Jean Watson Receives International Honorary Doctorate

Dr. Jean Watson

Boulder CO – Sept 2017

Dr. Jean Watson, dubbed the ‘Rock Star of Nursing’ was recently in Colombia where she received a prestigious International Honorary Doctorate from the Popular Universidad del Cesar, in Valledupar, Colombia. This is the 14th Doctorate awarded to her – honoring her contribution to the field of nursing and Caring Science.

Watson, an educator and founder/director of the global non-profit organization, Watson Caring Science Institute, also holds several other high-ranking titles, which include Living Legend of the American Academy of Nursing, its highest honor.

As the nursing profession evolves, so too does our understanding of what caring for humanity involves. “It is a matter of life and death if we don’t return to the source of compassion” said Watson. “Overtime, our systems have treated patients as another ‘task and object,’ instead of human beings. Nursing has a responsibility to preserve and sustain human caring and human dignity, in midst of system and societal threats.”

In addition to her recent Colombian award, Watson’s contributions to global nursing scholarship in Caring Science and the theory of human caring have been Internationally recognized by Honorary Doctorates from universities in Sweden, Spain, Japan, Turkey, Peru, England, Quebec and British Colombia, Canada.

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