Monday, December 21, 2009

Jean Watson's Theory

Jean Watson Theory of Human Caring: Caritas Process Five
The following discussion of Caritas Process Five is from Jean Watson’s newest book: Nursing: The Philosophy and Science of Caring, 2008 edition, published by University of Colorado Press
Carative Factor 5: Promotion and Acceptance of the Expression of Positive and Negative Feelings has evolved into Caritas Process 5: Being Present to, and Supportive of, the Expression of Positive and Negative Feelings

This Caritas Process cannot be discussed without realizing how essential it is to the development of a trusting-caring-healing relationship. Acceptance of another’s feelings, when positive is easy. But, accept even the negative feelings, and a deep trust, an authentic relationship can develop. “When one is able to hold the tears or fears of another without being threatened or turning away, that is the act of healing and caring.” Although we think of positive emotions and negative emotions, there is no right or wrong to our feelings; they just are. Expression of strong emotions may be due to intellectual-emotional dissonance (incongruity or conflict). The Caritas Consciousness Nurse may be the only one to hear and see and accept the person behind the strong emotions that frequently accompany illness, encouraging the patient to release the feelings that were due to fear, anger, and confusion. It is precisely during this time that the nurse’s equanimity (evenness of mind, even under stress) may help them to regain control and stability. This deepens the authentic, caring relationship to enhance healing and become “healthogenic”.
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Kathleen Colloton said...

Jean Watson was a keynote speaker, along with Janet Quinn, at the recent American Holistic Nursing Association (AHNA) conference in Colorado Springs. Her model is so applicable to Oncology nursing. I highly recommend further study of Caritas and of this organization (AHNA)to all nurses for support and reinforcement of the concept of healing, which can happen whatever the outcome of treatment for a disease, and which absolutely can and often is delivered by nurses (Florence Nightingale was the first Holistic Nurse), but only if we are healthy and dealing with healing ourselves.

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