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Celebrating our Long-Standing Caritas Colleague Jan Anderson

February 2020

This year we will be highlighting a Caritas Colleague and share their contribution and commitment to Caring Science. This month we are celebrating: Jan Anderson, EdD, MSN, RN, AHN-BC, Caritas Coach®, Director, Caritas Coach Education Program®

I truly believe that caritas coaching is a way to move Caring Science forward in the world.

My name is Jan Anderson, EdD, MSN, RN, AHN-BC, Caritas Coach®, Director, Caritas Coach Education Program®. I feel like I’m the luckiest person to be part of a community that is dedicated to learning and teaching and researching Caring Science. Early in my career as nursing faculty, I attended a conference where I heard Jean speak, I knew her ideas and philosophy about nursing curriculum were significant and sorely needed in healthcare and education. I found her book, Toward a Caring Curriculum: A New Pedagogy for Nursing (Bevis & Watson 1989) and have never looked back. (Link to 2011 Springer/Watson publication: Creating a Caring Science Curriculum: An Emancipatory Pedagogy for Nursing, Hills & Watson).

Areas of Expertise

I have been fortunate to use my expertise in nursing education to guide caring curriculum development as director and faculty of a nursing program and in the Caritas Coach Education Program® (CCEP). At Santa Barbara City College, staff, faculty, learning laboratory staff and students worked together to fully integrate Caring Science into all aspects of the curriculum. We learned together that focusing on tasks and skills was only one part of what was needed to care for people. Caring Science gave us the framework and language to offer kindness, compassion and care that touched and thoughtfully cared for the human spirit as well as the human body. We also learned to take better care of ourselves, each other and our patients and families, creating a culture and environment of trust, learning and support.

Currently, I am a Watson Caring Science Institute Faculty Associate and the Director of CCEP. I am blessed to be able to share my passion for Caring Science with so many loving and dedicated people who share the same vision for expanding Caring Science around the world. It is a joy to be part of this opportunity to transform and enlighten those who are also on this caritas path with us. Teaching and learning about Caring Science and the Caritas Communities that I have been fortunate to be part of have helped me to find my soul work, to find meaning and purpose in my life.

Contribution to the Legacy of Caring Science

My work as WCSI Faculty and Director of CCEP is one way I contribute to sustaining Caring Science in the future. We have graduated over 400 Caritas Coaches® who work around the world. Our CCEP graduates are implementing Caring Science in real and practical ways in healthcare, education, business, churches, communities, non-profits, and almost anywhere you can imagine. They illuminate the path to transpersonal ways of being that remind us that whatever it is we do, it is our heart and soul that brings back the humanity in our lives and work.

Always With Love,
Jan

Location:

Santa Barbara, CA

Recent publications:

Brewer, B., Anderson, J. & Watson, J. (2020). Evaluating Changes in Caring Behaviors of Caritas Coaches Pre and Post the Caritas Coach Education Program. JONA, vol 50 (2), pp. 85-89.

Horton-Deutsch, S. & Anderson, J. (2018). Caritas Coaching: A Journey Toward Transpersonal Caring for Informed Moral Action in Healthcare. Sigma Theta Tau International.

Rosa, B., Horton-Deutsch, S. & Watson, J. (2019). A Handbook for Caring Science: Expanding the Paradigm. Springer Publishing Co. (Chapter 40: Caritas Coaching: The Future of Health and Well-Being).


Jan, thank you for all you do for WCSI!
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Watson Caring Science Institute welcomes 
Dr. Jim D’Alfonso to the Board of Directors

Boulder, COJanuary 2020 – Watson Caring Science Institute (WCSI) proudly announces the appointment of Caring Science Award winning scholar JIM D’ALFONSO, DNP, RN, PHD(h), NEA-BC, FNAP to sit on the Board of Directors. He joins a prestigious group of Caring Science Scholars currently serving on the Board.

He may be new to the Board, but his long-standing dedication and contribution to WCSI goes back decades. Jean Watson, WCSI Founder and Director explains: “Over the past 20 years, Dr. Jim D’Alfonso’s distinguished scholarly work has focused on the integration of theory-guided leadership and clinical practices aimed at health systems transformation and renewal from the inside-out.” Jim was appointed founding Chief Operations Officer and Chief Nurse Executive for the Watson Caring Science Institute in 2008. Throughout his tenure, Jim’s visionary leadership was instrumental in the creation and expansion of the International Caritas Consortium (ICC), Caritas Coach Education Program® (CCEP), WCSI Affiliates Model, the WCSI International Research Database, the Watson Caritas Patient Score (WCPS), The Million Nurse Campaign (2010), WCSI’s website, as well as Caritas HeartMath® Programs and Human Caring workshops conducted worldwide.

In 2015, Jean recognized Jim with an honorary doctorate in Caring Science for his lifelong contributions to the advancement of Caring Science in education, clinical practice, and research. “Jim has continued to advise, consult and support WCSI over the years,” said Jean Watson, CEO and Founding Director of WCSI, “it is only fitting he join the Board of Directors as we continue to grow and develop the organization.”

