and where there is no human skin-to-skin touch, there is the nurse’s energetic healing, non-contact/loving presence touch; providing human compassionate eye contact, as a healing gaze, a soft melodic voice. Where there is the patient in need of basic care, there is the nurse in the Just Like This – This Now – This One Moment offering tender loving care as a sacred act — maybe one of the greatest gifts we can offer to humanity, when in need.

And it is here in the Just Like This – This Now – This One Moment that the Conscious Visionary Nurse/Leader is:

  • Opening to Infinity – for spiritual, existential mysterious unknowns, allowing for and accepting miracles as part of the life/death cycle and mystery of life and human experiences; open to co-mingling of spirit-science-soul where mystery lives, and miracles are invited and allowed. It is here, behind the scenes, opening to the other side of the thin veil of life/death, the conscious visionary nurse leader is witnessing and participating in miracles of life and death and all in-between; opening to infinity of the cosmic universe; participating in the great sacred circle of life itself. And the conscious visionary nurse/leader is offering her gifts of self-in-service to humanity and Mother Earth.
    • Just Like This – This Now – This One Moment, becomes the true miracle and mystery of Nursing and Leadership (Watson, 2008).
    • Where there is death — and there is now Death/Dying in many forms, and more and more death! — it is the conscious visionary nurse leader who is there, in the one-moment ushering in death as part of life, bringing it in from the shadows of our outer world reality as the sacred passage of the soul to light. It is here, in this in-between-space of nurse/leader dedication, where nurses are literally dying through humble service, awakening the public and the profession of the reality of pandemic risks.
    • Just Like This – This Now – This One Moment is the nurse/leader attending to the dying and the family as a sacred act, finding the kindest and most loving and creative ways to sustain human touch and dignity; not allowing a patient to die alone. And after death there is the One Moment of tending to the body as a sacred act, on behalf of the patient, family, self and system. And when all is said and done, in the Just Like This – This Now – This One Moment the conscious nurse/leader is consoling the family and loved one, the staff and self through sorrow, sadness, grief and grieving – crying with and for self/other as part of the same experience.

We are facing a new unitary worldview requiring an evolved consciousness, for an unknown future. Evolved, conscious visionary nurses and nurse leaders are called to articulate and act on, the timeless, universal values, philosophy and theories of the discipline of nursing.

Just Like This – This Now – This One Moment, lies nursing’s dormant call to social/moral justice, to caring literacy, to a leap into a quantum consciousness; an awakening to nursing as informed moral, eu/praxis as a form of ‘sacred activism’; nurse leaders as spiritual existential advocates for global humanity and public health/environmental health as health for all.

Just Like This – This Now – In This One Eternal Moment conscious visionary nurse leaders are the midwives for Human/Planet Health, healing and forgiving past errors of humanity. Finally we enter the open portal to the future. Nursing wakes up; stands in place as the Universal ageless archetypal Priestess for humanity/Mother Earth.

When someone asks what there is to do, light the candle in his hand.

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Biley, A. (2019). Birds Hold Our Secrets. Boulder, CO: Lotus Library. Watson Caring Science Institute.

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Watson, J. (2018). Unitary Caring Science. Philosophy and Praxis of Nursing. Louisville, CO: University Press of Colorado.

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Caritas Healing Connections

We invite you to join us monthly for a chance to return to your Caritas Community to share and reconnect.

Maybe you have a poem to read or you want to give/receive a healing. Perhaps you want to share something your system has implemented that’s worked well (or not well).

Free Soul Technique | Caritas Reading | Distance Reiki | Metta Meditation

Every 3rd Saturday of the month | one hour
~ 10am Pacific
~ 11am Mountain
~ 12 noon Central
~ 1pm Eastern

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Free. Available to anyone.

October 17, 2020 — Agenda

Agenda coming soon!

Got an agenda item? Email us!

Upcoming 2020 Schedule:
  • November 21
  • December 19
Facilitated for WCSI by:

Marcy B Newman, DACM, RN, MPH, Employee Whole Health Program Manager, Phoenix VA Health Care System. Marcy teaches/practices: iRest Meditation, Chair Yoga, Guided Imagery, Metta Meditation, Diaphragmatic Breathing and Body Scan.

