Reflection on Nursing Science

Shelly Kolb

The following reflection was written by Shelly Kolb, who is currently enrolled in the innagural cohort at the Sacramento campus for the RN-TO-BSN program at Samuel Merritt University. She is an ADN nurse, working on completing her Bachelor’s degree in nursing.

This reflection was part of the Nursing Science Course II reflective journal assignment. This particular reflection was the analysis of the course and what was learned.

This quote and photo are used with permission.


During this semester, I learned to be open and vulnerable in all situations I encounter. This experience made me realize that throughout my career and my personal life I had an enormous amount of fear. Nursing Science has opened my eyes to awareness of myself. Therefore, I could open myself up to others. This course has given me the tools to widen the lens that I view the world around me. Being exposed to Jean Watson’s Caritas Processes® during this program has changed my practice as a clinician.

The Caritas Processes have also influenced my personal life. During this course having the exposure to the OSCE simulation in Oakland provided an outstanding opportunity to work in a safe space to simulate my clinical practice, Team STEPPS, collaboration, debriefing about the OSCE process.

One of the most impactful, significant lessons in nursing science was the unitary transformative model. Being able to care for self and others’ entire being. Allowing myself to be vulnerable in each moment and interaction with others. Before this program, my thought process was very one directional. Looking back at my career and personal life I was narrow-minded. However, I did not realize it at the time.

The tools given to me with the nursing science course will stay with me my entire life. This course gave me the confidence to face my fears. I have shared the information I have learned with my coworkers, management, and my family. The transformation within myself has changed the environment around me. The new ways of learning, for example, the mind map analysis allowed me to learn important clinical information that my practice was lacking in a creative way. Once I faced my fears of learning in a new fashion and embraced the process, I really enjoyed the process.

OSCE = objective structure clinical encounter = a simulation of a patient encounter with standardized patients [actors] Team STEPPS = a program of communication for teams to reduce errors in team performance

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Save the Date & Call For Abstracts — 6th Annual Middle Eastern Nurses Conference

July 25, 2017
Save the Date & Call for Abstracts

February 1-3, 2018
Golden Tulip Hotel
Aqaba, Jordan

The Sixth Annual Nurses in the Middle East, Partners in Caring Science and Watson Caring Science Institute announce the Call for Abstracts for the February 1-3, 2018 conference in Aqaba, Jordan.

Conference Theme: The Nursing Force in Promoting Health Equity

This conference invites international collaboration and cutting-edge approaches to Caring Science/Caritas Processes® practice and theory-guided approaches to care for the caregiver/patients/families in this time of systemic, societal, and global crises.

Conference Objectives:
  • Unite diverse perspectives of human caring, transcending borders, religions, cultures, and boundaries for authentic caring-healing and health for all.
  • Explore global human caring-healing needs and approaches of caregivers and how to create a community of caring-healing practitioners, transcending current structures and systems.
  • Health care policy recommendations will be explored that address individual and system caring practices that support transformative, comprehensive, authentic human caring for all people around the globe. This conference theme unites all health professionals under a shared commitment to offer knowledgeable, compassionate human caring to self-other-society.
Guidelines for Abstract:

Nurses and all health professionals, managers, clinicians, educators, and researchers are invited to submit abstracts and/or posters consistent with the theme of the Nurses of the Middle East/Partners in Caring Science conference.

Title: Limited to 65 characters

Abstract Content: Maximum 320 words, including required subheadings. Excludes the APA formatted bibliography.

Selection: Abstracts will be competitively elected for formal presentation or poster presentation on the basis of scholarship, creativity, coherence, and authentic relevance to the conference theme.

  • Now accepting abstracts through October 27th, 2017.
  • Notifications will be sent to applicants by December 15th 2017.
  • Participants must register for the conference to have abstract accepted. Click here to register.

Please submit your abstract to partnerscaring@gmail.com with the subject “Aqaba 2018 Abstract.”

Travel Grants Available:

In order to apply for a travel grant, you must be from a Middle Eastern country, your abstract must be accepted to present, and you must send a one page (300 word) Word document describing why you should be considered for receiving a travel grant.

Learn more about Middle Eastern Nurses & Partners Uniting in Human Caring.

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Caritas Coach Education Program® (CCEP 2.0)

Dr .Watson and Watson Caring Science Institute (WCSI) Board of Directors are pleased to announce the continuation of the Caritas Coach Education Program® (CCEP 2.0).

As the program transitions back to WCSI from the Watson Caring Science Center (WCSC) University of Colorado College of Nursing (CU-CON), we honor Center Director, Dr. Sara Horton-Deutsch, for her continuing leadership and participation. We gracefully appreciate CU-CON for its transition support. Together, we remain committed to sustain and support the program and the growing Caritas Community.

Applications are now being accepted for the October 2017 Caritas Coach Education Program in San Mateo, CA.

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Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center Named Caring Science Affiliate by Watson Caring Science Institute

July 2017

Boulder, CO – Watson Caring Science Institute (WCSI) and Dr. Jean Watson are proud to announce the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Center, Houston Texas, has been named a National Caring Science System ™of WCSI.

The designation recognizes Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center’s exemplary integration of caring theory and leadership commitment to offer informed Caring Science practices, to their veterans. Whilst many of the 448 National VA Hospitals are using Watson Caring Science theory in their centers, the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center is only the fourth VA Medical Centre to have received ‘National Caring Science’ recognition status. The other VA hospitals with this designation are Washington DC, Atlanta, and James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital in Tampa.

