Assessing and Measuring Caring in Nursing and Health Science: Second Edition / Edition 2

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As in the first edition, the author has done a magnificent job compiling these instruments and providing important information that the reader can use to evaluate their usefulness.
--Ora Lea Strickland, RN, PhD, FAAN (From the Foreword)

This book provides all the essential research tools for assessing and measuring caring for those in the caring professions. Watson's text is the only comprehensive and accessible collection of instruments for care measurement in clinical and educational nursing research. The measurements address quality of care, patient, client, and nurse perceptions of caring, and caring behaviors, abilities, and efficacy.

Newly updated, this edition also contains three new chapters, which document the most effective caring language and provide innovative methods of selecting appropriate tools for measurement based on validity and reliability.
Key features of new edition:

  • A chapter providing a comprehensive literature review of the research and measurement of caring
  • A chapter entitled Caring Factor Survey, which presents a new scale based on Watson's original theory of human caring
  • Chapters outlining instruments for care measurement, including Holistic Caring Inventory, Peer Group Caring Interaction Scale, and many more
  • New instruments focused on assessing caring at the administrative-relational caring level
  • An updated section dedicated to challenges and future directions of the measurement of caring
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826121967
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/23/2008
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 366
  • Sales rank: 1,528,790
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jean Watson, PhD, RN, HNC, FAAN, is Distinguished Professor of Nursing, former Dean of the School of Nursing, and sits in the nation's first endowed chair in Caring Science, all at the University of Colorado. She is founder of the Center for Human Caring and the Watson Science Caring Institute in Colorado, a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, past-president of the National League for Nursing, and acclaimed author of leading works in nursing education and Caritas (the philosophy, science and theory of caring). She lectures worldwide with upwards of 50 presentations yearly.

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Table of Contents

Foreword: Ora Strickland

Part I. Overview

1. Introduction: Measuring Caring

2. Caring and Nursing Science: Contemporary Discourse

3.Overview of Research and Measurement of Caring (John Nelson)

4. Background for Selection of Caring Instruments

Part II. Compilation and Summary Data of Each Instrument for Measuring Caring

5. Care-Q and Care/SAT (Larson and Larson & Ferketick; Swedish version by Von Essen)

6. Caring Behaviors Inventory (Wolf)

7. Caring Behaviors Assessment Tool (Cronin & Harrison)

8. Caring Behaviors of Nurses Scale (Hinds)

9. Professional Caring Behaviors (Horner)

10. Nyberg Caring Assessment (Attributes) Scale (Nyberg)

11. Caring Ability Inventory (Nkongho)

12. Caring Behavior Checklist and Client Perception of Caring (McDaniel)

13. Caring Assessment Tools (new versions) (Duffy)

14. Peer Group Caring Interaction Scale and Organizational Climate for Caring Questionnaire (Hughes)

15. Caring Efficacy Scale (Coates)

16. Holistic Caring Inventory (Latham)

17. Caring Dimensions Inventory (Watson & Lea)

18. Caring Attributes Professional Self-concept Technological Influence (Arthur Hong Kong)

19. Caring Professional Scale (Swanson)

20. Methodist Health Care System Nurse Caring Instrument (Shepherd & Sherwood

21. New Caring Scale Instrument by Jane Sumner La State University

22. Caring Factor Survey - (Nelson, Watson, and InovaHealth)

23. Family Caring Inventory - (Anne Marie Goff)

24. Quinn et al Nurse-Patient Relationship Questionnaire (Healing Relationships)

25. 2-3 new instruments under research

Part III: Challenges and Future Directions

26. The evolution of Measuring Caring: Toward Construct Validity (Carolie Coates)

27. J Nelson: CFS as paradigm case. National data base update on selected instruments (Nelson, Watson, Inova)

28. Computerized Documentation of Caring Language

29. Postscript: Free thoughts on Caring Theories and Measuring Caring


Appendix: Master Matrix: Blueprint for all instruments for measuring caring


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