Visionary Caring Science Leadership
Jim is currently executive director for professional practice, leadership development and research with Kaiser Permanente in Northern California, and Adjunct Faculty at the University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions. At the recent International Caritas Consortium Jim was honored by Jean Watson as the 3rd recipient of the prestigious Visionary Caring Science Leadership Award. Previous honorees include Dr. Earl Bakken (2008), Founder of Medtronic and inventor of the first battery operated pacemaker and Dr. Anne Boykin (2009), theorist and dean emeritus of Christine E. Lynn School of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University.

As a non-profit institute, WCSI is governed by a Board of Directors, the fiduciaries who steer the organization towards a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies, as well as by making sure the non-profit has adequate resources to advance its mission. “We’re delighted Jim has agreed to join the Board…” said Brooks Turkel, Chairman of the WCSI Board, “his theory guided leadership expertise will help guide us into the future.”

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Watson Caring Science Institute / 4450 Arapahoe Avenue, Ste 100 / Boulder, CO 80303 USA
(303) 546-7970 Watson Caring Science Institute is 501(c)(3) not for profit organization.

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Introducing Caritas Colleague Dr. Holly Wei

January 2020

This year we will be highlighting a Caritas Colleague and share their contribution and commitment to Caring Science. This month we are celebrating: Holly Wei, PhD, RN, CPN, NEA-BC.

“I am blessed to be a post-doctoral scholar of the Watson Caring Science Institute. This experience has opened my world view about the relationship between Caring Science and my teaching, research, and service.” ~ Dr. Holly Wei

Holly is a faculty member teaching in the Graduate Leadership Concentration at the College of Nursing at East Carolina University. She became a Watson Post-Doctoral Scholar in 2017. Since then, she has mentored students and nurses for research and practice, with a Caring Science focus. She has had about 25 publications and 40 presentations with Caring Science as the essence. She also has a poem published: A Moment of Caring. Her publications include the current state of the science of the application of Watson Human Caring Theory, the Ethics of Belonging, and caring as the essence of interprofessional collaboration. She also emphasizes that a caring nurse and physician is someone who is CARE – Competent, Altruistic, Responsible, and Empathetic.

Two articles of Holly and colleagues are within the top 10 downloads of the journal in PubMed Central (PMC). One of the articles was written by Holly Wei and Jean Watson. The article was about healthcare providers’ perceptions of human caring – Healthcare interprofessional team members’ perspectives on human caring: A directed content analysis study. Another article is about healthy nurse work environments – The state of the science of nurse work environments in the United States: A systematic review.

Internationally, she was invited to present in China in November 2019. One of the talks that she gave was Human Caring in Pediatric Nursing Practice and Research at the Nursing Forum of the 5th Peninsula International forum on Women and Children’s Health, Pediatric Nurses Association Annual Conference, Qingdao City, China.

Previously in 2018, Dr. Watson and Dr. Wei were invited to present at the Nursing Forum of the 3rd International Medicine Summit, Qingdao City, China. The message delivered was to make human caring visible in teaching and clinical practice to nurses and patients.

Holly has also guided and helped two hospitals in China develop nursing practice models based on Watson’s Human Caring Theory/Unitary Caring Science. These two hospitals are Qingdao Women and Children’s Hospital and The Qingdao Binhai University Affiliated Hospital.

Qingdao Women and Children’s Hospital is affiliated with Qingdao University. It provides a full range of services, including medical and surgical treatment and care, research, and teaching. At present, the hospital has 42 clinical units and 1,216 inpatient hospital beds, with 2.2 million outpatient visits, 60,000 admitted patients, 30,000 surgical operations, and 16,000 childbirth cases every year.

The nursing practice model of the hospital is the Women’s and Children’s Nursing CARE Model based on Watson’s Human Caring Theory and Wei’s CARE model (2018). The hospital’s nursing practice model includes two centers, patient and nurse, and eight factors. The patient-centered human caring includes four factors: Communication, Assistant, Respect, and Education, and the four factors of the nurse-centered human caring are Competence, Altruism, Responsibility, and Empathy. This model was guided by Holly and expanded by a group of nurse leaders of the Women and Children’s Hospital led by the Chief Nursing Officer, Guiling Yu.

The Qingdao Binhai University Affiliated Hospital is a newly built university affiliated hospital that provides a full range of services. The hospital has 37 clinical units and 1800 inpatient hospital beds.

The nursing practice model of the hospital is the Binhai Hospital Unitary Human CARE Model. This model comprises Excellence, Safety, Humanity, and Integrity, which was developed by Holly Wei et al. (2019) based on the philosophy of Watson’s Unitary Caring Science. Dr. Holly Wei has worked with the Chief Nursing Officer of the Binhai University Affiliated Hospital, Yan Ming, and developed the nursing practice model, the Binhai Hospital Unitary Human CARE Model.

Dr. Wei has also:

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Nightingale Initiative for Global Health

The Watson Caring Science Institute is proud to support the Nightingale Initiative for Global Health (NIGH) and share in the excitement of the 2020 Year of the Nurse and Midwife!

The Nightingale Initiative for Global Health — often called ‘NIGH’ — is a grassroots-to-global catalytic movement created — in Florence Nightingale’s name — to keep her flame and bright spirit beaming throughout the 21st century and beyond.