Kelly Irving, Associate Director Patient Care Services, of Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center said: “We are delighted to be recognized as a WCSI National Caring Science System™. By integrating the WCSI ethos of Caring Science into everything we do shows we are committed to providing outstanding caring science for patients, family and staff.”

Jean Watson, Founder and Director of WCSI said: “Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center 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™, Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center 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.

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. For more information, please visit www.watsoncaringscience.org.


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 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.

About Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Houston is a care facility partnered with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs in the Texas Medical Center in Houston, Texas, United States. Its Mission Statement is ‘To fulfill President Lincoln’s promise “To care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan” by serving and honouring the men and women who are America’s veterans’. For more information, please visit www.houston.va.gov.

Contact

Watson Caring Science Institute
4450 Arapahoe Avenue, Ste 100
Boulder, CO 80303 USA
WCSI Voicemail System: 303-546-7970
info@watsoncaringscience.org

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Jean Watson, Founder and Director, Watson Caring Science Institute

Kelly Irving, Associate Director Patient Care Services, of Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center

John Matthew Kertland V — A Celebration of Life

by Grissel Hernandez, WCSI Volunteer Faculty Associate

January 27, 1964 – June 28, 2017

John Matthew Kertland V, 53, died unexpectedly at home on June 28, 2017 exactly two days after admitting in writing he needed to listen and apply more of what his wife said. Obviously, such revelation managed to be too powerful for his South Jersey heart. He would like us to believe he still looked in his early 40s, a fact he attributed to his daily skin care regimen with Lubriderm. He swore by it and emailed the company several times in hopes of receiving a lifetime supply. We are still waiting for the shipment.

John was born in Somers Point, New Jersey on January 27, 1964 to John M., IV and Judith M. Kertland; and raised by his grandparents, John M. and Dorothy Kertland, and his great-aunt, Hellen who loved him as her own son. He lived a wild and crazy life in his 20s and early 30s until he met his future wife, Grissel Hernandez on December 19, 1998. John was two hours late for their first date and he blamed it on his heartache after hearing President Clinton was impeached by Congress that day. We were still debating his version of the story.

John had many feelings about many things, particularly religion, bitcoin, political correctness, war on drugs, ancient aliens, and the medicinal properties of the sacred herb, cannabis.

John is survived by his wife, Grissel, his four-legged children, Simon, J.J., and Luci and countless other friends and families who loved him and miss him dearly. He is preceded in death by his parents, four-legged children, Kelly, Raider, Jack, Ivan, Miss P.C., and almost every person or alien who ever lived on this planet.

John suffered for many years with panic and anxiety attacks. However, during the last year of his life he began integrating Watson Caring Science caritas processes, practicing lovingkindness meditation and spending countless hours in his garden tending to his Jersey tomatoes, bells peppers and herb garden. His favorite Caritas Process™ was #5, allowing for positive and negative feelings!!!! He called gardening his spiritual practice and attributed his practice of lovingkindness with his new-found sense of peace.

John wanted to be cremated and asked to “sprinkle his ashes in as many WAWA store coffee pots”, a reference only his East Coast friends will understand. Luckily for his wife, there are no WAWAs in California.

John was deeply loved by his wife, friends and family. He was a loyal friend and a fierce enemy, yet had a kind heart. We will miss his laughter, witty, and brutal honesty. A private celebration of life will be held in late July.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating in memory of John M. Kertland to the Watson Caring Science Institute.

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WCSI 2.0 – Updates from Jean Watson

June 28, 2017

WCSI 2.0 Updates from Jean Watson, Founder of Non-Profit Watson Caring Science Institute (WCSI)

I am delighted to introduce my daughter, Julie Watson, as a new support to me and WCSI where she will work virtually, as well as in person, for selected WCSI events and programs.

Click here to view short video clip of our joint introduction.

Here is a visual aesthetic model of internal organization of WCSI 2.0 update. This visual model depicts the center as Caring Science with foci in Research, Education, Praxis (informed moral practice theory guided) and Legacy for continuation of the work via stabilizing WCSI.

Julie will be the ‘Go-to-Person’, working closely with me to coordinate, organize, plan and communicate with all parties and programs. She has a background which is precisely what WCSI requires at this time for stability, and sustainability for Caring Science to be of service to our world, now and for the future.

For example with a Masters from University of Sussex UK, she has experience in creating and managing non-profits, community organization development, grant writing, event planning and management, along with digital TV programming in arts, health, and culture.

Julie can be reached at julie@watsoncaringscience.org
Continuing questions to me at jean@watsoncaringscience.org
Continuing questions for business, contracts katie@watsoncaringscience.org
For website issues carol@watsoncaringscience.org

Please join me and WCSI, Board, faculty and colleagues in welcoming her. Feel free to reach out to her with ideas, questions, coordination and future thoughts for sustaining this work in our world.

In appreciation and gratitude,

Jean Watson, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN
Founder/Director
Watson Caring Science Institute
Boulder, Colorado 80304 USA
Distinguished Professor and Dean Emerita University of Colorado Denver,
www.watsoncaringscience.org
jean@watsoncaringscience.org

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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: sigo@tcd.ie

Abstract submission template, registration form and details of pre-conference workshops available at: nursing-midwifery.tcd.ie/SIG/creating-space-for-spirituality-in-healthcare.php

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

Facebook: TCD.Nursing.Midwifery
Twitter: @TCD_SNM

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 www.yoganurse.com to learn more.

Exploring the Expansiveness of Caritas Literacy

November 11, 2016

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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.