Jean Watson Nursing Theory

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Many nursing theories have progressed over time. Nursing theories provide us with a frame of reference, the capability to select concepts to study, and the philosophies that are within one’s practice (Cherry & Jacob, 2014, p. 77). Nursing theories are important because they provide nursing principles and it contributes to nursing knowledge to guide health care practices and research. The purpose of this paper is to choose a nursing theory or theorist and explain why it was chosen. The nursing theory that was chosen and will be discussed is the Philosophy and Science of Caring by Jean Watson. The focus of this theory will be discussed throughout this paper. The theory of caring focuses on the human being, their health, the environment, and the…show more content…
322). After Watson expanded the theory, she later continued to redevelop her ideas through her various publications. The reason Philosophy and Science of Caring was chosen over many other theories is because it addresses patient care and how nurses take care of their patients. I believe that by understanding how to care for others the health care system would be much more improved. Jean Watson’s theory shows a connection between the patient and the nurse and not just making the patient another number, yet bringing them closer to actually providing the patient with the best care possible. Caring for patients promotes growth within the patient and also caregiver; having a caring environment accepts a person as he or she is, and it looks to what he or she may become in the future (Woodward, 2015, p. 324). Caring for patients is the central part of what nursing care is. Caring promotes the notion that every human being strives for closeness with other human beings and with nature around them (Cherry & Jacob, 2014, p. 84). Jean Watson believes that taking…show more content…
I believe that it is very beneficial in my future nursing career to have this knowledge of caring for patients. I believe that Watson’s theory of caring is a way to encourage a more active role with the patient by allowing the patient to be a part of the decision process. By taking Watson’s approach, if implemented it would improve the nurse and patient relationship. Nurses should understand that they play an important role in encouraging the patient and together they can make a shared decision providing the patient with a better outcome. According to Watson, the patient is the focus of practice rather than the technology (Woodward, 2015, p.
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