Lauren Khalifeh, BSN,RN, HNC-BC, CAPH Holistic Coordinator for St. Joseph’s University Medical Center, Paterson, NJ. Lauren practices Pranic Healing – Prayer Based Healing (Energy Healing), Free Soul Technique, Meditations, Guided Imagery, Hand Massage, Drumming and Om Mani Padme Hum session, EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique).

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Watson Caring Science Institute Joins The DAISY Foundation as a Supportive Association

Boulder CO, June 2020 — Given their shared passion for ensuring health care is provided to patients and families by compassionate, competent nurses, The DAISY Foundation™ and the Watson Caring Science Institute (WCSI) have committed to supporting each other’s missions. DAISY is dedicated to providing meaningful recognition of extraordinary compassionate nurses internationally. WCSI advances the philosophies, theories, and practices of Human Caring, originated by Dr. Jean Watson. “The synergy between our missions is so strong, it was time we started working on ways to advance each other’s work. The work of WCSI is a significant reason why there are so many DAISY Award-nominated nurses, and we cannot wait to honor even more nurses for compassionate, Caring Science-inspired nurses,” said Bonnie Barnes, FAAN, DAISY’s Co-founder, CEO.

Dr. Watson said, “The Daisy award exemplifies and showcases how individual nurse’s excellence in caring and compassion bring the light of human caring into institutional darkness. I’m delighted we join our shared values and mission to help celebrate nurses’ and system excellence.”

WCSI will help promote The DAISY Award® for Extraordinary Nurses to more healthcare organizations in the U.S. and internationally. DAISY will help promote its model of human caring and Caritas practices that focus on personal authentic theory-guided professional practice, honored with the DAISY Award.


Co-Founders Bonnie & Mark Barnes

The DAISY Foundation is a not-for-profit organization, established in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, by members of his family. Patrick died at the age of 33 in late 1999 from complications of Idiopathic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (ITP), a little known but not uncommon auto-immune disease. (DAISY is an acronym for Diseases Attacking the Immune System.) The care Patrick and his family received from nurses while he was ill inspired the creation of The DAISY Award® for Extraordinary Nurses, an evidenced-based means of providing Nurse recognition and thanking Nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families.

In addition to the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses, the Foundation expresses gratitude to the nursing profession internationally in nearly 4,500 healthcare facilities and schools of nursing with recognition of direct care Nurses, Nurse-led Teams, Nurse Leaders, Nursing Faculty, Nursing Students, Lifetime Achievement in Nursing and through the J. Patrick Barnes Grants for Nursing Research and Evidence-Based Practice Projects and Medical Mission Grants. More information is available at


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Caritas Community Mourns WCSI Founding President Ronald Lesinski

Boulder, CO June 2020

It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of WCSI’s Founding President and Official Photographer, Ronald Lesinski who has passed away peacefully at his home in Bahia de Kino, Sonora Mexico.

Ron was known and loved by all in the Caritas Community – always the man in the room with a camera and a grin – his wry sense of humour enabling the smiles to flow freely. Ron was forever on hand supporting Jean as they travelled the world documenting the enormous impact Jean and Caring Science and Human Caring Theory had on Nurses and care givers – their ultimate goal: to help make the world a better place.

The son of the late US Michigan Congressman John Lesinski Jr, Ron grew up in Dearborn, Michigan where he learned to love Motown and music. This helped him through his time in Viet Nam where he was drafted as a young naive serviceman. It was here that he learned survival on a humanistic level. He later gave up his long-standing career as a ‘journeyman pressman’ with The Arizona Republic newspaper to become a care giver to his ailing parents.

In 2007, The Watson Caring Science Institute was conceived on the back of an envelope with Jean over a margarita in Bahia de Kino. The combination of Jean’s knowledge, theory and passion mixed with Ron’s business acumen and care giving experience led to the creation of the non-profit home of Caring Science – Watson Caring Science Institute.

Ron was dedicated to Jean and the work – particularly the sponsorship of the Nurses in The Middle East Annual Conference – bringing Israeli and Palestinian Nurses together in a shared value platform of which he was a generous and regular sponsor. He was also an active and photographic presence with the Caritas Coach Education Program® graduation ceremonies.

Ron always said “I don’t want to do anything unless I can have fun.” So fun and uniqueness he brought to the Caritas tribe around the world. Ron was not without his quirks. Jean and Ron had an extraordinary and unusual partnership; the divine masculine and feminine, the yin and the yang ever balancing in the field. Theirs was truly a heart soul partnership – one which will live on as the veil grows ever thinner between the energetic field of life and death.

