Jean Watson, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN


Jean Watson

  • Founder: Watson Caring Science Institute
  • Distinguished Professor/Dean Emerita, University of Colorado Denver, College of Nursing, Anschutz Medical Center – Retired
  • Recipient of 13 Honorary Doctorates – 10 International
  • American Academy of Nursing Living Legend – 2013
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Dr. Jean Watson is Distinguished Professor and Dean Emerita, University of Colorado Denver, College of Nursing Anschutz Medical Center campus, where she held the nation’s first endowed Chair in Caring Science for 16 years. She is founder of the original Center for Human Caring in Colorado and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing; past President of the National League for Nursing; founding member of International Association in Human Caring and International Caritas Consortium. Her latest activities include Founder and Director of non-profit foundation: Watson Caring Science Institute.

Dr. Watson has earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing and psychiatricmental health nursing and holds her PhD in educational psychology and counseling. She is a widely published author and recipient of many awards and honors, including The Fetzer Institute Norman Cousins Award, in recognition of her commitment to developing, maintaining and exemplifying relationship-centered care practices; an international Kellogg Fellowship in Australia, a Fulbright Research Award in Sweden. She holds 13 Honorary Doctoral Degrees, including 10 International Honorary Doctorates (Sweden, United Kingdom, Spain, British Colombia, Quebec, Canada, Japan, Turkey, Peru). Recipient of Hildebrand Center for Compassionate Care in Medicine, University of Notre Dame and Academy of Integrative Healing Medicine (AIHM) for pioneering work in Caring Science. Chair Emerita Japan International Society of Caring and Peace.

Clinical nurses and academic programs throughout the world use her published works on the philosophy and theory of human caring and the art and science of caring in nursing. Dr. Watson’s caring philosophy is used to guide transformative models of caring and healing practices for hospitals, nurses and patients alike, in diverse settings worldwide.

At the University of Colorado, Dr. Watson held the title of Distinguished Professor of Nursing; the highest honor accorded its faculty for scholarly work. In 1999 she assumed the Murchinson-Scoville Chair in Caring Science, the nation’s first endowed chair in Caring Science, based at the University of Colorado Denver & Anschutz Medical Center.

As author/co-author of over 20 books on caring, her latest books range from empirical measurements and international research on caring, to new postmodern philosophies of caring and healing, philosophy and science of caring and caring science as sacred science. Her books have received the American Journal of Nursing’s “Book of the Year” award and seek to bridge paradigms as well as point toward transformative models for this 21st century. In October, 2013 Dr. Watson was inducted as a Living Legend by the American Academy of Nursing, its highest honor.

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