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This is the first text to help students and practicing nurses translate and integrate the philosophy and abstracts of Caring theory into everyday practice. It was developed for use as the primary text for an online caring theory course that will be offered through the Watson Caring Science Institute in October 2013.
Through case examples and guiding activities, the book helps students and practitioners to more fully comprehend the meaning and use of each Caritas Process. It draws upon the contemplative and mindfulness teaching of Thich Nhat Hahn, a renowned Buddhist monk, poet, author, teacher, and peace activist. Each of the ten Caritas Processes are clearly presented by the author and accompanied by guided mindfulness and artistic practices to support learning and absorption of the method. These artistic practices include the use of images, art, metaphors, and expressive symbols that are designed to promote meaningful introspection and self-awareness-the underpinnings of genuine Caritas practice. The book reflects several years of teaching by the author, who has been invited by several large health care institutions (including Kaiser-Permanente) to provide training based on her materials. Key Features:
Helps students and practitioners to integrate the philosophy and abstracts of Caring theory into clinical practice Offers case studies and guided activities to reinforce content Draws upon the contemplative and mindfulness teachings of Thich Nhat Hahn Includes concrete guided mindfulness and artistic practices for each of the ten Caritas Processes Designed for a wide audience including undergraduate, graduate and international nursing students
Kathleen Sitzman, PhD, RN, CNE, is Professor and Associate Dean, Undergraduate Nursing Science, at Eastern Carolina University (NC), USA. Dr. Sitzman has been a nurse since 1983 and has used her extensive experience to produce scholarly work that contributes to the nursing profession and body of knowledge on international, national, state, community, and local levels. She has been Co-PI or PI on ten research projects, several of which focused on nursing students' perception of caring online. She has received numerous awards for her scholarship, mentorship, and teaching, including the Jean Watson Award for outstanding scholarship in caring science from the International Association for Human Caring (2007-2008). Dr. Sitzman has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and has co-authored two textbooks: Understanding the Work of Nurse Theorists: A Creative Beginning (2nd Edition (2011) and Nursing history: Trends and Eras (2010). Jean Watson, PhD, RN, HNC, FAAN, is Distinguished Professor Emerita and Dean Emerita of the School of Nursing at the University of Colorado, USA. She is founder of the Center for Human Caring in Colorado, a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, and past-president of the National League for Nursing. She is a widely published author and recipient of several awards and honours, including an international Kellogg Fellowship in Australia, a Fulbright Research Award in Sweden, and five honorary doctoral degrees, including Honorary International Doctor of Science awards from Goteborg University in Sweden and from Luton University, UK. Clinical nurses and academic programmes throughout the world use her published works on the philosophy and theory of human caring and the art and science of caring in nursing. Dr. Watson's caring philosophy is used to guide new models of caring and healing practices in diverse settings worldwide. At University of Colorado, Dr. Watson holds the title of Distinguished Professor of Nursing, the highest honour accorded its faculty for scholarly work. In 1998-99 she assumed that nation's first endowed chair in Caring Science, based at the University of Colorado.