Please be sure to visit the NIGH website and join the Nightingale Declaration for a Healthy World and make a commitment to “our shared goals and shared purposes — to work together to build a better world for everyone.”

Click here to read the letter from Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge.

Nightingale Prayer — The Flame of Florence Nightingale’s Legacy

Deva-Marie Beck, PhD, RN © 1996 ​

“Today, our world needs healing and to be rekindled with Love.
Once, Florence Nightingale lit her beacon of lamplight to comfort the wounded.
Her light has blazed a path of service across a Century to us —
through her example and through the countless nurses and healers
who have followed in her footsteps.

“Today, we celebrate the flame of Florence Nightingale’s legacy.
Let that same light be rekindled to burn brightly in our hearts.
Let us take up our own ‘lanterns of caring,’ each in our own ways —
to more brightly walk our own paths of service to the world —
to more clearly share our own ‘noble purpose’ with each other.

“May human caring become the lantern for the 21st century.
May we better learn to care for ourselves, for each other and for all Creation.

“Through our caring, may we be the keepers of that flame.
That our spirits may burn brightly to kindle the hearts of our children and great-grandchildren — as they, too, follow in these footsteps.”

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Fireside Chat with Jean Watson and Joan Vitello on Holistic Nursing

On November 5, 2019, Jean Watson and Joan Vitello participated in afternoon discussions with nurses and students at the University of Massachusetts Worcester Medical School for a fireside chat on holistic Nursing.

Introduction by Lynne Wagner, EDD, MSN, RN, FACCE, CHMT, is Founder of Massachusetts Regional Caring Science Consortium, WCSI Caritas Coach® and Faculty Associate.

Joan Vitello, PhD. RN, NEA-BC, FAHA, FAAN, is Dean of the Graduate School of Nursing at University of Massachusetts Worcester Medical School

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Watson Caring Science Institute Announces New Book Release: Spiritual Awakening of a Nurse

Boulder, COOctober 2019 – Watson Caring Science Institute’s Lotus Library proudly announces publication of its first dual language title: Spiritual Awakening of a Nurse; From the Death of a Child to Loving Kindness by Héctor Rosso RN, BSN, CDE, MA, Caritas Coach®, with forewords by Jean Watson and Erika Caballero Muñoz.

As a nurse and a father, Rosso poignantly reflects on his grueling struggle and a search for life’s meaning after enduring seven harrowing years stoically supporting his “soul teacher,” 13-year-old daughter Julieta who died after being diagnosed with cancer at age 6. Following his loss, Rosso begins a courageous trek through an unchartered territory of chaos, despair, forgiveness, and unknowns; which leads him to confronting his pain and himself head-on, leading to deep surrendering, self-care, higher consciousness and loving kindness.

An exemplar of Caring Science philosophy for health professionals and other care givers, this book also may be used as a guide to support other parents who, plunged into the pain of losing a child, must also be reborn.

“This book will take you on a path that will allow you to connect with yourself, bringing together your head, your heart and your hands and translating through them loving care practices.”
Erika Caballero Muñoz, Member, Board of Directors, International Council of Nurses (ICN), Region 6

“Héctor Rosso shares his personal/professional life journey through such an artistic and authentic story that it invites others to enter deep healing experiences, literally and vicariously.”
Jean Watson, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, LL (AAN) Founder/Director Watson Caring Science Institute

A dual language book in English and Spanish. Available for purchase on October 17, 2019. Click here to order.

About the Author
A native of Montevideo, Héctor Rosso worked as a nurse in Uruguay for more than 28 years. He was Professor and Director at the Department for Education & Community Health, Faculty of Nursing & Health Technologies, at Catholic University, Uruguay, and more recently, he was Assistant Director of a large psychiatric hospital, in addition to serving as Director of Nursing at the only Public pediatric hospital in Uruguay. This experience deepened his desire to develop well-being and care for nurses, which formulated his research for his double Master’s thesis, completed in 2018. Currently, Héctor is an Adjunct Faculty Associate for WCSI, and a Caring Science Scholar, committed to a leading role on “WCSI Sur,” supporting Spanish speaking health professionals interested in Caring Science. Héctor also works as a holistic nurse educator, speaker, and consultant; and is honored to support nurses and other care givers with their own personal and professional development. This is his first book.

Paperback: 290 pages
Publisher: Lotus Library
Language: English and Spanish
ISBN 978-1-7331232-4-2
Also available as an Ebook

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Boulder, ColoradoOctubre de 2019 – La editorial Lotus Library de WCSI, anuncia con orgullo la publicación de su primer título en dos idiomas: El despertar espiritual de un enfermero; de la muerte de un hijo al amor bondadoso de Héctor Rosso, Lic. Enf. Esp. Mg. Caritas Coach® con los prólogos de Jean Watson y Erika Caballero Muñoz.

Como enfermero y padre, Rosso reflexiona conmovedoramente sobre su agotadora lucha y una búsqueda del significado de la vida, después de soportar siete años desgarradores, apoyando estoicamente a su “maestra del alma”, Julieta, su hija. Fallecida a la edad de 13 años, fue diagnosticada con cáncer desde los 6 años. Rosso comienza un viaje a través de un territorio desconocido de caos, desesperación, perdón e incógnitas; lo que lleva a enfrentar su dolor, y a sí mismo con valentía, lo lleva a una profunda rendición, autocuidado, conciencia superior y bondad amorosa.

