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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.
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Celebrating Caritas Colleague Joseph Giovannoni

March 2020

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

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

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

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

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

The Infinity of Universal Love from Joseph Giovannoni on Vimeo.

Contribution to the Legacy of Caring Science

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

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


Honolulu, Hawaii USA

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

During this time of the coronoavius, it is a time to remind ourselves to integrate death back into the normalcy of the sacred circle of life and death and to accept it as a sacred journey home. We come from and will return to the infinite field of universal love.  ~Jean Watson

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Celebrating our Long-Standing Caritas Colleague Jan Anderson

February 2020

This year we will be highlighting a Caritas Colleague and share their contribution and commitment to Caring Science. This month we are celebrating: Jan Anderson, EdD, MSN, RN, AHN-BC, Caritas Coach®, Director, Caritas Coach Education Program®

I truly believe that caritas coaching is a way to move Caring Science forward in the world.

My name is Jan Anderson, EdD, MSN, RN, AHN-BC, Caritas Coach®, Director, Caritas Coach Education Program®. I feel like I’m the luckiest person to be part of a community that is dedicated to learning and teaching and researching Caring Science. Early in my career as nursing faculty, I attended a conference where I heard Jean speak, I knew her ideas and philosophy about nursing curriculum were significant and sorely needed in healthcare and education. I found her book, Toward a Caring Curriculum: A New Pedagogy for Nursing (Bevis & Watson 1989) and have never looked back. (Link to 2011 Springer/Watson publication: Creating a Caring Science Curriculum: An Emancipatory Pedagogy for Nursing, Hills & Watson).

Areas of Expertise

I have been fortunate to use my expertise in nursing education to guide caring curriculum development as director and faculty of a nursing program and in the Caritas Coach Education Program® (CCEP). At Santa Barbara City College, staff, faculty, learning laboratory staff and students worked together to fully integrate Caring Science into all aspects of the curriculum. We learned together that focusing on tasks and skills was only one part of what was needed to care for people. Caring Science gave us the framework and language to offer kindness, compassion and care that touched and thoughtfully cared for the human spirit as well as the human body. We also learned to take better care of ourselves, each other and our patients and families, creating a culture and environment of trust, learning and support.

Currently, I am a Watson Caring Science Institute Faculty Associate and the Director of CCEP. I am blessed to be able to share my passion for Caring Science with so many loving and dedicated people who share the same vision for expanding Caring Science around the world. It is a joy to be part of this opportunity to transform and enlighten those who are also on this caritas path with us. Teaching and learning about Caring Science and the Caritas Communities that I have been fortunate to be part of have helped me to find my soul work, to find meaning and purpose in my life.

Contribution to the Legacy of Caring Science

My work as WCSI Faculty and Director of CCEP is one way I contribute to sustaining Caring Science in the future. We have graduated over 400 Caritas Coaches® who work around the world. Our CCEP graduates are implementing Caring Science in real and practical ways in healthcare, education, business, churches, communities, non-profits, and almost anywhere you can imagine. They illuminate the path to transpersonal ways of being that remind us that whatever it is we do, it is our heart and soul that brings back the humanity in our lives and work.

Always With Love,


Santa Barbara, CA

Recent publications:

Brewer, B., Anderson, J. & Watson, J. (2020). Evaluating Changes in Caring Behaviors of Caritas Coaches Pre and Post the Caritas Coach Education Program. JONA, vol 50 (2), pp. 85-89.

Horton-Deutsch, S. & Anderson, J. (2018). Caritas Coaching: A Journey Toward Transpersonal Caring for Informed Moral Action in Healthcare. Sigma Theta Tau International.

Rosa, B., Horton-Deutsch, S. & Watson, J. (2019). A Handbook for Caring Science: Expanding the Paradigm. Springer Publishing Co. (Chapter 40: Caritas Coaching: The Future of Health and Well-Being).