WCSI Board member Jim D’Alfonso said “Blessings and gratitude to Ron Lesinski for his role in helping launch WCSI and his years of dedication to Jean’s work. We mourn his passing and are grateful for his light along the way.”

God Speed Ron. Have a Jack Daniel’s on us!

In lieu of flowers, Caritas Contributions can be made to WCSI in Ron’s name to continue Jean’s Caring Science work in the world.

Zoom Vigil — Caring Science Colleagues Marcy Newman, Cindy Schihl and Lauren Khalifeh are organizing a zoom vigil for June 14, 2020 1:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 838 9779 5952
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Cards for Jean can be sent to:
Jean Watson
Watson Caring Science Institute
4450 Arapahoe Avenue, Ste 100
Boulder, CO 80304

Photo credit: Joseph Giovannoni

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Celebrating Caritas Colleague Erika Caballero Muñoz

June 2020

We continue to highlight our Caritas Colleagues and share their contribution and commitment to Caring Science. This month we are celebrating: Erika Caballero Muñoz, RN, CNM, MA, & ICN Board member (region 6), Santiago, Chile. 

Today we need the collective conscience, in common union and collaboration of all to expand the healing energy to the world.

Areas of Expertise
  • Neonatal Care
  • Nursing Teaching
  • Nursing Informatics
  • Web Based Learning

I had the experience of breast cancer in 2010, I had 14 chemotherapies and many radiotherapies. In this experience I could feel a technically perfect care, but with a dehumanized treatment, without a sense of recognizing that the person in front of me was a person with all its dimensions and not just a medical diagnosis. This made me reflect deeply on what I had done to date and the need I always had: to give human care to parents and newborns. This was probably due to the sensitivity of working with children. This experience made me pose a challenge for my teaching, which was to support students to develop this human sense during their training, which they would often be suddenly lost by running around, carrying out interventions and managing the myriad of technology.

Without a doubt cancer was a very difficult moment in my life, I felt full of fears – fear of death, doubts about therapies, misunderstanding of my feelings – but it became a door to knowledge of MOA purifying therapy, the laying on of hands with sacred energy to heal, they taught me to work with ikebana of flowers that unites beauty, nature, art and without a doubt this allowed me to interpret my vision as a patient and that has helped me teach others empathy and compassion. Educating feelings and managing them is vital for me, and meditation is something that I learned during those sick days and that I keep sacred until today. When I look back, I see that the 10 Caritas Processes® factors I know today would have been key to the care the nurses gave me. I try to experience them in every encounter with sick and healthy people who suffer some spiritual pain, and this has helped me to my own recovery.

I’d like to share with you a sequence of images of the flowers I worked with in that period and a brief account of the meaning that each of these flower arrangements had for me at that time. I hope you enjoy it.

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Contribution to the Legacy of Caring Science

I have specialized in the area of ​​nursing and at some point I was clouded by information and communication technologies, however, after living cancer, I realized that, even if you have the best technology, if you do not use it well, with a human sense, to act with compassion, does not have a positive meaning and leads us to distance ourselves from the people we care for.

Caring Science has helped me discover that, through the good use of technology and the management of care, you can care with love and humanity. In investigations carried out when asking about the satisfaction of hospitalized people, I was able to show that despite the patients being satisfied, the least achieved aspect was always feeling that the nurse was not listening to them. When I asked focus nurses about their satisfaction with nursing care and management, I could see that their story was to be satisfied, however, many indicated that they ran all day and when they left the hospital they had the feeling of not have listened to patients. Nurse and patient seek the same, so when looking for evidence to fill this gap I found caring science and it allowed me to see in a practical way how to act with a human sense in a simple and profound way.

My focus has been to motivate students of nursing informatics, the use of holistic evidence and the good use of technology, focusing on the person, on interaction with oneself and with others. This has allowed me to identify several problems that the students experience, their loneliness, their fears, their lack of forgiveness, their anger. In this way and through teaching and the use of aromatherapy, which has been able to collect the healing experiences that the students live, as they do when they find themselves and become fully aware of their being and their soul, they come out strengthened from the experiences, care about themselves and open themselves with greater confidence to listen to patients and from them to seek mutual healing.

My legacy will be in integrating caring science into the education of health professionals through digital tools. I am currently developing my research in quality, patient safety and application of caring science practices in nursing and dental students.


