National Caring Science Affiliates of WCSI

To become an National Caring Science Affiliate, an organization must demonstrate deep-rooted and sustainable commitment to integrating caring science within practices and policies, seeking to transform and broaden the notion of health and healing for its staff as well as the patients, families and communities it serves.

Over the past several years, WCSI in partnership with CNO Affiliate leaders, new caring science criteria have been established, validating authentic, whole-person/whole-system caring science practices, research and scholarship

List of Dr. Watson’s Hospital Presentations on Caring Science

Hospital Presentations on Caring Science

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Please contact Jean Watson for more informatioh.

National Caring Science Affiliates

Brigham and Women's Hospital

Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Dr. Madelyn Pearson, MSN, MA, RN, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Vice President of Patient Care Services
75 Francis Street
Boston, MA 02115

Dr. Stephanie Ahmed, DNP, FNP-BC, DPNAP
Executive Director for Clinical Effectiveness
Magnet Program Director

Children’s Hospital Colorado

Children’s Hospital Colorado

Dr. Patricia Given
Chief Nursing Officer
Vice President Patient Care Services

13123 East 16th Avenue
Aurora, CO 80045

Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center

Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center

Beth Smith-Houskamp, PhD, RN
Administrative Chief Operating Officer
Chief Nursing Officer
Gundersen Health System
1900 South Ave.
Mail Stop: H03-006
La Crosse, WI 54601

Denise Nicholson, BSN, RN, Nursing Systems Specialist
Caritas Coach®, Advance Care Plan Facilitator, and Registered and Certified Clinical Aromatherapist
Department of Nursing – Gundersen Health Systems
1900 South Ave.
Mailstop HO2-011
La Crosse, WI 54601


Kaiser Permanente – Northern California
Patient Care Services and The KP Nurse Scholars Academy

Dr. Jim D’Alfonso, DNP, MSN, RN, PhD (h.c.), NEA-BC
Executive Director, KP Nurse Scholars Academy
Executive Director, Professional Practice, Leadership Development, & Research
1950 Franklin Street, 17th Floor
Oakland, CA 94612

Priscilla Javed, DNP, RN, FACHE
Director, Nursing Professional Practice

Linda Ackerman, MSN, RN
Caring Science Leader

Stanford Health Care

Stanford Health Care

Anita Girard, DNP, RN, CNL, CPHQ, NEA-BC
Director of Nursing Excellence
Magnet Program Director

Dale E. Beatty, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Chief Nursing Officer – Vice President Patient Care Services

300 Pasteur Drive
Stanford CA 94305

Grissel Hernandez, RN, BSN, MPH, HNB-BC
Nursing Professional Development Specialist, Caritas Coach®
1850 Embarcadero Road, MC 5534
Stanford, CA 94305

Stanford Children’s Health | Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Sanford

Kelly M. Johnson, RN, PhD, NEA-BC
Vice President Patient Care Services and Chief Nursing Officer
Clinical Associate Professor (Affiliated)
Division of Neurology and Neurosciences
Stanford University School of Medicine

St. John Hospital & Medical Center

Gayle Novack, MA, BSN, RN HNB-BC
Vice President of Nursing
22101 Moross Road
4th Floor Administration
Detroit, MI 48236

Veterans Administration Affiliate Hospitals

It is our great honor to serve our VA Hospitals, our Nation’s Veterans, and their families. Our WCSI trained VA nurses and VA hospital affiliates are dedicated to provide Caring Science™ to their patients, systems and community. WSCI is dedicated to help VA Hospitals retain their most precious resource – competent, caring professional nurses – while preparing a new generation of health professionals to Caring Science. Our aim is to ensure excellent caring and healing for our Veterans. We salute you.

Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center

Kelly Irving, MSN, RN
Chief Nursing Officer
2002 Holcombe Blvd. ECL-110
Houston, Texas 77030

W.G. Hefner VAMC

Kelly J. Cummings, RN, PhD, NEA-BC
Chief Nurse Acute Care
1601 Brenner Ave
Salisbury, NC 28144
Extension 12796

Academic Caring Science Affiliates

The College of New Rochelle

Debra A. Simons, P.h.D, R.N.
Dean & Fellow, New York Academy of Medicine
School of Nursing and Healthcare Professions
29 Castle Place | New Rochelle Campus
New Rochelle, NY 10805

State Level Caring Science Systems

Craig Hospital*

Honorary Watson Caring Science System
Diane Reinhard DNP, MBA, RN, NE-BC, CRRN
VP Patient Care Services /CNO
3425 S. Clarkson St.
Englewood, CO 80113

*Courtesy WCSI –  State Level Status

Previous WCSI Affiliates

  • Atlanta VA Medical Center — Atlanta, GA
  • AtlantiCare — Atlantic City, NJ
  • Beacon Health System
  • Einstein Healthcare Network — Philadelphia, PA
  • James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital – Tampa, Florida
  • VA Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System — Omaha, NE
  • Wake Forest School of Medicine, Bowman Gray Center for Medical Education — Winston-Salem, NC
  • Washington DC VA Medical Center
  • Winter Haven Hospital — Winter Haven, FL


  • University of Chihuahua — Chihuahua, Mexico