Honors, Fellowships & Awards

16 Honorary Doctorates – 13 International

2022 April 12 — Honorary Fellowship Award, Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland

2017 November 16 — Honoris Doctorado Causa – Universidad Maria Auxiliadora, Lima, Peru

2017 August 30 — Honoris Doctorado Causa; Universidad Popular del Cesar, Valledupar, Colombia, S. America

2016 May 13 — Honorary Doctorate Causa: Peru Universidad de Nacional St. Augustine. Arequipa, PERU

2016 May 12 — Honorary Doctorate Causa; Universidad Catolica de Santa Maria, Arequipa, Peru

2016 January — Designated Emerita Chairperson of Board of Directors. International Conference on Caring and Peace. Tokyo, Japan.

2015 — Notre Dame University Compassion in Medicine Recognition Award. Hildebrande Center for Compassion in Medicine. Notre Dame University – South Bend, Indiana.

2015 February 11 — Awarded Honorary Doctorate Degree. Erciyes University, Kayseri, Turkey.

2014 — Pathfinders Award. University of Colorado College of Nursing Alumni Association.

2013 — American Academy of Nursing – inducted as ‘Living Legend’ American Academy of Nursing.

2012 March 19 — Awarded Honorary Doctorate: Red Cross College of Nursing, Tokyo, Japan

2010 November 24 — Awarded Honorary Doctorate. Universitet Rovira i Virgili. Taragona, Spain.

2010 November 18 — Awarded Honorary Doctorate (reconfirmation) University of Bedfordshire, England.

2010 November 10 — Awarded Honorary Doctorate. University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

2010 May — Recipient of Holistic Nurse of Year Award by American Holistic Nursing Association.

2009 August — Special Award for Human Caring work in Nursing. Universidad San Juan Bautista, Lima Perú

2009 May, June — Recipient: Ways of Knowing Award. University of Minnesota, Center for Spirituality and Healing. Minneapolis, MN. ‘Ways of Knowing Conference’.

2009 May — Special gGratitude & Recognition aAward: Enfermeria Universidad Santiago De Cali, Chile. Presented at international conference, Pasto, Colombia. S. America.

2009 May — Recipient: Nursing Excellence Lifetime Achievement Award. Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. Winston-Salem, NC.

2009 April — Recipient: Legacy of Caring Award. Association of Nurses working for their patients. New Orleans, LA.

2009 — Citation by City of New Orleans by Mayor C. Ray Nagin, “Proclaimed A Special Day of Honor bestowed upon Dr. Jean Watson, in honor of 30 years developing and implementing science, theories, and philosophies of caring and healing used by nurses, academic and clinical institutions internationally”.

2009 — Recipiente of Reconocimiento: Universidad de Sonora División de Ciencias Biológicas y de la Salud, Departamento de Enfermería. Sonora, Mexico.

2008 — Receipt of Dalhberg Scholar award. Viterbo University and Gunderson Lutheran Health System, La Crosse, Wisconsin

2007 — Recipient of University of Lisbon President’s Medal, Portugal

2007 — Recipient of Nursing Bastonaria from Portugal and Spain –President of Nursing Order Award, Terceira, Azores

2007 — Recipient of ‘The Jericho Rose Pin, for contributions to humanisation of health care’.
90th Anniversary. Escola Universitaria d’Infermeria Santa Madrona a la Universitat de Barcelona, Spain.

2007 — Board Member Nightingale Global Alliance

2007 — Chancellor’s Distinguished Professor Award Research & Scholarship

2006 — Chancellor’s Distinguished Professor Award Research & Scholarship

2006 — Recognition Certificate of Gratitude for ‘Presence, Wisdom and Scholarship in Caring Science’: Navajoland Nurses United for Research, Service and Education organization. Honoring the First Annual Navajoland Nursing Symposium.

2006 — Lifetime member/co-founder award from International Assoc. of Human Caring, at meeting in Perth, Australia.

2005-06 — AJN Book of the Year Award. Research Category For Caring Science as Sacred
Science. Philadelphia: F.A.Davis.