Curacaví, Santiago de Chile

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En Español

Viví la experiencia de tener un cáncer de mamas el año 2010, tuve 14 quimioterapias y muchas radioterapias. En esta experiencia pude sentir un cuidado técnicamente perfecto, pero con un trato deshumanizado, sin un sentido de reconocer que quien estaba delante era una persona con todas sus dimensiones y no sólo un diagnóstico médico. Esto me hizo reflexionar profundamente en lo que a la fecha había hecho y en la necesidad, siempre presente, de dar un cuidado humanizado a los padres y neonatos, probablemente por la sensibilidad de trabajar con niños. Esta experiencia hizo plantearme otro desafío, esta vez desde la docencia, que era el apoyar a los estudiantes a desarrollar durante su formación en el sentido humano, que de repente perdían por correr realizando intervenciones y manejando tecnología.

Sin lugar a dudas, el cáncer fue un momento muy difícil en mi vida, me sentía llena de temores (entre ellos, a la muerte), incertidumbres de la eficacia y efectos de las terapias, incomprensión de mis sentimientos, pero todo aquello se constituyó en una puerta al conocimiento de la terapia depurativa MOA, la imposición de manos con energía sagrada para sanar, me enseñaron a trabajar con ikebana de flores que une la belleza, la naturaleza, el arte y, ciertamente, esto me permitió interpretar mi visión como paciente y eso me ha ayudar a enseñar a otros la empatía y compasión, (MI INTERPRETACIÓN: apareció una certeza en medio de tantas incertidumbres).

Fue, a partir de ahí, que educar los sentimientos y manejarlos resulto vital para mí, y la meditación fue algo que aprendí esos días de enfermedad y que conservo sagradamente hasta hoy. Cuando miro hacia atrás, veo que los 10 factores caritas que hoy conozco habrían sido claves para el cuidado que me bridaron las enfermeras. Trato de vivenciarlos en cada encuentro con personas enfermas y también sanas que sufren algún dolor espiritual y esto me ha ayudado a mi propia recuperación.

Les comparto una secuencia de imágenes de las flores con que trabaje en ese período y un breve relato del significado que cada de uno de estos arreglos florales tuvo para mí en ese momento.


Me he especializado en el área de enfermería y en algún momento me obnubilé por las tecnologías de información y comunicación, sin embargo, después de vivir el cáncer, me di cuenta de que, aunque tengas la mejor tecnología, si no la usas bien, con un sentido humano, para actuar con compasión, no tiene un significado positivo y nos lleva a alejarnos de las personas que cuidamos.

Caring Science me ha ayudado a descubrir que, mediante el buen uso de la tecnología y la gestión del cuidado, se puede cuidar con cariño y humanidad. En investigaciones realizadas, al preguntar por la satisfacción de las personas hospitalizadas pude evidenciar que a pesar de que los pacientes señalaban estar satisfechos, el aspecto menos logrado siempre era el sentir que la enfermera no los escuchaba. Al preguntar en focus Group a las enfermeras sobre su satisfacción con el cuidado y la gestión de enfermería, pude observar que su relato era estar satisfechas, sin embargo, muchas señalaron que corrían todo el día y cuando se iban del hospital tenían la sensación de no haber escuchado a los pacientes. Enfermera y paciente concuerdan en el relato, entonces, al buscar evidencia para llenar este vacío encontré la caring science y esto me permitió ver en forma práctica el cómo actuar con sentido humano de una manera simple y profunda.

Mi foco ha sido motivar en los estudiantes de enfermería informática, el uso de la evidencia holística y el buen uso de la tecnología, centrándonos en la persona; en la interacción con uno mismo y con los otros. Esto me ha permitido identificar un sin número de problemas que viven los estudiantes, su soledad, sus miedos, su falta de perdón, su rabia. De esta manera, y a través de la docencia y del uso de aromaterapia, he podido recoger las vivencias de sanación que experimentan los estudiantes, evidenciando cada vez más que toda vez que ellos cuando se encuentran a sí mismos y toman conciencia plena de su ser y de su alma, salen fortalecidos de las experiencias, se preocupan por su persona y se abren con mayor confianza a escuchar a los pacientes, en la búsqueda de la sanación mutua.

Mi legado es integrar los cuidados humanizados a la formación de profesionales de salud a través de herramientas digitales. Actualmente, he desarrollado la línea de investigacion en enfermeria informática, calidad, seguridad del paciente y aplicación de prácticas de caring science en estudiantes de enfermería y de odontología.


