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Abstract Jean Watsons Theory of Human Caring represents a dramatic paradigm shift and as a result it has been a source of great controversy since its introduction The purpose of this paper is to discuss the comprehension of the theory the implications of caring and the application of the theory to practice in an attempt to show that the Theory of Human Caring is valuable to the nursing profession Sources include published literature including the work of Jean Watson Jean Watsons Theory of Human Caring Is It Valuable to the Profession of Nursing Jean Watsons Theory of Human Caring represents a dramatic paradigm shift and as a result it has been a source of great controversy since its introduction It is still a relatively new theory with the first publication in 1979 in Watsons book Nursing The Philosophy and Science of Caring Possibly due to its newness there is still much debate over the ease of comprehension of her work the implications of caring within her theory and whether her theory is applicable to nursing practice in todays world of advanced technology and budget cuts This paper will explore each of these issues regarding the theory and attempt to demonstrate that Watsons Theory of Human Caring definitely has a place in nursing practice today A Summary of Jean Watsons Theory of Human Caring Jean Watson views nursing as an art and a science which has the goal of preserving the worth of humankind through the process of caring Caring is seen as the essence of nursing and a moral ideal Caringhas to become a will an intention a commitment and a conscious judgment that manifests itself in concrete acts Human care as a moral ideal also transcends the act and goes beyond the specific act of an individual nurse and produces collective acts of the nursing profession that have important consequences for human civilization Watson 1988 p 32 Also Watson stresses the subjectivity of
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