Un ejemplo de la filosofía de Caring Science para profesionales de la salud y otros cuidadores, este libro también puede usarse como guía para apoyar a otros padres que, sumidos en el dolor de perder a un hijo, también deben renacer.

“Este libro lo llevará por un camino que le permitirá conectarse, unir su cabeza, su corazón y sus manos y plasmar en ellas prácticas de cuidado amoroso”.
Erika Caballero Muñoz, Miembro de la Directiva del Consejo Internacional de Enfermeras. (CIE), Región 6

“Héctor Rosso comparte su andanza personal y profesional por medio de una historia tan artística y auténtica que nos invita a adentrarnos y a vivir, literalmente, experiencias de profunda sanación”.
Jean Watson, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, LL (AAN) Fundadora y Directora de Watson Caring Science Institute

Un libro en dos idiomas en ingles y en español. Disponible para su compra desde el 17 de octubre de 2019. Haga clic aquí para ordenar.

Sobre el Autor:
Nativo de Montevideo, Héctor Rosso trabajó como enfermero en Uruguay durante más de 28 años. Fue profesor y director en el Departamento de Educación y Salud Comunitaria de la Facultad de Enfermería y Tecnologías de la Salud, en la Universidad Católica del Uruguay, y más recientemente, fue adjunto a dirección de un gran hospital psiquiátrico, además de servir como jefe de enfermería en el único hospital público pediátrico de Uruguay. Estas experiencias profundizaron su deseo de desarrollar el bienestar y la atención de las enfermeras, formulando su investigación para su doble tesis de maestría, completada en 2018. Actualmente, Héctor es profesor adjunto de WCSI y está comprometido en el desarrollo de “WCSI Sur “, Apoyando a los profesionales de la salud de habla hispana interesados en Caring Science. Héctor también trabaja como enfermero, educador, orador y consultor holístico; y tiene el honor de apoyar a las enfermeras y otros cuidadores con su propio desarrollo personal y profesional. Este es su primer libro.

Tapa blanda: 290 páginas
Editor: Lotus Library
Idioma: Inglés y Español
ISBN 978-1-7331232-4-2
También disponible como libro electrónico

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Watson Caring Science Institute Announces New Book Release: Birds Hold Our Secrets

Boulder, COSeptember 2019 – Watson Caring Science Institute’s Lotus Library proudly announce publication of WCSI Doctoral Scholar Anna Biley’s first book Birds Hold our Secrets, A Caritas Story of Grief and Remembering. An important addition to the literature of Unitary Caring Science and Conscious Dying, Birds Hold Our Secrets explores the universal question of how do we, as nurses, nurse our own?

Drawing on her many years as a nurse, mother and wife, Biley tenderly takes us on an autoethnographic journey of conscious dying as she supports her beloved nurse academic husband Fran. Diagnosed with cancer, Fran’s wish was to die mindfully – whatever the circumstances. Anna travels alongside whilst trying to balance normality in family life. Painfully tender, Anna offers an insight in what it’s like to consciously care for a loved one the way they wish to die – honoring the sacred covenant until the end. Biley skillfully guides the reader on a Caritas pilgrimage as she lives out Caring Science principles, digging deep to remember her life’s purpose, which resonates for us all.

Biley’s exposé of grief, love, and remembering purpose transcends science and self, and unites the reader into the unitary field of human existence/non-existence, in harmony and one with nature, life cycles, environment and the cosmos.
Jean Watson

Available for purchase on Oct 1, 2019. Click here to order.

Foreword by Jean Watson

About the author:
WCSI Global Faculty Associate and Caring Science Doctoral Scholar Anna Biley is a testament to Caring Science, having lived out the values throughout her nursing career. Born and bred in the North of England, she now lives in Dorset and seeks stillness by walking every day with her little dog Dot in the gentle, rural landscape that inspired Thomas Hardy and T. S. Eliot.

Paperback: 106 pages
Publisher: Lotus Library
Language: English
ISBN 978-1-7331232-0-4
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Watson Caring Science Institute Announces New Book Release: Miracles and Mysteries Witnessed by Nurses

Boulder, COSeptember 2019 – Watson Caring Science Institute’s Lotus Library proudly announce publication of miraculous stories witnessed by nurses and compiled by Jean Watson. Facing life/death human experiences every day, nurses confront unexplained phenomena which do not conform to common explanatory scientific models. This collected work includes short vignettes written by nurses who answered the call out by Jean Watson to share their profound nursing miracles and mysteries. It acts as a forum where miracles and mysteries can be shared and honored, and to highlight “unknowns;” allowing for the reality of miracles to come back into our life and world.

When we [nurses] are in the presence of patients who entrust their care to us, we may be knowingly or unknowingly entering very sacred spiritual space.Cynthia Holle

This wonderful book shares with each of us the power of love and compassion to change lives.James R. Doty, M.D. Professor of Neurosurgery, Stanford University School of Medicine, and New York Times bestselling author.