Jan, thank you for all you do for WCSI!
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Watson Caring Science Institute welcomes 
Dr. Jim D’Alfonso to the Board of Directors

Boulder, COJanuary 2020 – Watson Caring Science Institute (WCSI) proudly announces the appointment of Caring Science Award winning scholar JIM D’ALFONSO, DNP, RN, PHD(h), NEA-BC, FNAP to sit on the Board of Directors. He joins a prestigious group of Caring Science Scholars currently serving on the Board.

He may be new to the Board, but his long-standing dedication and contribution to WCSI goes back decades. Jean Watson, WCSI Founder and Director explains: “Over the past 20 years, Dr. Jim D’Alfonso’s distinguished scholarly work has focused on the integration of theory-guided leadership and clinical practices aimed at health systems transformation and renewal from the inside-out.” Jim was appointed founding Chief Operations Officer and Chief Nurse Executive for the Watson Caring Science Institute in 2008. Throughout his tenure, Jim’s visionary leadership was instrumental in the creation and expansion of the International Caritas Consortium (ICC), Caritas Coach Education Program® (CCEP), WCSI Affiliates Model, the WCSI International Research Database, the Watson Caritas Patient Score (WCPS), The Million Nurse Campaign (2010), WCSI’s website, as well as Caritas HeartMath® Programs and Human Caring workshops conducted worldwide.

In 2015, Jean recognized Jim with an honorary doctorate in Caring Science for his lifelong contributions to the advancement of Caring Science in education, clinical practice, and research. “Jim has continued to advise, consult and support WCSI over the years,” said Jean Watson, CEO and Founding Director of WCSI, “it is only fitting he join the Board of Directors as we continue to grow and develop the organization.”

Visionary Caring Science Leadership
Jim is currently executive director for professional practice, leadership development and research with Kaiser Permanente in Northern California, and Adjunct Faculty at the University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions. At the recent International Caritas Consortium Jim was honored by Jean Watson as the 3rd recipient of the prestigious Visionary Caring Science Leadership Award. Previous honorees include Dr. Earl Bakken (2008), Founder of Medtronic and inventor of the first battery operated pacemaker and Dr. Anne Boykin (2009), theorist and dean emeritus of Christine E. Lynn School of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University.

As a non-profit institute, WCSI is governed by a Board of Directors, the fiduciaries who steer the organization towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies, as well as by making sure the non-profit has adequate resources to advance its mission. “We’re delighted Jim has agreed to join the Board…” said Brooks Turkel, Chairman of the WCSI Board, “his theory guided leadership expertise will help guide us into the future.”

For further information contact Julie Watson
Watson Caring Science Institute / 4450 Arapahoe Avenue, Ste 100 / Boulder, CO 80303 USA
(303) 546-7970 Watson Caring Science Institute is 501(c)(3) not for profit organization.

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Introducing Caritas Colleague Dr. Holly Wei

January 2020

This year we will be highlighting a Caritas Colleague and share their contribution and commitment to Caring Science. This month we are celebrating: Holly Wei, PhD, RN, CPN, NEA-BC.

“I am blessed to be a post-doctoral scholar of the Watson Caring Science Institute. This experience has opened my world view about the relationship between Caring Science and my teaching, research, and service.” ~ Dr. Holly Wei

Holly is a faculty member teaching in the Graduate Leadership Concentration at the College of Nursing at East Carolina University. She became a Watson Post-Doctoral Scholar in 2017. Since then, she has mentored students and nurses for research and practice, with a Caring Science focus. She has had about 25 publications and 40 presentations with Caring Science as the essence. She also has a poem published: A Moment of Caring. Her publications include the current state of the science of the application of Watson Human Caring Theory, the Ethics of Belonging, and caring as the essence of interprofessional collaboration. She also emphasizes that a caring nurse and physician is someone who is CARE – Competent, Altruistic, Responsible, and Empathetic.

Two articles of Holly and colleagues are within the top 10 downloads of the journal in PubMed Central (PMC). One of the articles was written by Holly Wei and Jean Watson. The article was about healthcare providers’ perceptions of human caring – Healthcare interprofessional team members’ perspectives on human caring: A directed content analysis study. Another article is about healthy nurse work environments – The state of the science of nurse work environments in the United States: A systematic review.

