Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

Caring Science as Sacred Science

Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

Caring Science as Sacred Science

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Caring Science as Sacred Science by Jean Watson, PhD, RN, HNC, FAAN; Philadelphia: F.A. Davis, 2004; 242 pages, $36.95

Jean Watson, a professor at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center School of Nursing in Denver, holds the only endowed chair in caring science in the United States. For this reason, Watson explains, she felt obligated to explore the development of nursing as a caring science. For the past three decades, the discipline of nursing has been critiquing and revising the knowledge, assumptions, philosophies, theories, and ethics of caring practice. Much of this scholarly, reflective activity has taken place outside the mainstream of medical science. In some cases, Watson adds, it has taken place outside the mainstream of nursing science as well.

Although the terms caring and science seem incompatible, there is increasing appreciation that science, morality, metaphysics, art, and spirituality co-mingle. Thus, it is on this stage that Watson advances the development of her theory. In her preface, she explains that her intent is to explore, reveal, and mirror back a model of science that honors the deepest human experiences and moral longings. Her work, she points out, is unfinished and still in progress.

The book begins with an overview of the original 10 curative factors from Watson's 1979 work and her 1985 Nursing: The Philosophy and Science of Caring. …

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