There is nothing else to say, other than to invite you to read, appreciate, bow down, and relish the deliciousness of life’s wondrous unknowns – that can only be considered a miracle.Jean Watson

Foreword by: Jean Watson

Contributing Authors: Stephanie Ahmed, JoAnne Auger, Emily Barr, Nicole Brodrick, Gayle Casterline, Roberta Christopher, Theresa Davis, Katy Fisher-Cunningham, Debby Flickinger, Mónica García, Jeremy Geffen (deceased), Shandra Knight,Val Lincoln, Gloria Littlemouse, Beverley Lugo, Rudolf C.K.P. Martinez, Nancy Rayos, Robert Reynoso, Nancy Rollins Gantz, Rita Romito-DiGiacomo,Mary Ann Friesen, Grissel Hernandez, Rosemary Hoffmann, Cynthia Holle, Robin Jackson, Liliana Suchicital, Diane Swengros, Dianna Trush, Matthew Wilkie.

There will be a book signing at the International Caritas Consortium October 17th, 2019 in San Francisco, California, USA.

  • Paperback: 126 pages
  • Publisher: Lotus Library
  • Language: English
  • ISBN 978-1-7331232-1-1
  • Also available as an Ebook

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Watson Caring Science Institute Announces New Imprint: Lotus Library

Boulder, CO — September 2019 – Watson Caring Science Institute has a new publication imprint, Lotus Library as part of its non-profit 501C(3) organization.

Following from the philosophy and theory of Caring Science, Lotus Library aims to encompass and showcase a humanitarian, human science orientation to human caring processes and phenomena. Its’ mission is rooted in compassionate care and healing of the mind-body-spirit as one. Jean Watson, Founder and Director of WCSI said: “Our publications exemplify a transdisciplinary approach to sustaining caring/healing as a global covenant with humanity/Mother Earth.”

Managing Editor of Lotus Library is Watson’s daughter Julie Watson, a Caritas Coach®. “Lotus Library will provide a forum for nurses and others to give voice to experiences which otherwise may be ignored or dismissed.” she said. Lotus Library will publish work aimed at celebrating the mysteries of life, death, suffering and joy, embracing the miracles and mysteries of existence – exemplifying Caring Science theory.

Book Signing

There are currently 3 books in production and will be launched with a book signing at the International Caritas Consortium October 17th, 2019 in San Francisco, California. They will also be available as an Ebook.

Current Titles in production are:

  • Miracles and Mysteries Witnessed by Nurses, Edited by Jean Watson. A compilation of everyday miracles and mysteries witnessed by nurses. Compiled by Jean Watson, with multiple nurse authors. Publication date Oct 1st, 2019.
  • Birds Hold Our Secrets, a Caritas Story of Grief and Remembering, by Anna Biley, DIP. N, MSC, DCS, Caritas Coach®. A memoir of Conscious Dying and living out the Caritas Processes®. Publication date Oct 1st 2019.
  • Spiritual Awakening of a Nurse/Despertar Espiritual de un Enfermero, By Héctor Rosso, BSN, RN, CDE, MA, Caritas Coach®. A nurse’s story of deep transformation and discovery through Caring Science. In Spanish and English. Publication date Oct 1st, 2019.

For further information on Lotus Library: Julie Watson julie@watsoncaringscience.org.

For further book please visit the Lotus Library in The Caring Store.

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Samuel Merritt University recognized as Academic Affiliate™ of Watson Caring Science Institute

Boulder, CO – June 2019 – Watson Caring Science Institute (WCSI) and Dr. Jean Watson are proud to announce Samuel Merritt University (SMU), Oakland, California has been named a National Watson Caring Science Academic Affiliate™ — the second only academic system to achieve formal affiliation of The Watson Caring Science Institute.

The designation recognizes Samuel Merritt University’s exemplary integration of caring theory and leadership commitment to offer informed Caring Science curriculum to their nursing students. Samuel Merritt University joins The College of New Rochelle, New York to become the second academic institution to have ever received the prestigious ‘National Caring Science Affiliate™’ recognition status.

Paulina Van, PhD, RN, CNE, Professor and Chair, RN to BSN Program, commented “Our RN to BSN team of faculty and staff are humbled and inspired by Samuel Merritt University’s designation as a National Watson Caring Science Academic Affiliate™. Caring Science theoretical perspectives have been used as context and the foundation to transform the clinical practice and leadership performance of our scholars in various settings and at myriad stages in their respective careers.”

Caring Science and WCSI Affiliation contributes to the wider Samuel Merritt University learning outcomes. Van explains “Our graduates reported being transformed in ways in which their impact on care, policy, and the caring environment exceeded their expectations.”

Transformative Teaching and Learning

Samuel Merritt University has shown their commitment towards authentic, deep-rooted and sustainable Caring Science teaching and learning. Partnering with another WCSI Affiliate, Kaiser Foundation Hospital of Northern California, SMU designed a new RN to BSN program grounded in Unitary Caring Science (UCS). The program begins with a MBSR course that serves as an experiential introduction to UCS. Faculty are well-grounded in UCS – five are WCSI trained Caritas Coaches®, three HeartMath© trainers and a postdoctoral immersion in UCS. The core values of UCS drive the program’s goals and lend to the healing-teaching-learning environment.