Internationally, she was invited to present in China in November 2019. One of the talks that she gave was Human Caring in Pediatric Nursing Practice and Research at the Nursing Forum of the 5th Peninsula International forum on Women and Children’s Health, Pediatric Nurses Association Annual Conference, Qingdao City, China.

Previously in 2018, Dr. Watson and Dr. Wei were invited to present at the Nursing Forum of the 3rd International Medicine Summit, Qingdao City, China. The message delivered was to make human caring visible in teaching and clinical practice to nurses and patients.

Holly has also guided and helped two hospitals in China develop nursing practice models based on Watson’s Human Caring Theory/Unitary Caring Science. These two hospitals are Qingdao Women and Children’s Hospital and The Qingdao Binhai University Affiliated Hospital.

Qingdao Women and Children’s Hospital is affiliated with Qingdao University. It provides a full range of services, including medical and surgical treatment and care, research, and teaching. At present, the hospital has 42 clinical units and 1,216 inpatient hospital beds, with 2.2 million outpatient visits, 60,000 admitted patients, 30,000 surgical operations, and 16,000 childbirth cases every year.

The nursing practice model of the hospital is the Women’s and Children’s Nursing CARE Model based on Watson’s Human Caring Theory and Wei’s CARE model (2018). The hospital’s nursing practice model includes two centers, patient and nurse, and eight factors. The patient-centered human caring includes four factors: Communication, Assistant, Respect, and Education, and the four factors of the nurse-centered human caring are Competence, Altruism, Responsibility, and Empathy. This model was guided by Holly and expanded by a group of nurse leaders of the Women and Children’s Hospital led by the Chief Nursing Officer, Guiling Yu.

The Qingdao Binhai University Affiliated Hospital is a newly built university affiliated hospital that provides a full range of services. The hospital has 37 clinical units and 1800 inpatient hospital beds.

The nursing practice model of the hospital is the Binhai Hospital Unitary Human CARE Model. This model comprises Excellence, Safety, Humanity, and Integrity, which was developed by Holly Wei et al. (2019) based on the philosophy of Watson’s Unitary Caring Science. Dr. Holly Wei has worked with the Chief Nursing Officer of the Binhai University Affiliated Hospital, Yan Ming, and developed the nursing practice model, the Binhai Hospital Unitary Human CARE Model.

Dr. Wei has also:

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Nightingale Initiative for Global Health

The Watson Caring Science Institute is proud to support the Nightingale Initiative for Global Health (NIGH) and share in the excitement of the 2020 Year of the Nurse and Midwife!

The Nightingale Initiative for Global Health — often called ‘NIGH’ — is a grassroots-to-global catalytic movement created — in Florence Nightingale’s name — to keep her flame and bright spirit beaming throughout the 21st century and beyond.

Please be sure to visit the NIGH website and join the Nightingale Declaration for a Healthy World and make a commitment to “our shared goals and shared purposes — to work together to build a better world for everyone.”

Click here to read the letter from Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

Nightingale Prayer — The Flame of Florence Nightingale’s Legacy

Deva-Marie Beck, PhD, RN © 1996 ​

“Today, our world needs healing and to be rekindled with Love.
Once, Florence Nightingale lit her beacon of lamplight to comfort the wounded.
Her light has blazed a path of service across a Century to us —
through her example and through the countless nurses and healers
who have followed in her footsteps.

“Today, we celebrate the flame of Florence Nightingale’s legacy.
Let that same light be rekindled to burn brightly in our hearts.
Let us take up our own ‘lanterns of caring,’ each in our own ways —
to more brightly walk our own paths of service to the world —
to more clearly share our own ‘noble purpose’ with each other.

“May human caring become the lantern for the 21st century.
May we better learn to care for ourselves, for each other and for all Creation.

“Through our caring, may we be the keepers of that flame.
That our spirits may burn brightly to kindle the hearts of our children and great-grandchildren — as they, too, follow in these footsteps.”


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Fireside Chat with Jean Watson and Joan Vitello on Holistic Nursing

On November 5, 2019, Jean Watson and Joan Vitello participated in afternoon discussions with nurses and students at the University of Massachusetts Worcester Medical School for a fireside chat on holistic Nursing.

