International Research Inquiry Into Caring, Compassion and Gratitude

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

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

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

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.

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