Audrey Berman, PhD, RN, Professor and Dean, School of Nursing SMU commented, “The faculty and students in this program have consistently reported the amazing, positive influence of Unitary Caring Science framework on their learning and their personal and professional lives. In addition, the influence has spread into our other nursing programs and those faculty are beginning to plan how to integrate UCS concepts in their curricula and everyday practices. The recognition from WCSI will serve to provide additional motivation for ongoing and enhanced connections.”

Jean Watson, Founder and Director of WCSI said: “I am honored and delighted to formalize the invitation for Samuel Merritt University RN2BS Nursing program to be nationally recognized and identified as one of the Inaugural National Caring Science Academic Affiliates of Watson Caring Science Institute. I am impressed and inspired by the nature and depth of caring science curriculum at Samuel Merritt University. It will be a privilege to have their program join others pioneering the future for nursing education for a new era upon us all”.

To Become An Affiliate

To become a National Caring Science System™, Samuel Merritt University demonstrated to WCSI the authentically, deep-rooted and sustainable commitment to integrating Caring Science to transform and broaden whole person health and healing in its curriculum and culture. The university joins ten other National WCSI Affiliate Hospital Systems, and fifteen Global WCSI Associate Systems who have achieved such a recognition.

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The 2019 Unitek Learning Nursing Symposium – Building Strong Partnerships

In Boise, leaders in healthcare and education gathered to support the nursing profession at Unitek’s Symposium

BOISE, IDAHO (PRWEB) MAY 20, 2019

Article from PRWeb
Written by: Andy Nydegger, RN, MSN Ed, CNE

The success of nursing education requires a strong partnership between academia, healthcare, and practice. Unitek Learning sought to build a bridge between these integral elements by hosting the 2019 Nursing Symposium in Boise, Idaho. In addition to strengthening partnerships, the event honored healthcare professionals and celebrated National Nursing Week. The Nursing Symposium, which was held on May 7, 2019, at the picturesque Grove Hotel in Downtown Boise, also addressed the dire need for Idaho nurses.

Various professionals and esteemed guests attended this multifaceted event. Unitek Learning and the offices of Senator Fred Martin of Idaho’s 15th District awarded hospital, healthcare, and nursing education leaders for their dedication to quality patient care in the state of Idaho. Keynote speakers and expert panelists also discussed the future of the state’s healthcare.

In 2018, the Idaho Alliance of Leaders in Nursing (IALN) released the Nursing Workforce Biennial Report, which stressed the importance of change within Idaho’s nursing education system. The population of Idaho is expected to increase to about 1.9 million residents by 2025, but a severe nursing shortage is also expected to start as early as 2020. In order to meet this challenge, the report called for a minimum of 400 additional nursing graduates on a yearly basis. The Nursing Workforce Biennial Report was a critical topic of discussion at Unitek’s Symposium.

The event began with a warm welcome from Ms. Janis Paulson and Dr. Abdel Yosef, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Academic Officer at Unitek Learning. Nurse theorist Jean Watson, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, LL (AAN), Distinguished Professor and Founder/Director of Watson Caring Science Institute, also provided guests with a welcome presentation. The forum featured two keynote speakers: Dr. Randall Hudspeth, PhD, APRN-CNP, FRE, FAANP – Executive Director of the Idaho Center for Nursing, and Senator Fred S. Martin, District 15, Boise, Idaho – Idaho State Health and Welfare Senate Chair. Their inspirational words set the stage for engaging discussion between academic and healthcare professionals.

The Nursing Symposium featured distinguished panelists who are experts in their field, including Kevin K. McEwan, MSN, RN, NEA-BC – Chief Nursing Officer at Madison Memorial Hospital in Rexburg, Idaho; Michael McGrane, RN, MSN – Representative for Nurse Leaders of Idaho and American Nurses Association Idaho as a lobbyist with the Idaho Legislature; Dr. Susan Odom, PhD, RN, CCRN, FRE – Associate Executive Director of the Idaho Board of Nursing and the Interim Executive Director; Jynae Clapper, RN, MSN, CRRN – Director of Nursing Operations at St. Luke’s Rehabilitation Hospital in Boise, Idaho. They were joined by Dr. Randall Hudspeth during the panel discussion.

Some esteemed guests included employees of Boise VA Medical Center, the Idaho Board of Nursing, Idaho State Senate Office, Madison Memorial Hospital, St. Luke’s Health System, and Vibra Hospital, along with more than 20 other Boise and Eastern Idaho community agencies and medical facilities.

Ultimately, the 2019 Idaho Nursing Symposium strove to increase awareness and encourage change. As stated by the Nursing Workforce Biennial Report, Idaho will likely experience a significant population increase, particularly with individuals over the age of 55, who will need greater access to healthcare services. At the same time, the report found that more than one-third of working nurses are over the age of 55. Additionally, for every available nursing student school seat, there are 7-10 applicants. “Unitek Learning is committed to partnering with the community to help meet the nursing shortage and prepare safe and competent nurses,” said Janis Paulson, Chief Executive Officer at Unitek Learning.