Introduction by Lynne Wagner, EDD, MSN, RN, FACCE, CHMT, is Founder of Massachusetts Regional Caring Science Consortium, WCSI Caritas Coach® and Faculty Associate.

Joan Vitello, PhD. RN, NEA-BC, FAHA, FAAN, is Dean of the Graduate School of Nursing at University of Massachusetts Worcester Medical School

Listen to an audio recording of the event.

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Watson Caring Science Institute Announces New Book Release: Spiritual Awakening of a Nurse

Boulder, COOctober 2019 – Watson Caring Science Institute’s Lotus Library proudly announces publication of its first dual language title: Spiritual Awakening of a Nurse; From the Death of a Child to Loving Kindness by Héctor Rosso RN, BSN, CDE, MA, Caritas Coach®, with forewords by Jean Watson and Erika Caballero Muñoz.

As a nurse and a father, Rosso poignantly reflects on his grueling struggle and a search for life’s meaning after enduring seven harrowing years stoically supporting his “soul teacher,” 13-year-old daughter Julieta who died after being diagnosed with cancer at age 6. Following his loss, Rosso begins a courageous trek through an unchartered territory of chaos, despair, forgiveness, and unknowns; which leads him to confronting his pain and himself head-on, leading to deep surrendering, self-care, higher consciousness and loving kindness.

An exemplar of Caring Science philosophy for health professionals and other care givers, this book also may be used as a guide to support other parents who, plunged into the pain of losing a child, must also be reborn.

“This book will take you on a path that will allow you to connect with yourself, bringing together your head, your heart and your hands and translating through them loving care practices.”
Erika Caballero Muñoz, Member, Board of Directors, International Council of Nurses (ICN), Region 6

“Héctor Rosso shares his personal/professional life journey through such an artistic and authentic story that it invites others to enter deep healing experiences, literally and vicariously.”
Jean Watson, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, LL (AAN) Founder/Director Watson Caring Science Institute

A dual language book in English and Spanish. Available for purchase on October 17, 2019. Click here to order.

About the Author
A native of Montevideo, Héctor Rosso worked as a nurse in Uruguay for more than 28 years. He was Professor and Director at the Department for Education & Community Health, Faculty of Nursing & Health Technologies, at Catholic University, Uruguay, and more recently, he was Assistant Director of a large psychiatric hospital, in addition to serving as Director of Nursing at the only Public pediatric hospital in Uruguay. This experience deepened his desire to develop well-being and care for nurses, which formulated his research for his double Master’s thesis, completed in 2018. Currently, Héctor is an Adjunct Faculty Associate for WCSI, and a Caring Science Scholar, committed to a leading role on “WCSI Sur,” supporting Spanish speaking health professionals interested in Caring Science. Héctor also works as a holistic nurse educator, speaker, and consultant; and is honored to support nurses and other care givers with their own personal and professional development. This is his first book.

Paperback: 290 pages
Publisher: Lotus Library
Language: English and Spanish
ISBN 978-1-7331232-4-2
Also available as an Ebook

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Spanish Version

Boulder, ColoradoOctubre de 2019 – La editorial Lotus Library de WCSI, anuncia con orgullo la publicación de su primer título en dos idiomas: El despertar espiritual de un enfermero; de la muerte de un hijo al amor bondadoso de Héctor Rosso, Lic. Enf. Esp. Mg. Caritas Coach® con los prólogos de Jean Watson y Erika Caballero Muñoz.

Como enfermero y padre, Rosso reflexiona conmovedoramente sobre su agotadora lucha y una búsqueda del significado de la vida, después de soportar siete años desgarradores, apoyando estoicamente a su “maestra del alma”, Julieta, su hija. Fallecida a la edad de 13 años, fue diagnosticada con cáncer desde los 6 años. Rosso comienza un viaje a través de un territorio desconocido de caos, desesperación, perdón e incógnitas; lo que lleva a enfrentar su dolor, y a sí mismo con valentía, lo lleva a una profunda rendición, autocuidado, conciencia superior y bondad amorosa.

