Watson Job Aid
Example 3 - NUR 405

Watson Job Aid Example 3 for the NUR 405 class

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Human caring is the core of Jean Watson’s theory and was transformed over years from a philosophy in 1979 to the theory of human-caring published in 1988: The theory continues to evolve. Watson’s theory focuses on the nurse-patient relationship; with the relationship affecting both the patient and the nurse using transpersonal caring the healing process is potentiated. Transpersonal caring connects the nurse and the patient on a higher spiritual level concentrating on the whole person for promoting health and healing of the patient. When the nurse addresses the whole person the mind, body, and spirit is united (Sitzman, 2002). This video attempts to address the professional model of caring-healing practices; the values, ethics, and moral ideals that support this practice; the philosophy, theory, and sciences that inform their creation and utilization; steps to enhance shared learning and original scholarship to benefit mentoring; dissemination of the caring science models of clinical and education scholarship and professional excellence.

Professional Model of Caring-healing Practices

The difference between the medical model and the nursing model is “curing verses caring” (Cara, n.d.). The models harmonize each other because the medical model is based on identifying and treatment of disease, and the nursing model takes the holistic approach based on the human-caring of the patient using the metaparadigm: person, health, nursing, and environment. The metaparadigm is not a new concept, originating from the time of Florence Nightingale. Watson uses these concepts as a foundation for the caritas processes. Caritas is a Greek word to cherish. Many similarities exist between the caritas processes and Zen Buddhism teachings of peace, support of others, and transpersonal connections (Sitzman, 2002). Caritas processes contribute to the transpersonal relationship, and assist the nurse in meaningful ways to reach...[continues]


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