Curacaví, Santiago de Chile

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Communitas in Action! Applying Caring Science to Preschool

The following is an interview with Goly Casey, Head of Early Bird Preschool in San Mateo, CA (in picture above standing on left). She is also  the co-owner of a start-up preschool MUSE Global, a franchise of the MUSE School. She began using the 10 Caritas Processes® as a strategy for behavior management and effective parent communication at the preschool.

Discovering Caring Science and how to apply it to our school community has changed the entire energy of the school.

Caring Science provides us with an ability to understand where the parent is coming from … it has taught us how to listen with compassion.

How did you hear about Watson’s Caring Science Theory and the Caritas Processes®? 

I learned about Caring Science Theory from my sister, Gisso Oreo (in picture above standing on the right), who works at Stanford Hospital. 

How do you use the theory/processes in your work? How does it support your mission?

At Early Bird Preschool, we use the 10 Caritas Processes as the foundation of our communication skills, community building, and behavior management. 

What kind of visuals do you use? 

We display the 10 Caritas Processes in our classroom, accompanied by photos of our daily life that represent the ways in which we use the processes. 

How has it changed your preschool work/community/staff (the ‘so what factor’)?

When I took over the preschool from my mother in 2018 so she could retire, the school did not have a defined strategy for behavior management and effective parent communication. Discovering Caring Science and how to apply it to our school community has changed the entire energy of the school. Those who have known the school for many years (we have existed for 32 years) have expressed they can feel and see the difference when entering the school. Students who had a difficult time managing their emotions throughout the day now have the opportunity to express themselves, take a break, have a snack, receive a hug and some compassion as opposed to being placed in a chair in a “time out”. 

Using the Caritas Processes and whole message modeling has also allowed the staff to grow their communication skills with parents. Conversations with parents regarding schedules, behavior, tuition and policies are often sensitive and tricky to navigate. Caring Science provides us with an ability to understand where the parent is coming from, knowing that the root of their anxiety can be coming from a place outside of the school. It has taught us how to listen with compassion. 

Plans for the future?

We have so many plans for the future… I would like to expand Early Bird to include more students to better serve the community. We would like to extend Caring Science into the community by introducing it to the parents. 

Can people get in touch with you for further info?

Yes, my door is always open. I can be reached at and for MUSE Global related matters 

Anything else you want to add? 

I want to thank Jean and Julie Watson for bringing this work to the medical community and beyond. 

Finally – and just for fun – what is your favorite animal and why? 

This is difficult to answer as I love and value all life on the planet. My favorite animal are dogs, because I live with two and I have come to know and understand them. They are sensitive, gentle at heart, loving and are completely sensory driven. Living with dogs has changed my life by making me connect their experiences and sentiency with my own human actions. Living with dogs is the reason I made the connection to becoming a vegan. 

Response to  Covid19:

We just opened our doors today for working families. For now we are trying out the emergency care as a summer program from May- June.

Thank you for all you do Goly!
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Celebrating Caritas Colleague Roberta Christopher

May 2020

We continue to highlight our Caritas Colleagues and share their contribution and commitment to Caring Science. This month we are celebrating: Roberta Christopher, EdD, MSN, APRN, NE-BC, CAIF, CHTS-CP

Collective Joy through Caring Communitas
Through our caring consciousness, our inspired caring Communitas, feel the radiating pulse of love, hope, and harmony emerge.

Through our collective joy, feel our sacred caring connections transcend time and space.

Dr. Christopher is a Watson Caring Science Postdoctoral Scholar, completing her fellowship in July 2020. Her postdoctoral work focused on the development of Caring Fidelity™ in computer-based simulated case studies and electronic health records.

As part of her fellowship scholarly requirements, Dr. Christopher authored Chapter 17 of the second edition of the Creating a Caring Science Curriculum (edited by Dr. Marcia Hills and Dr. Jean Watson, in press) entitled “Simulation, narrative pedagogy, & Caring Fidelity™ – The new reality.”

Dr. Christopher also had a vignette story entitled “Breadcrumbs & Nine Lives,” published in Dr. Watson’s (2019) most recent book, Miracles & Mysteries: Witnessed by Nurses.

