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Measuring Caring: International Research on Caritas as Healing

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Jean Watson's Theory of Human Caring (Caritas) is now used in approximately 300 health care institutions in the United States and other institutions worldwide. This is the first international compendium of Caritas research, presenting the findings of 41 studies from 7 countries. The book examines similarities and differences in the ways in which each country applies Watson's Theory and documents the outcomes of these interventions. It addresses relationships between nurses and patients, nurses and their ...

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Overview

Jean Watson's Theory of Human Caring (Caritas) is now used in approximately 300 health care institutions in the United States and other institutions worldwide. This is the first international compendium of Caritas research, presenting the findings of 41 studies from 7 countries. The book examines similarities and differences in the ways in which each country applies Watson's Theory and documents the outcomes of these interventions. It addresses relationships between nurses and patients, nurses and their colleagues, self-care, and how Caritas is used to resolve outcome issues system-wide.

The book discusses at length eight different Caring Factor surveys, primary research tools for those using the Caritas process, which identify constructs that either support or impede caring in multiple settings. The first section focuses on the theoretical underpinnings of Caritas and presents seven adaptations of the Caring Factor Survey. Section II addresses measurements and methods for facilitating a caring relationship between nurse and patient. Measurements and interventions to facilitate Caritas in a variety of settings is the focus of Section III, and the final sections address the international measurement and international comparisons of Caritas. The volume will be an important resource for nurse leaders, educators, administrators in academia including unit managers, and for hospitals with or seeking Magnet status. The book serves as a complement to Watson's Assessing and Measuring Caring in Nursing and Health Care and Creating a Caring Science Curriculum: An Emancipatory Pedagogy for Nursing.

A co-publication with the Watson Caring Institute, this volume:



• Presents cutting-edge tools derived from the Caring Factor Survey for measuring caring in multiple contexts
• Discusses similarities and differences in caring contexts across nations
• Documents outcomes of Caritas in varied settings in the United States and internationally
• Addresses nurse-patient and nurse-colleague relationships, self-care, and resolution of system-wide outcome issues

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826163516
  • Publisher: Springer Publishing Company, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/24/2011
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 450
  • Sales rank: 901,121
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (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.

John Nelson, RN, MS, PhDc, University of Minnesota, is President for Healthcare Environment, Inc., an international data management/ consultation company. His experience includes 14 years of clinical (med/surg and coronary care, Abbott-Northwestern Hospital) and 10 years of data management and consultation for healthcare organizations. He has published in Watson's Assessing and Measuring Caring in Nursing and Health Sciences (Springer), in peer reviewed nursing journals and presented at 20+ conferences nationwide He is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, AONE, and American College of Health Executives.

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Table of Contents

Contributors

Foreword by Daniel J. Pesut

Preface

Acknowledgments

SECTION I: THEORETICAL BACKGROUND OF CARITAS



1. Concepts of Caring as Construct of Caritas Hierarchy in Nursing Knowledge: Conceptual-Theoretical-Empirical (CTE)

2. Caring Science as Metaparadigm

3. The Caritas Process of Hope as a Midrange Theory

4. Caring Factor Survey and Adaptations


SECTION II: MEASUREMENT AND METHODS
FOR CONNECTING NURSE TO PATIENT


5. Measuring Caring in Primary Nursing

6. Patient and Nurse Perception of the Individual Caring Relationship

7. Profile of a Nurse Effective in Caring

8. Making the "Quantum Leap": Biochemical Markers of Human
Caring Science


SECTION III: MEASUREMENT AND INTERVENTIONS
TO FACILITATE CARITAS


9. Measurement of Caring in a Relationship-Based Care Model of Nursing

10. Integrating Human Caring Science Into a Professional Nursing Practice Model
11. Impact of Intentional Caring Behaviors on Nurses' Perceptions of Caring in the Workplace, Nurses' Intent to Stay, and Patients' Perceptions of Being Cared For

12. Caring at the Core: Maximizing the Likelihood That a Caring Moment Will Occur

13. "Partners in Care": Patient and Staff Responses to a New Model of Care Delivery

14. The Caring Moment and Participative Action Research (PAR) in Outcomes Management

15. Therapeutic Music Pilot in the Context of Human Caring Theory

16. CaritasHeartMathTM in the Emergency Department Setting: The Impact of Self-Care on Practitioners


SECTION IV: INTERNATIONAL MEASUREMENT OF CARITAS:
EXEMPLARS FROM THE FIELD


17. First Measurement of Caritas in Italy

18. Utilization of the Clinical Caritas Process in a Selected Tertiary Hospital in the Philippines

19. Reflection as a Process to Understand Caring Behaviors During Implementation of Relationship-Based Care in a Community Health Service in England

20. A Chinese Cultural Perspective of Nursing Care in Macao, China


SECTION V: INTERNATIONAL COMPARISON OF CARITAS


21. Comparison of Caritas in Health Care Facilities in Macao,
China, the Philippines, and the United States as Perceived by Patients

22. Nurses' Caring for Self, a Four Country Descriptive Study
(England, Israel, New Zealand, and the United States)


APPENDICES: EXEMPLARS OF CARITAS FROM SPECIFIC POPULATIONS



A. The Holistic Perspective of Nursing: The Caring Factor Survey in a Hospice in Italy

B. Caring Behaviors of Community Health Nurses in a Barangay Health Center in Makati City, the Philippines

C. Extent of Utilization of the Clinical Caritas Process as Perceived by Nurses in the Philippines

D. The Presence of Caring Among Long-Term Care Nurses in the United States

E. Caring Attitudes of Nurses From the United States Toward Medical-Surgical Patients Who Have a Diagnosis of Drug Addition

F. Caring for Patients With Breast Cancer in the Philippines

G. A U.S. Study of Nurses' Self-Care and Compassion Fatigue Using Watson's Concepts of Caritas

H. Caring in the Context of Curing: What are Patients' Perceptions of Nurse Caring When Receiving ECT in the PACU?


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