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Nursing : the philosophy and science of caring / Jean Watson; foreword Madeleine Leininger

Main Author Watson, Jean, 1940- Secondary Author Leininger, Madeleine M. Country Estados Unidos. Publication Colorado : University Press of Colorado, cop. 1985 Description XIX, 321 p. : il. ; 22 cm ISBN 0-87081-154-1 CDU 616-083
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In the evolution of the nursing profession, the phrases nursing care, therapeutic care, caring for others, and related expressions are used by nurses to describe their professional service to others. Members of our society have different thoughts and role expectations about these phrases in relation to the kind of care they receive from nurses. Furthermore, these expressions hold different meanings for nurses in their various care-giving roles, such as to individual clients, families, and community groups they serve. Care-giving and care-receiving roles of nurses have different sets of expectations and behaviors. It is well, there, that members of the nursing profession begin systematically to clarify the diverse functions and cultural values related to the concepts of care, caring, and nursing care.

The concept of care is probably one of the least understood ideas used by professional and nonprofessional people, yet it is probably one of the most important concepts to be understood by human groups. It is a word with multiple social usages in the American culture, and has other meanings in other world cultures. The terms care, caring, and nursing care have both symbolic and functional meanings as they are used by caregivers and care-recipients. Nursing care also has a general, special meaning to nurses, and is often taken for granted in nurses' thoughts and action patterns. It is time that we study the implicit and explicit meanings associated with the concepts of care and caring so that we can reduce their ambiguities. Furthermore, the humanistic, scientific, and linguistic meanings related to nursing care and caring behaviors in any culture remain a most fascinating area of study for nurses.

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This revision of the original 1979 work by Watson (Univ. of Colorado, Denver) provides an updated view of the author's theory of nursing. Known for her focus on caring as the foundation of nursing, Watson here expands and enhances her thoughts on the concept. Although referring to her own subsequent writing on caring, the author emphasizes that this is the first revision of the original theory. Throughout she addresses the core essentials of the original text while updating this volume with new content. Watson's enhanced view of the caring nursing theory combines, in her words, "modern science as well as ... ancient wisdom traditions." The tradition of the caring science of nursing is captured in a thorough exploration of Caritas nursing. In six sections, Watson reviews and revises all components of the theory and includes examples of qualitative research studies in caring scholarship and clinical practice. An extensive bibliography and a compact disc with meditation exercises complete this new edition. Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-level undergraduates through professionals/practitioners. M. P. Tarbox Mount Mercy College

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A fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and a past president of the National League for Nursing, Dr. Jean Watson is Distinguished Professor of Nursing and holds an endowed Chair in Caring Science at the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center. She also founded the original Center for Human Caring. Watson is a widely published author and has received many awards, including six honorary doctoral degrees. Her theory of human caring and model of caring science are used around the world.

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