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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Vicki Ann Moss, DNSc, MS, BSN, RN (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: In her book, Dr. Watson further clarifies the relationship and balance of caring and science as they pertain to nursing and the nursing profession.
Purpose: The purpose is to clarify the author's perspective on nursing as a caring-healing mature discipline and to stimulate interest in additional theory development of caring science.
Audience: The primary audience is nursing graduate students, but the author believes faculty and upper level baccalaureate students and professional nurses struggling with everyday human caring could benefit from this book.
Features: The 11 chapters cover topics such as nursing as a human caring science, nursing and metaphysics, and a structural overview of the author's theory of human care. Each chapter begins with a pertinent saying and ends with references and an extensive bibliography. This edition has a new chapter with examples of practice models and the latest research on assessing and measuring caring.
Assessment: As always, Dr. Watson uses a very philosophical approach when discussing her theory of caring in relation to nursing. It is a slow read because there are so many statements and ideas for readers to digest and reflect on. However, she clearly delineates the essence of caring and its place in the nursing profession.