Un ejemplo de la filosofía de Caring Science para profesionales de la salud y otros cuidadores, este libro también puede usarse como guía para apoyar a otros padres que, sumidos en el dolor de perder a un hijo, también deben renacer.

“Este libro lo llevará por un camino que le permitirá conectarse, unir su cabeza, su corazón y sus manos y plasmar en ellas prácticas de cuidado amoroso”.
Erika Caballero Muñoz, Miembro de la Directiva del Consejo Internacional de Enfermeras. (CIE), Región 6

“Héctor Rosso comparte su andanza personal y profesional por medio de una historia tan artística y auténtica que nos invita a adentrarnos y a vivir, literalmente, experiencias de profunda sanación”.
Jean Watson, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, LL (AAN) Fundadora y Directora de Watson Caring Science Institute

Un libro en dos idiomas en ingles y en español. Disponible para su compra desde el 17 de octubre de 2019. Haga clic aquí para ordenar.

Sobre el Autor:
Nativo de Montevideo, Héctor Rosso trabajó como enfermero en Uruguay durante más de 28 años. Fue profesor y director en el Departamento de Educación y Salud Comunitaria de la Facultad de Enfermería y Tecnologías de la Salud, en la Universidad Católica del Uruguay, y más recientemente, fue adjunto a dirección de un gran hospital psiquiátrico, además de servir como jefe de enfermería en el único hospital público pediátrico de Uruguay. Estas experiencias profundizaron su deseo de desarrollar el bienestar y la atención de las enfermeras, formulando su investigación para su doble tesis de maestría, completada en 2018. Actualmente, Héctor es profesor adjunto de WCSI y está comprometido en el desarrollo de “WCSI Sur “, Apoyando a los profesionales de la salud de habla hispana interesados en Caring Science. Héctor también trabaja como enfermero, educador, orador y consultor holístico; y tiene el honor de apoyar a las enfermeras y otros cuidadores con su propio desarrollo personal y profesional. Este es su primer libro.

Tapa blanda: 290 páginas
Editor: Lotus Library
Idioma: Inglés y Español
ISBN 978-1-7331232-4-2
También disponible como libro electrónico

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Watson Caring Science Institute Announces New Book Release: Birds Hold Our Secrets

Boulder, COSeptember 2019 – Watson Caring Science Institute’s Lotus Library proudly announce publication of WCSI Doctoral Scholar Anna Biley’s first book Birds Hold our Secrets, A Caritas Story of Grief and Remembering. An important addition to the literature of Unitary Caring Science and Conscious Dying, Birds Hold Our Secrets explores the universal question of how do we, as nurses, nurse our own?

Drawing on her many years as a nurse, mother and wife, Biley tenderly takes us on an autoethnographic journey of conscious dying as she supports her beloved nurse academic husband Fran. Diagnosed with cancer, Fran’s wish was to die mindfully – whatever the circumstances. Anna travels alongside whilst trying to balance normality in family life. Painfully tender, Anna offers an insight in what it’s like to consciously care for a loved one the way they wish to die – honoring the sacred covenant until the end. Biley skillfully guides the reader on a Caritas pilgrimage as she lives out Caring Science principles, digging deep to remember her life’s purpose, which resonates for us all.

Biley’s exposé of grief, love, and remembering purpose transcends science and self, and unites the reader into the unitary field of human existence/non-existence, in harmony and one with nature, life cycles, environment and the cosmos.
Jean Watson

Available for purchase on Oct 1, 2019. Click here to order.

Foreword by Jean Watson

About the author:
WCSI Global Faculty Associate and Caring Science Doctoral Scholar Anna Biley is a testament to Caring Science, having lived out the values throughout her nursing career. Born and bred in the North of England, she now lives in Dorset and seeks stillness by walking every day with her little dog Dot in the gentle, rural landscape that inspired Thomas Hardy and T. S. Eliot.