“As a first step, Unitek’s 2019 Nursing Symposium presented an opportunity to engage in a discussion with professionals from academia and practice,” said Dr. Abdel Yosef, Chief Academic Officer at Unitek Learning. “This dialogue is needed as early as possible to shape the Unitek nursing program so that it can meet the local community and healthcare needs in the state of Idaho.”

Unitek Learning is the parent company of several distinguished learning institutions: Unitek College, Unitek EMT, Eagle Gate College, and Provo College. They are now expanding their presence to proposed locations in Idaho. Taught by experienced professionals, Unitek programs teach clinical practices and theory used in the field today. Equipped with a multitude of sought-after skills, Unitek graduates are prepared to excel in many of the fastest-growing careers in healthcare and nursing.

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Watson Caring Science Institute announces two scholarship opportunities

April 2019

Boulder, CO – Watson Caring Science Institute (WCSI) Board of Directors announced two separate Scholarships will be offered annually to selected applicants: The John Matthew Kertland V Scholarship – for applicants accepted in the Caritas Coach Educational Program®; and The Watson Caring Science Scholarship – a general fund.

The Scholarships have been created to remove financial barriers and to encourage advancement of Caring Science. The Scholarships symbolize WCSI Founder and Director Jean Watson’s lifelong commitment to Caring Science education and the promotion of the understanding of caring for self/others and the planet.

The John Matthew Kertland V Scholarship was created in memory of John Matthew Kertland V, whose loving wife Grissel Hernandez, a Caring Science Scholar, Caritas Coach®, and faculty of WCSI helped to establish this fund. The purpose of this Scholarship is to financially support applicants for The WCSI Caritas Coach Education Program.

The Watson Caring Science Scholarship was established to enable selected applicants to deepen their understanding of Caring Science and contribute to the Legacy of scholarly and/or participatory activities based on Watson’s theory of Caring Science. The purpose of this Scholarship is to financially support applicants in participating in a Watson Caring Science sponsored or endorsed program, conference or event.

The Scholarships of up to $1,000 per individual are funded by generous gifts from individuals, WCSI general funds, and a percentage of our Caring Store sales. Please consider donating to help expand the field of Caring Science. All donations are tax deductible.

For further information: https://www.watsoncaringscience.org/wcsi-scholarships/ or to find out how you can donate: https://www.watsoncaringscience.org/the-caring-store/gifts-and-donations/.

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Healthcare interprofessional team members’ perspectives on human caring: A directed content analysis study

January 22, 2019

Article published in the International Journal of Nursing Sciences
Holly Wei, Jean Watson

As Watson’s Human Caring Theory continues to evolve and guide the discipline of nursing, the challenge is to find ways to integrate it into practice. The purpose of this study is to describe interprofessional team members’ perspectives on human caring based on the Ten Caritas Processes®/Caritas-Veritas Literacy of Watson’s Human Caring Theory within the Unitary Caring Science.

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First Academic System Announced as a National Watson Caring Science Academic Affiliate™

December 2018Boulder, CO – Watson Caring Science Institute (WCSI) and Dr. Jean Watson are proud to announce The College of New Rochelle (CNR), New York, has been named a National Watson Caring Science Academic Affiliate™- the very first academic system to achieve formal affiliation of The Watson Caring Science Institute.

The designation recognizes The College of New Rochelle’s exemplary integration of caring theory and leadership commitment to offer informed Caring Science curriculum to their nursing students. The College of New Rochelle is the very first academic institution to have ever received the prestigious ‘National Caring Science Affiliate™’ recognition status.

Debra A. Simons, Ph.D., R.N. Dean, School of Nursing & Healthcare Professions at The College of New Rochelle and Fellow, New York Academy of Medicine, said: “It’s a supreme privilege to have received recognition as an inaugural National Caring Science Academic Affiliate System!™ This is truly transformative in our dearly beloved profession. By integrating the WCSI ethos of Caring Science into everything we do shows we are committed to providing an outstanding learning environment for students, staff and community.”

Jean Watson, Founder and Director of WCSI said: “CNR is the oldest academic institution with such leadership, success, history and standards with its holistic caring curriculum. For the future of nursing education, we need to have leadership schools such as CNR held up as national exemplars for nursing education now and the future.

The College of New Rochelle has shown their commitment towards authentic, deep-rooted and sustainable Caring Science teaching and learning. To become a National Caring Science System™, The College of New Rochelle demonstrated to WCSI the authentically, deep-rooted and sustainable commitment to integrating Caring Science to transform and broaden whole person health and healing in its curriculum and culture.

The school joins thirteen other National WCSI Affiliate Hospital Systems, and eight Global WCSI Associate Systems who have achieved such a recognition.


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About Watson Caring Science Institute (WCSI)

The WSCI is an international non-profit organization that advances the philosophies, theories and practices of Human Caring/Caring Science. It was founded by Jean Watson, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, who serves as founder and director. Focusing on research, education, praxis and legacy, the institute aims to widen the development and understanding of Caring Science to inform our notion of quality care and healing environments. Currently there are over 400 hospitals throughout the USA with many other partner Healthcare systems globally using the WCSI theory. There are now over 350 WCSI trained practitioner leaders or ‘Caritas Coaches’ throughout the world. Texts on Watson’s theory of caring is taught in Universities worldwide and translated into over 7 languages.

