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Happy Nurse Recognition Week 2017

Northern Westchester Hospital

We were so honored and thrilled to have Jean Watson on site during our Nurse’s Week Celebrations. Dr. Jean Watson is a pioneer nursing theorist who conceived the theory of human caring in nursing. This visit was notable because the hospital’s professional practice model is based on Dr. Watson’s theory of human caring, which provides a framework for the art and science of nursing care.

The presentation was attended by 150 nurses from the various units throughout the hospital. For those of you not able to attend the presentation, please view the video on our staff site.

“Dr. Watson’s theory is the foundation of how we care for our patients, and who we are as clinicians and nurses,” says Dr. Lauraine Spano-Szekely. “Dr. Watson’s theories live and breathe at Northern Westchester Hospital, where we combine clinical expertise with a humanistic approach to treat each patient – not as a collection of symptoms – but as an individual with physical and mental needs. Combined with our Planetree patient and family engagement Care Model, Dr. Watson’s theories inform the art of care at Northern Westchester Hospital.”

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3rd International Spirituality in Healthcare Conference

Creating Space for Spirituality in Healthcare

22 June 2017, Trinity College Dublin

Call for Abstracts: Submission deadline – extended to 10 April
Abstract submission form should be emailed to:

Abstract submission template, registration form and details of pre-conference workshops available at:

Keynote Speakers

Opening the Gates: risk and opportunity for widening participation in spiritual care
Reverend Dr Christopher Swift: Head of Chaplaincy Services, Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Spirituality and Wellbeing
Mary Jo Kreitzer: Center for Spirituality & Healing, University of Minnesota

The conference is hosted by the Spirituality Research and Innovation Group, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin

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YogaNurse at ICC

Annette Tersigni, founder of the YogaNurse® Model of Care presents at International Caritas Conference in Boston, MA. She describes the unusual turn of events from Hollywood to Healer – which brought her to create YogaNurse and unite with Jean Watson, Founder of Caring Science. Visit to learn more.

Exploring the Expansiveness of Caritas Literacy

November 11, 2016


Caritas Consciousness Webinar Series — Exploring the Expansiveness of Caritas Literacy

We warmly invite you to join us on Thursday, December 15th for a 30-minute webinar Caring Science – Exploring the evolution of Caritas Literacy with a postmodern critique –

Join Dr. Jean Watson and Dr. Sara Horton-Deutsch for a passionate and collaborative dialogue of what constitutes ‘Caritas Literacy’ or more specifically, lack of ‘human caring literacy’. A postmodern critique will be offered to uncover evidence of  ‘human caring Illiteracy’ within our current socio-political-professional institutions and society. Formal ontological practices of Caritas Literacy will be emphasized to overcome current caritas challenges. The overarching aim is to engage a critical caritas consciousness and cultivate new authentic caritas communities from within and without.

globaladvanceshumancaringBoth Sara and Jean will draw upon newly released book: Lee, S., Palmieri, P., Watson, J. (2016) Global Caring Literacy. NY: Springer.

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Free Online Course — Healing with the Arts

November 10, 2016

Free 6 week online course offered on the University of Florida Coursera platform using visual arts, music, dance and word to heal yourself, others, community and the earth. Be free, be artistic, find your passion! No art experience required.

Beginning January 2017.

Delivered by Mary Rockwood Lane, PhD RN FAAN, Watson Caring Science Faculty, Associate Professor UF College of Nursing.

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8th Annual National Nursing Research Symposium at Stanford

Creating a Healing Environment: From Designing Space to Delivering Care

November 9, 2016

This symposium provides an excellent opportunity to showcase your research, evidence-based practice project or quality improvement project that focuses on transforming the healthcare environment to optimize the patient care experience and improve health outcomes.

June 2, 2017 — Stanford Children’s Health and Stanford Health Care

Call for Abstracts due January 23, 2017

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Nursing ‘rock star’ gives lecture on holistic healing at SBCC

September 16, 2016

Nursing “rock star,” Jean Watson, spoke with City College students and staff Friday morning about how they can make a positive difference in the nursing field.

As Watson made her way to center stage she choked up and paused for a bow. The jam-packed lecture hall filled with applause before she began her lecture about the importance of compassion in nursing.

