Postmodern Nursing & Beyond


Listen to the audio from Postmodern Nursing & Beyond, “In Search of the Sacred”

Jean Watson’s remarkable, iconic book continues her quest for the heart of nursing, and further develops the theories which have inspired nurses all over the world. Drawing on the wisdom of Nightingale from the nineteenth century, Dr. Watson sets out a template for nursing for this twenty-first century. As we move beyond the high-tech, cure-at-all-costs ethos of the ‘modern’ era, Dr. Watson argues, nursing needs to rediscover its healing essence and return the caring arts to its practice. PostModern sets out how this must be done to secure nursing’s future as the caring-healing profession for this millennium.

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Jean Watson, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN

Forward by: Barbara Montgomery Dossey, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN and Larry Dossey, MD

Pub. Date: July 19, 1999

First published in UK in 1999 – reprinted by WCSI in 2011. This book is a futuristic new worldview of nursing/caring/healing paradigm. This work goes ‘beyond theory’ and is intended for graduate students and scholars as well as practitioners.

It addresses ‘beyond theory’ toward a shared ontological relational paradigm for human caring and healing – it re-frames and integrates caring healing modalities and relates Nightingale’s own writing of nursing to practices of caring-healing modalities.

It takes a feminist turn toward a relational ontological world view with Nursing as ancient Archetype for Healing; Nursing as Artistry of Practice; and Nursing as Architect for ontological designs for healthcare system design.

This is a futuristic book that addresses Nursing Caring Science as a larger paradigm of worldview shift, into an energetic cosmology of Healing and Health.

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