2005 — Awarded Advanced Holistic Nurse Board certification (life award) through the American Holistic Nurses’ Association

2004 — Inducted in Colorado Nurses Association: Hall of Fame

2004 — Named first Sharon Phillips Raddock Lecturer in Holistic Nursing, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

2003 — Honorary Doctorate Award (University of Montreal Quebec, Canada.

2002 — Received AJN Book of the Year Award for Watson, J. Assessing and Measuring Caring. NY. Springer.

2001 — Scientific Committee Greek Nursing Web Journal ICU NURSE WWB

2000 — Honorary Chair, Colorado Excellence in Human Caring, 15th Annual Colorado Nursing Foundation Nightingale Awards

2000— National Norman Cousins Award, Fetzer Institute, Kalamazoo, MI – award for Relationship-Centered Caring

1999 — Sigma Theta Tau International Alpha Kappa Chapter established Jean Watson Scholarship Award named in honor of Work on Caring

1999 — West Virginia Nurses’ Association 21st Century Leader Award

1998 — Appointed to serve as member of National Advisory Board, New York University Graduate Program in Advanced Practice Holistic Nursing

1998 — Distinguished Scholar in Nursing Award, New York University Division of Nursing

1998 — Alumni of Century Award, University of Colorado School of Nursing

1997 — Honorary Lifetime Certification as a Holistic Nurse (HNC), American Holistic Nursing Association

1996 — Honorary Doctorate University of Goteborg, Sweden

1995-96 — President of National League for Nursing, New York, NY

1994 — Colorado Nurses’ Association award for “Outstanding Contributions to the Profession of Nursing and the Improvement of Health Status and Well-Being of the Citizens of Colorado”

1993 — Martha E. Rogers Award, National League for Nursing

1992 — Distinguished Professor, Nursing, University of Colorado

1991 — Fulbright Scholar, Council for International Exchange of Scholars

1990 — The Loren Eiseley Memorial Award, Bishop Clarkson College, Omaha, NE

1990 — Featured on National League for Nursing video: “A Conversation on Caring with Jean Watson and Janet Quinn”

1989 — Featured on National League for Nursing video: “Theories at Work”

1989 — Selected as one of 15 U.S. nurse theorists for Helene Fuld Health Trust videos: “Portrait of Excellence”

1987-88 — Who’s Who in American Nursing, The Society of Nursing Professionals

1987 — Featured U.S. nurse theorist for National League for Nursing video: “Nursing Theory: A Circle of Knowledge”

1981 — Admitted as Fellow – American Academy of Nursing

1980 — Creativity in Nursing Award, Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society

1978 — Regents Medal, University of Colorado

1978 — Recognized as Excellent Teacher and Role Model by graduating baccalaureate nursing students, University of Colorado School of Nursing

1976 — Selected by baccalaureate nursing students as Most Supportive Faculty Member, University of Colorado School of Nursing


2010 November — Fall, Honoris Causa Rovira I Virgili – University of Tarragona, Spain.

2010 November — Honorary Doctorate Victoria Univeristy British Colombia, Canada

2010 June — Reaffirmed with Honorary Doctorate: University of Bedfordshire, United Kingdom.

2009 August — Diploma de Honor: Asociacion Peruana de Facultades y escuelas de enfermeria: Teorista en Enfermeria; contribucion Teorica-filosofica del Cuidado humano para la Ciencia de Enfermeria.

2003 — International Honorary Doctorate, Université de Montréal, Montréal, QC

2003 — Recommended for Honorary Doctorate, Towson University, Maryland – pending.

1999 — International Honorary Doctorate of Science, University of Luton, England

1997 — Honorary Doctorate, West Virginia University, Morgantown, WV

1996 — International Honorary Doctorate, Doctor of Philosophy in Social Science, Goteborg University, Sweden

1987 — Honorary Doctorate in Nursing, University of Akron, Akron, OH

1985 — Honorary Doctorate, Doctor of Humane Letters, Assumption College, Worcester, MA