Paperback: 106 pages
Publisher: Lotus Library
Language: English
ISBN 978-1-7331232-0-4
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Watson Caring Science Institute Announces New Book Release: Miracles and Mysteries Witnessed by Nurses

Boulder, COSeptember 2019 – Watson Caring Science Institute’s Lotus Library proudly announce publication of miraculous stories witnessed by nurses and compiled by Jean Watson. Facing life/death human experiences every day, nurses confront unexplained phenomena which do not conform to common explanatory scientific models. This collected work includes short vignettes written by nurses who answered the call out by Jean Watson to share their profound nursing miracles and mysteries. It acts as a forum where miracles and mysteries can be shared and honored, and to highlight “unknowns;” allowing for the reality of miracles to come back into our life and world.

When we [nurses] are in the presence of patients who entrust their care to us, we may be knowingly or unknowingly entering very sacred spiritual space.Cynthia Holle

This wonderful book shares with each of us the power of love and compassion to change lives.James R. Doty, M.D. Professor of Neurosurgery, Stanford University School of Medicine, and New York Times bestselling author.

There is nothing else to say, other than to invite you to read, appreciate, bow down, and relish the deliciousness of life’s wondrous unknowns – that can only be considered a miracle.Jean Watson

Foreword by: Jean Watson

Contributing Authors: Stephanie Ahmed, JoAnne Auger, Emily Barr, Nicole Brodrick, Gayle Casterline, Roberta Christopher, Theresa Davis, Katy Fisher-Cunningham, Debby Flickinger, Mónica García, Jeremy Geffen (deceased), Shandra Knight,Val Lincoln, Gloria Littlemouse, Beverley Lugo, Rudolf C.K.P. Martinez, Nancy Rayos, Robert Reynoso, Nancy Rollins Gantz, Rita Romito-DiGiacomo,Mary Ann Friesen, Grissel Hernandez, Rosemary Hoffmann, Cynthia Holle, Robin Jackson, Liliana Suchicital, Diane Swengros, Dianna Trush, Matthew Wilkie.

There will be a book signing at the International Caritas Consortium October 17th, 2019 in San Francisco, California, USA.

  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: Lotus Library
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 978-1-7331232-1-1
  • Also available as an Ebook

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Watson Caring Science Institute Announces New Imprint: Lotus Library

Boulder, CO — September 2019 – Watson Caring Science Institute has a new publication imprint, Lotus Library as part of its non-profit 501C(3) organization.

Following from the philosophy and theory of Caring Science, Lotus Library aims to encompass and showcase a humanitarian, human science orientation to human caring processes and phenomena. Its’ mission is rooted in compassionate care and healing of the mind-body-spirit as one. Jean Watson, Founder and Director of WCSI said: “Our publications exemplify a transdisciplinary approach to sustaining caring/healing as a global covenant with humanity/Mother Earth.”

Managing Editor of Lotus Library is Watson’s daughter Julie Watson, a Caritas Coach®. “Lotus Library will provide a forum for nurses and others to give voice to experiences which otherwise may be ignored or dismissed.” she said. Lotus Library will publish work aimed at celebrating the mysteries of life, death, suffering and joy, embracing the miracles and mysteries of existence – exemplifying Caring Science theory.

Book Signing

There are currently 3 books in production and will be launched with a book signing at the International Caritas Consortium October 17th, 2019 in San Francisco, California. They will also be available as an Ebook.

Current Titles in production are:

  • Miracles and Mysteries Witnessed by Nurses, Edited by Jean Watson. A compilation of everyday miracles and mysteries witnessed by nurses. Compiled by Jean Watson, with multiple nurse authors. Publication date Oct 1st, 2019.
  • Birds Hold Our Secrets, a Caritas Story of Grief and Remembering, by Anna Biley, DIP. N, MSC, DCS, Caritas Coach®. A memoir of Conscious Dying and living out the Caritas Processes®. Publication date Oct 1st 2019.
  • Spiritual Awakening of a Nurse/Despertar Espiritual de un Enfermero, By Héctor Rosso, BSN, RN, CDE, MA, Caritas Coach®. A nurse’s story of deep transformation and discovery through Caring Science. In Spanish and English. Publication date Oct 1st, 2019.

For further information on Lotus Library: Julie Watson

For further book please visit the Lotus Library in The Caring Store.

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