Areas of Expertise

Dr. Roberta Christopher is an Assistant Professor in the BRCHS Keigwin School of Nursing at Jacksonville University. Roberta has been a nurse for more than 20 years. Dr. Christopher completed her Doctor of Educational Leadership with a specialization in curriculum and instruction degree (EdD). Dr. Christopher is a board-certified nurse executive (NE-BC), board-certified healthcare technology specialist clinician/practitioner consultant (CHTS-CP), and certified appreciative inquiry facilitator (CAIF).

Dr. Christopher represents the Florida Nurses Association on the Nurses on Boards Coalition (NOBC) at the state and national levels. She also serves on the NOBC’s Impact Workgroup. Dr. Christopher served on the HIMSS TIGER Scholars Workgroup at the national level as a nursing informaticist. Dr. Christopher has been published in the Journal of Nursing Administration, Cochrane Nursing Care Field, Nursing Economics, International Journal Review, and Resuscitation, and has presented numerous times at the international level.

Contribution to the Legacy of Caring Science

Dr. Christopher plans to continue her research focusing on caring for joy, caring fidelity and literacy, and nursing competencies.


Jacksonville, FL

Recent publications:

She most recently co-authored two manuscripts:

  • “Transforming Graduate Nursing Education During an Era of Social Distancing: Tools from the Field” (with Dr. Lila de Tantillo)
  • “Academic Caring Pedagogy, Presence, and Communitas in Nursing Education During the COVID-19 Pandemic (with Dr. Lila de Tantillo and Dr. Jean Watson)
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Nurses’ Global Coherence 2020

Join us in a Virtual Worldwide Meditation
May 12, 2020 @ 12:00 NOON Local Time

The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated 2020 as the ‘Year of the Nurse & the Midwife’— also to commemorate Florence Nightingale’s 200th Birthday. By honoring the heart of humanity and the caregiver in all of us, it honors all of those who have dedicated their lives to caring for us in the time of need.

This inspired Global Coherence event will occur on May 12, 2020 at 12 noon (local time)—around the world and across all time zones—to celebrate our shared service to humanity.

Nurses’ Global Coherence 2020 Virtual Meditation

Please join us — at your Noon — in this virtual global moment by meditating from your heart — by reading and experiencing the highlighted message below.

On or before May 12, 2020, you are also most welcome to download the free ‘Global Coherence App’ and join with others worldwide to listen to this guided meditation in multiple languages.

Learn more, visit:

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Connecting Without Touch

In the practice of Caring Science and the theory of Caritas, you are the energetic field and the agent of human-to-human (transpersonal) connection. You touch each other in silence and human presence through the energetic radiance of compassion and love from your heart center.

~ Jean Watson
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Celebrating Caritas Colleague Lynne Wagner

April 2020

We continue to highlight our Caritas Colleagues and share their contribution and commitment to Caring Science. This month we are celebrating: A. Lynne Wagner, EdD, MSN, RN, FACCE, CHMT, Caritas Coach®

Love whispers.
It has a story to tell,
our connected story.
Healing is the miracle.

Caring Science fosters deeper subjective dimensions and meaning to nursing science. It expands knowing self and others, beyond disease and medical treatment, beyond an empirical objective lens. Considering each person’s story humanizes and individualizes caring experiences in health and illness, suffering and healing, birthing and dying, despair and joy. (Wagner, June 2019, p.7)

Discovery of Jean Watson’s Theory of Human Caring in the 1980s fully affirmed my humanistic beliefs and values for nursing practice and education. I first met Jean in 1993 at the IAHC conference, where I presented my story of breast cancer through the unconventional aesthetic lens of journal writings, poetry, and photography. Jean affirmed that subjective, aesthetic ways of knowing are essential to transformative caring for self and others. That conference and my courage to be vulnerable and creative in sharing my humanity changed my life forever, personally and professionally. When I let the poet in me meet the nurse in me, I honored my wholeness. I found my soul work.

