University of Miami Hospital Health System named WCSI National Caring Science Affiliate

Boulder, CO – September 2020 — Watson Caring Science Institute (WCSI) and Dr. Jean Watson are proud to announce the University of Miami Health System, Miami, FL, has been named a National Caring Science Affiliate System of WCSI. The designation recognizes UM Health System’s exemplary integration of Caring Theory and leadership commitment to offer informed Caring Science practices, to their patients and system.

Maureen Fagan, D.N.P., FNP-BC, FAAN, UM Health System’s Chief Nursing Executive (CNE) said: “We are delighted to be recognized as a WCSI National Caring Science Affiliate System. By integrating the WCSI ethos of Caring Science into everything we do shows we are committed to providing outstanding care for patients, family and staff.”

Elizabeth L. Smith, D.N.P, RN, the Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) for the University of Miami Hospital and Clinics explained, “It’s clear that the UM Health System is grounded in Caring Science in the way we work with each other and care for our patients and community. We know the difference Caring Science makes reducing staff burn out and creating a healing environment for all who enter our doors.” The University of Miami Health System is only one of twelve systems nationally which has been designated a WCSI Affiliate System.

Stephanie W. Ahmed, DNP, NP-BC Associate Chief Nurse Executive for Professional Practice and Clinical Excellence, University of Miami Health System and Watson Caring Science Postdoc Scholar in Residence continues “We are further embedding the theory by training an additional 6 nurses to become Caritas Coaches® which will further strengthen this wonderful work.” Jean Watson, Founder and Director of WCSI said: “UM has shown their commitment towards authentic, deep-rooted and sustainable Caring Science. We are thrilled to welcome the organization as a National Caring Science Affiliate System to further develop the emerging field of Caring Science.”

To become a National Caring Science Affiliate System, the University of Miami Health System has 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. >Learn more.

About University of Miami Health System, Miami, FL
The mission of the University of Miami Health System is to be a state-of-the-art academic medical center that serves the South Florida community and beyond. They carry this out by:

  • Delivering high-quality, compassionate health care
  • Leading life-changing discoveries and transforming patient care through innovative research
  • Educating the next generation of medical leaders
  • Promoting the health and well-being of our community
  • Nurturing diversity, equity, and inclusivity

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About Watson Caring Science Institute
Watson Caring Science Institute is an international non-profit 501C(3) organization that advances the unitary philosophies, theories and practices of ‘Caring Science’, developed by Dr. Jean Watson, Ph.D., RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, LL (AAN). Caring Science is a transdisciplinary approach that incorporates the art and science of nursing and includes concepts from the fields of philosophy, ethics, ecology and mind-body-spirit medicine.

There are an estimated 400 hospitals throughout the USA in which their professional practice model is based upon Watson’s philosophy and theory of human Caring Science. There are less than 20 systems nationally to be designated a coveted WCSI Affiliate status. The institute has trained hundreds of Caritas Coaches® globally to translate the theory into concrete human-to-human practices that help to repattern the culture of healthcare, and other organizations whereby the practitioners ‘live out’ the theory in their professional and personal lives, improving patient care, and reducing staff burn out.

Focusing on research, education, practice, legacy and leadership, Watson Caring Science Institute aims to deepen the development and understanding of Caring Science and Caritas Practices, to dramatically transform patient/family experiences of caring and healing in schools, hospitals, the wider community and our planet.

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.

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