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Jean Watson's Nursing Theory
An analysis of Jean Watson's theory of human caring.
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This paper analyzes Jean Watson's nursing theory of human caring. The paper explains that this theory is based on a phenomenological and transpersonal approach to the understanding of the interconnectedness of human relationships and other elements in the promotion of caring and healing. The paper then points out that one of the most important aspects of Watson's theory is that it is a method and a philosophy that transcends the dualistic subject-object division between patient and healer that has been the hallmark of conventional allopathic medicine and healthcare. The paper also looks at how this approach takes into account various aspects of the healing process, which can include ontological, philosophical, ethical, and historical aspects. The paper explains that the revolutionary aspect of this theory lies in its underlying theoretical dimension; namely the concept of being-in-relation. This concept addresses a gap in modern medical theory in thatit insists on the reciprocal and mutual interaction between the healer or nurse and the patient. The writer believes that it is through the connectivity of this process that the true in-depth value of this theory reveals itself.

Theoretical Origins
Curative Factors
The Application of Curative Factors

From the Paper:

"In summary, Watson's theory is a new paradigm in healing and health care. The main point of her theory is that it attempt to address what she sees as an increasingly technological emphasis in modern medicine and nursing which uses medical and surgical mean to cure ailment and disease to the exclusion of the myriad of other tools and methods that are an essential part of the healing process. Watson poses an alternative and contrasting view which focuses on "...conscious compassionate skills that help patients achieve a healthy state of mind, body, and spirit" (Norred C. 2000). The therapeutic interpersonal relationship between the nurse and patient is the focus of emphasis."

Sample of Sources Used:

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