Assessing and Measuring Caring in Nursing and Health Science

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Dr. Watson and her colleagues have gathered all the available measurement instruments on caring in nursing in this book, along with discussion of their origins, development, and use. Nurse clinicians, educators, researchers, and managers will find this a valuable resource.

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This book is a compendium of 16 instruments for measuring caring in the nursing profession, offering information, when available, on each instrument's questionnaire development procedures, theoretical underpinnings, reliability and validity, and sources. There is also discussion of the measurement of caring, the selection of these 16 instruments, and the evolution of the measurement of caring. The book will be useful to clinicians, academics, researchers, and nursing care managers. Watson teaches nursing at the University of Colorado. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826123138
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/8/2001
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.88 (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

  1. Foreword, O. Strickland
    Part I: Overview
  2. Introduction
  3. Caring and Nursing Science: Contemporary Discourse
  4. Background for Selection of Caring Instruments, J. Watson and J. Zuk

  5. Part II: Summary of Each Instrument for Measuring Caring
  6. Care Q and CARE/SAT
  7. Caring Behavior Inventory
  8. Caring Behavior Assessment
  9. Caring Behavior of Nurses Scale
  10. Professional Caring Behavior
  11. Nyberg Caring Attributes Scale
  12. Caring Ability Inventory
  13. Client Perception of Caring Scale
  14. Caring Assessment Tools
  15. Peer Group Caring Interaction Scale & Organizational Caring Climate Questionnaire
  16. Caring Efficacy Scale
  17. Holistic Caring Inventory
  18. Caring Dimension Inventory
  19. Caring Attributes Professional Self-Concept Technological Influence
  20. Caring Professional Scale
  21. Methodist Health Care System Nurse Caring Instrument

  22. Part III: Challenges and Future Directions
    The Evolution of Measuring Caring: Moving Toward Construct Validity, C. Coates
  23. Postscript -- Free Thoughts on Caring Theories and Instruments for Measuring Caring, J. Watson

  24. References
    Appendix: Master Matrix Blueprint for All Instruments for Measuring Caring
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