Areas of Expertise
  • Nursing Educator
  • Caring Science Scholar, Caritas Coach®
  • Caring Mentoring Programs
  • Aesthetic Ways of Knowing through Storytelling and Poetry

I presently work as Nurse-Educator Consultant, facilitating caring mentoring programs and presenting workshops/presentations nationally and internationally on developing and sustaining holistic caring practices. As Faculty Associate at Watson Caring Science Institute, I teach in the Caritas Coach Education Program® (CCEP) and serve as Visiting Scholar. My research and writing focus on holistic mentoring, reflective storytelling, how nurses develop caring-self, caring science in practice, and aesthetic inquiry, using poetry, photography and other aesthetic ways of knowing. I developed The Caring Mentoring Model© (2007), which has been referenced and used nationally and internationally and received the 2018 ANA Massachusetts Mary A. Manning Mentoring Award. Authoring many published journal articles and book chapters, my book, Four Seasons of Grieving: A Nurse’s Healing Journey with Nature (2015), was awarded the 2015 American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year-1st place in Palliative Care and Hospice category.

Contribution to the Legacy of Caring Science

As first Director of CCEP, I shaped the early program and successfully applied for CCEP’s first ANCC accreditation. My continued work in CCEP as faculty is a great joy, working with my fellow WCSI faculty members in a transpersonal teaching-learning environment and together helping to prepare hundreds of Caritas Coaches worldwide to become change agents in transforming personal lives and hospital systems to places of compassionate healing and human flourishing.

Through both professional and community presentations and publications, I help disseminate and translate Caring Science knowledge and research into caring practice. My gift to explore and translate human experiences through the aesthetic lens of journaling, storytelling, poetry, and photography have helped others know their stories and humanity at deeper heart levels of feelings and meaning. I teach students and nurses to find their voice through journaling and poetry-writing as a valued way of knowing self and others in our connected humanity. Serving on the Editorial Board of International Journal for Human Caring and reviewing for the Advances in Nursing Science, I have encouraged other authors in their work.

At the regional level, in 2013 I founded the grassroots Massachusetts Regional Caring Science Consortium, inviting nurses in New England to gather and dialogue about caring practice. This Consortium, which started as 2-hour evening meetings, has evolved to half-day conferences twice yearly, which I lead and plan in partnership with hospitals and schools of nursing across the state. Living caring science is a forever changing journey of growth, revelation, connectedness, and love.

Favorite Caritas Process®

My favorite Caritas Processes® are CP1—Sustaining humanistic-altruistic values by practicing with loving-kindness, compassion and equanimity with self and others, and CP10—Opening to the spiritual, mystery and allowing for miracles. I believe that these first and last Caritas Processes hold and frame the others, preparing us to be intentionally, authentically present and listening to our own and other’s stories, honoring positive and negative feelings. Embracing CPs 1 and 10 guides us to be the healing environment by our loving-trusting acceptance of another’s reality; our transpersonal teaching-learning; compassionate support of human dignity; and our creative artistry of ‘solution-seeking’ through objective/subjective, scientific/aesthetic ways of knowing. During personal challenges of illness and caring for loved ones, patients, and students, the miracle is that healing happens in the presence of love and compassion, even if it is inexplicable.


Chelmsford, MA. USA

Recent publications:
  • Wagner, A.L. (June 2019). A brief introduction to caring science: A model for caring-healing nursing practice and nursing education. Massachusetts Report on Nursing, 17(2), p. 7. (Official Publication of ANA Massachusetts)
  • Wagner, A.L. (2019). Narrative healing. In W. Rosa, S. Horton-Deutsch, J. Watson (Eds.). A Handbook for Caring Science: Expanding the Paradigm (pp. 587-597). New York, NY: Springer Publishing Co.
  • Wagner, A.L. (2016). Engaged and expressed: Storytelling as a way to know and be known. In Rosa, W. (Ed.). Nurses as leaders: Evolutionary visions of leadership (pp. 431-451). New York, NY: Springer Publishing Co.
  • Wagner, A. L. (2015). Four seasons of grieving: A nurse’s healing journey with nature. Indianapolis, IN: Sigma Theta Tau International. (Awarded 2015 American Journal of Nursing first place award in Palliative and Hospice Care Category)
  • Wiklund Gustin, L & Wagner, L. (2012). The butterfly effect of caring – clinical nursing teachers’ understanding of self-compassion as a source to compassionate care. Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences; doi: 10.1111/j.1471-6712.2012.01033.x. (9 pages).
  • Wagner, A. L. (2008). A Caring Scholar Response to “Uncovering Meaning Through the Aesthetic Turn: A Pedagogy of Caring. International Journal for Human Caring, 12(2), 24-28.
  • Wagner, A.L. & Seymour, M.E. (2007, Sept./Oct.). A Model of Caring Mentorship for Nursing. Journal for Nurses in Staff Development, 23(5), 201-211.