GREENWICH, Conn. -- World-renowned nursing theorist Jean Watson focused on the art and science of caring in nursing when she recently presented “Caring from the Heart” at Greenwich Hospital to nurses and other health care professionals.
Founder and director of the Watson Caring Science Institute, Watson developed the “Theory of Human Caring,” which outlines 10 ways to enhance the caring environment of nursing.
Clinical nurses and academic programs around the world use her published works on the philosophy and theory of human caring.
“Our nursing profession is guided by a deep belief system where we honor the unity of the whole person – the mind, body and spirit,” Watson told an audience of more than 150 nurses and other health care professionals from the Yale New Haven Health System, which includes Greenwich, Bridgeport and Yale-New Haven hospitals.
Watson’s lecture at Greenwich Hospital was streamed live to both Bridgeport and Yale-New Haven hospitals.
“It is about how we connect with the patient and how they connect with us by forming a trusting relationship and caring environment where healing takes place,” Watson said. “The theory gives a language to the phenomena of human caring where the nurse takes time to be present in the moment, which promotes healing.”
Priscilla Sterne, director of nursing programs/magnet at Greenwich Hospital, said "Dr. Watson’s theory of human caring guides our nursing practice of patient and family-centered care at Yale New Haven Health System and is the foundation of the professional practice model created by YNHHS nurses."
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