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Love Decoded

May 9, 2016

Laurie Agard, Author
Hollywood Progressive

A courageous group of highly credentialed scholars from almost every discipline imaginable are coming together for a weekend in New York to try and decode love!

The symposium is being held in The Bohemian Hall in Manhattan, NY on June 26. In addition to decoding love, they will be honoring: Harville Hendrix, PhD; Helen La Kelly Hunt, PhD; Jean Watson, PhD; and Oprah Winfrey for their tireless work to bring love, compassion, and understanding to humanity.

A small “audience” of 100 people will also be given the opportunity to provide feedback and input. For venue and ticket information.

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Stanford Health Care Named Caring Science Affiliate by Watson Caring Science Institute

April 27, 2016

Grissel Hernandez, RN, BSN, MPH, HNB-BC
Nursing Professional Development Specialist, Caritas Coach®
Stanford Health Care

The Watson Caring Science Institute (WCSI) recently designated Stanford Health Care as one of its international Caring Science Affiliate Organizations. The designation recognizes Stanford Health Care’s exemplary integration of caring theory and leadership commitment to evidence-informed caring science practices, research and scholarship.

The WSCI is an international non-profit foundation that advances the philosophies, theories and practices of human caring. It was founded by Jean Watson, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, who serves as director.

To become a caring affiliate, an organization must demonstrate deep-rooted and sustainable commitment to integrating caring science to transform and broaden the notion of health and healing for its staff, as well as patients, families and the surrounding community. Our professional practice model incorporates the caring theory process as the basis of our practice, recognized as a Magnet hospital by American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC).

Dr. Watson will be the Guest Speaker during Stanford Health Care Nursing Grand Rounds on Tuesday, April 25, 2015 from 3:30 to 4:30 at the LPCH Auditorium.

Each month, SHC hosts the Nursing Grand Rounds and brings distinguished speakers to promote and explore excellence, leadership and scholarship in nursing.

About Jean Watson

Jean Watson is a Distinguished Professor Emerita and Dean Emerita of the University of Colorado Denver, College of Nursing, where she held the Endowed Chair in Caring Science at the University of Colorado Denver and Health Sciences Center. She is the founder of the original Center for Human Caring in Colorado and an American Academy of Nursing Fellow. Watson also is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the National Fetzer Institute Norman Cousins Award, an International Kellogg Fellowship in Australia, a Fulbright Research and Lecture Award in Sweden, and six international honorary doctorate degrees.

Watson is the author of more than 100 publications in the area of Caring Science and of more than 12 books on the Science of Human Caring™, including the original, classic: Nursing. The Philosophy and Science of Caring (1979), which identifies the 10, core “Carative Factors” necessary for studying and implementing a model of Caring Science in practice, Dr. Watson’s newly revised edition will be released in May, 2008 by University Press of Colorado along with a meditation CD. This work has expanded to “Caritas Processes®,” restoring the deep-spiritual dimensions of Love with caring-healing as the foundation for preparing a new level of practitioners in Caring Science/Caritas HealthCare.

Watson’s Human Caring Theory: Pertinent Transpersonal and Humanities Concepts for Educators

April 16, 2016

By Carey S. Clark
Nursing Programs, University of Maine at Augusta

Academic Editors: Sara Horton-Deutsch and Pamela Ironside

Jean Watson’s Theory of Human Caring and the caring moment are based in part in the concepts of transpersonal psychology. This paper will provide a historical background around transpersonal psychology and how it relates to Watson’s human caring moment. The purpose of explicating these humanities-based concepts is to support nurses and nurse educators in creating a deeper understanding of Watson’s caring-healing moment as a time-space continuum, where the nurse’s caring supports a mutually created environment for healing. The article provides useful background information, as well as outlining simple steps to revising nursing curricula so that they become supportive of nursing students’ growth as transpersonal-caring beings.

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Riyadh Nurses Message 2016

March 2016

A Nursing Message, Jean Watson, Rihadh KSA 2016. A reflection on global citizenship, the universality of human caring and the role nurses offer to the world and humanity. Video by Ron Lesinski.