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Theory of Caring

Theory of Caring

Abstract
I’m faced with the theory of caring, historically caring is such a simple definition, but to be quite honest there is nothing simple about it. In my paper I will be going to analyze Watson’s theory of caring. I will try to explain the structure of the theory of human caring which ties to Jean Watson’s great theory “The ten Carative Factors”. In addition I will also mention her theories on “The Caring Moment” and “Transpersonal Caring”. I will attempt to explain the theoretical basis for her theories. Keep in mind her books based on these theories have served nurses all over the world with a guide to their profession. She has forever changed how we view nursing as a whole.

In Watson’s first book "Nursing: the philosophy and science of caring" she pretty much provided the originality of her Theory of Human Caring: 10 Carative Factors. They would later on be acknowledged as the factors that are the essential factors of caring in nursing. With that being said lets begin to discuss her carative factors. The first of the 10 carative factors is forming a humanistic altruistic system of values, Watson touched up on this because she believes that by practicing loving/kindness and treating everyone equal would be a good base to start off the patient to nurse relationship. She purposely put humanistic-altruistic feelings first because it is the basis for human caring with professional care. Her second carative factor is an interesting one because of what it deals with she thought that encouraging a patients faith and hope would be imperative for the nurse to show authenticity by honoring the patient’s spiritual beliefs, as besides medicine they promote and can help maintain the patients health. For Watson’s third factor she realizes that for a nurse to completely be successful in treating the patient the nurse must be sensitive to his/her own feelings, if one is cannot recognize or acknowledge ones own feelings, one cannot be sensitive to another’s feelings....

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