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Jean Watson and the Modern Nurse
A discussion on the role of the nurse, based on Jean Watson's "Theory of Human Caring".
# 152329 | 7,100 words | 5 sources | APA | 2013 | US
Published on Jan 28, 2013 in Medical and Health (Nursing)

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This paper discusses Jean Watson's theory of nursing and explains how Watson views nursing as an art and a science, which has the goal of preserving the worth of humankind through the process of caring. The paper discusses Watson's belief that all the knowledge in the world must be tempered with trust, creative problem solving, and acting not only as the patient's advocate, but as their coach, guiding them in a supportive and protective, knowledge based, environment. The paper asserts that this universal theory is both intellectually and emotionally attractive, and seems to embody the very principles of health care.

From the Paper:

"Modern nursing is a rewarding, but challenging, career choice. The modern nurse's role is not limited only to assist the doctor in procedures, however. Instead, the contemporary nursing professional takes on a partnership role with both the doctor and patient functioning as an instructor, individual counselor, caregiver, medical researcher, emotional and psychological counselor, and personal case manager. As an amalgamation of these roles, a nurse must assist the client in all physical, mental, and psychological roles that advocate proper medical care and maintain the dignity of the client. In the contemporary world, it is important to note that a more holistic approach is preferable, seeing the patient as more than their disease, and advocating for that patient's proper care and assistance when they are unable. This role has become even more complex as technology evolves in conjunction with the fiscal issues we all face.
"Striving to achieve excellence in nursing is certainly an important step one's career. It seems that often we medical professionals get tied up in the short-term due to the very nature of our careers, and forget that in the tome of nursing theories there is a simple paradigm articulated 30 years ago that really epitomizes everything a modern nurse should pursue towards excellence. In Jean Watson's Theory of Human Caring, the approach is simple and basic - patient advocacy and care, combined with knowledge and skill."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Kozier, B., Erb, G. & Blais, K. (1997), Professional nursing practice (3rd edition), Addison-Wesley.
  • Watson, J. (1988). Nursing: Human Science and Human Care. National League forNursing.
  • Watson, J. (1997). "The theory of human caring: Retrospective and prospective."Nursing Science Quarterly, 10(1), 49-52. Cited in:
  • Watson, Jean. (2008). Nursing: The Philosophy and Science of Caring. Revised Edition, University Press of Colorado.

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