Applying Theory to a Practice Problem Part 2 (Jean Watson`s Theory)

ApplyingTheory to a Practice Problem: Part 2 (Jean Watson’s Theory)

ApplyingTheory to a Practice Problem: Part 2 (Jean Watson’s Theory)

JeanWatson was born on July 1940 in West Virginia. In 1961, she graduatedfrom nursing school and went to the University of Colorado tocomplete her BS she completed her masters in nursing as well as PhDin 1973 (Watson, 2011). She is a professor in the field of nursing.She is also a recipient of the Murchinson-Scoville Endowed Chair incaring science at the University of Colorado. Additionally, he is ateacher, scholar, author, and founder of the Watson Caring ScienceInstitute this institute focuses on helping and expanding practicesand theories of human caring in healthcare organizations. She has sixhonorary doctorates. She has widely travelled all over the worldteaching, cultivating, and operationalizing the theory of humancaring in the field nursing and health care (Watson, 2011).

JeanWatson’s Theory of Nursing care is one of the examples ofmiddle-range theories it chiefly focus on the relationship betweennurses and patients. Nurses facilitate the healing of when theydevelop and demonstrate caring behaviors patients. This theoryfurther pays attention to overall understanding of a meaningfultherapeutic relationship as well as authentic caring for allpatients. It incorporates clinical caritas process that play asignificant role in guiding nurses towards developing appropriatecaring behaviors. In most cases, caring is described in ten processesthat play a key role in the promotion of the patient’s wholeness,health, healing, as well as the process of growth. The ten processescan be viewed as nursing interventions that play an enormous role inthe description and expression of the relationship that exist betweencaring and love (Smith and Liehr, 2014). These processes promotion oftrustworthy and helpful relationships, practice of love towardsoneself and others, acceptance of both positive and negativefeelings, nurturing beliefs demonstrated by various individuals,helping other have faith and hope in what they do, facilitating thehealing process by attending to basic human needs, teaching andlearning that help individuals acquire their basic needs, remainingopen to the unknowns and mystery of existence, creation of healingenvironments that help people acquire spiritual, societal,, andphysical needs, as well as seeking solution to any conflicting issuethrough the help of scientific methods and other means (Smith et al.,2014).

Healthcare facilitators can utilize this theory in the provision of a moraland ethical support to address various practice problems in thedelivery of patient care and in the administration Smith et al (2014)acknowledges the significance of nursing to the delivery of properpatient care. There is limited research on how caring among nursesaffect patient satisfaction, the economics of the delivery care, andnurse retention despite the many resources spent in improvingthrough-put, optimizing staff hours, and managing the workflow ofnurses.

Itis significant that nurse leaders embrace and adopt the theory ofhuman caring in their practices in order to address nursing staffingin a number of ways. For instance, they can support staff nurses intheir effort to indulge in self-care activities. These leaders canfurther develop and implement policies that facilitate healthy workpractices, enough time for nurses to rest, and limit work hours. Thisis a clear indication that incorporation of Watson’s theory inhealth care practices can have an immense impact on the workingenvironment of nurses and impact their perception of patients’care.


Smith,M.J and Liehr, P.R. (2014). MiddleRange Theory for Nursing.New York: Springer Publishing Company

Watson,J. (2011). HumanCaring Science.Boston: Jones &amp Bartlett Publishers.

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