To become a National Caring Science System™ of WCSI, an organization must demonstrate specific criteria related to authentic human caring-healing practices for its whole community.

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. for 16 years.  She is the founder of the original Center for Human Caring in Colorado’ 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 14 honorary doctorate degrees. Watson is the author of more than 100 publications in Caring Science and of more than 30 books on the Science of Human Caring™, including the classic: Nursing. The Philosophy and Science of Caring which identifies the 10 core “Caritas Processes®’ – universals of human caring, necessary for studying and implementing a model of Caring Science in practice. This work restores the deep-spiritual dimensions of Love with caring-healing as the foundation for preparing a new level of practitioners in Caring Science/Caritas HealthCare.

Dr. Watson was designated a Living Legend by the American Academy of Nursing, its highest honor.

About The College of New Rochelle, New York

The College of New Rochelle School of Nursing & Healthcare Professions offers a rigorous academic program specializing in extensive professional preparation and a compassionate approach to patient care that is inspired by CNR’s Ursuline heritage. They offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing for students of all backgrounds, including traditional and transfer students, those looking to change careers, and RNs seeking to advance their education. Students and their experienced faculty share a deep commitment to holistic healing based on empathy, altruism, and leading-edge nursing skills.

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Press Ganey Collaborates with WCSI; enables Press Ganey clients to integrate Watson’s caring questions into patient feedback

Boston, October 24, 2018 Press Ganey today announced that it has entered into a collaboration with Jean Watson of Watson Caring Science Institute to offer the Watson Caritas Patient Score® (WCPS) as optional questions to Press Ganey clients.

With a shared commitment to nursing excellence, Press Ganey and the Watson Caring Science Institute will provide health care organizations with expanded measurement capabilities that can assess caring practices at the bedside to strengthen the patient–nurse relationship.

“Throughout her distinguished career in nursing, Jean Watson has been devoted to advancing the practice of compassionate human caring,” said Christy Dempsey, Press Ganey Chief Nursing Officer. “Her groundbreaking work in understanding, measuring and supporting caring behaviors adds another critical dimension to Press Ganey’s commitment to supporting nursing and patient care excellence.”

In addition, the two organizations will jointly develop research to further understand the connection between caring science and the delivery of safe, high quality, patient-centered care. “The nurse–patient relationship has a profound impact on the patient care experience,” said Jean Watson, PhD, founder and director, Watson Caring Science Institute. “By combining the practices of human caring with Press Ganey’s principles of Compassionate Connected Care™, we can continue to advance the industry toward optimal nursing practices.”

About Press Ganey Press Ganey pioneered the health care performance improvement movement more than 30 years ago. Today, Press Ganey offers an integrated suite of solutions that enable enterprise transformation across the patient journey. Delivered through a cutting-edge digital platform built on a foundation of data security, Press Ganey solutions address safety, clinical excellence, patient experience and workforce engagement. The company works with more than 33,000 health care facilities in its mission to reduce patient suffering and enhance caregiver resilience to improve the overall safety, quality and experience of care.

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MSLGROUP Jon Siegal, 781-684-0770 PressGaney@mslgroup.com

About Watson Caring Science Institute Watson Caring Science Institute (WCSI) is an international nonprofit organization created to advance the philosophies, theories and practices of human caring. The theory and science of human caring seeks to restore the profound nature of caring-healing, and bring the ethic and ethos of love back into health care. WCSI is dedicated to help the current health care system retain its most precious resource—competent, caring professional nurses—while preparing a new generation of health professionals in a broader model of Caring Science.

WCSI Media Conact: Julie: 303-546-7970  info@watsoncaringscience.org;  Julie@watsoncaringscience.org

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Lucile Packard Stanford Children’s Hospital, Recognized as a National Watson Caring Science Affiliate System™

September 2018

Boulder, CO – Watson Caring Science Institute (WCSI) and Dr. Jean Watson are proud to announce the Lucile Packard Stanford Children’s Hospital (LPSCH), California, has been named a National Watson Caring Science System™.

The designation recognizes Lucile Packard Stanford Children’s Hospital’s exemplary integration of caring theory and leadership commitment to offer informed Caring Science practices, to their patients and their families.

Kelly M. Johnson, RN, PhD, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer and vice president of patient care services at Lucile Packard Stanford Children’s Hospital  stated: “We are delighted to be recognized as a WCSI National Caring Science System™. Integrating the WCSI ethos of Caring Science into professional nursing practice and the care environment exemplifies the commitment of LPSCH professional nursing to provide evidence-based practice and to promote a caring and healing environment for patients and families to receive care and for nurses to work”.

Jean Watson, Founder and Director of WCSI said: “Lucile Packard Stanford Children’s Hospital has shown their commitment towards authentic, deep-rooted and sustainable Caring Science. We are thrilled to welcome the organization as a National Caring Science System™ to further develop the emerging field of Caring Science.”

To become a National Caring Science System™, Lucile Packard Stanford Children’s Hospital demonstrated to WCSI the authentically, deep-rooted and sustainable commitment to integrating Caring Science to transform and broaden whole person health and healing for its staff, patients, families and the surrounding community.

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