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Distinguished Roy & Fay Whitney Lecturer Presentation, The

Watson, Jean
"Caring Science: Disciplinary Foundation for Nursing" Jean Watson is Distinguished Professor & Dean Emerita from the University of Colorado Denver, College of Nursing, Anschutz Medical Center, where she held the nation's first endowed Chair in Caring Science for 16 years. She is founder of the Center for Human Caring in Colorado and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She served as president of the National League for Nursing and was a founding member of the International Association in Human Caring and International Caritas Consortium. She is also founder and director of the non-profit foundation, Watson Caring Science Institute. Dr. Watson earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing and psychiatric-mental health nursing and holds her PhD in educational psychology and counseling. Watson is a widely-published author and recipient of such awards and honors as: The Fetzer Institute Norman Cousins Award; international Kellogg Fellowship, Australia; Fulbright Research Award, Sweden. She holds ten Honorary Doctoral degrees, including eight International Honorary Doctorates).Clinical nurses and academic programs throughout the world use Watson's published works on the philosophy and theory of human caring and the art and science of caring in nursing. Her caring philosophy is used to guide transformative models of caring and healing practices for hospitals, nurses and patients alike, in diverse settings worldwide. At the University of Colorado, Dr. Watson held the title of Distinguished Professor of Nursing. In 1999 she assumed the Murchinson-Scoville Chair in Caring Science, the nation's first endowed chair in Caring Science, based at the University of Colorado Denver & Anschutz Medical Center. Dr. Watson is an author/co-author of over 20 books on caring. Her books have been AJN books of the year awards and seek to bridge paradigms as well as point toward transformative models for this 21st century. In October, 2013 Dr. Watson was inducted as a Living Legend by the American Academy of Nursing, its highest honor.
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