WMU News

New approaches in caring explored in nursing presentation

March 8, 2000

KALAMAZOO -- An expert on the latest theories on caring and the art and science of nursing will share her expertise with the nursing community in a presentation Thursday, March 16, at Western Michigan University.

Dr. Jean Watson, a distinguished professor of nursing and former dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Colorado at Boulder, will speak on "Relationship Centered Caring within Postmodern Nursing" from 2 to 3 p.m. in the Fetzer Center's Kirsch Auditorium. Her appearance is presented by the WMU's Bronson School of Nursing and is free and open to the public. A reception will immediately follow from 3 to 4 p.m. in Room 1055.

Watson is the founder of the former Center for Human Caring at the University of Colorado, now named the International Center for Integrative Caring Practices. She currently serves as a scholar and advisor at the center and in 1998-99 assumed the nation's first endowed chair in caring sciences, based at the university.

She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and has served as president of the National League for Nursing. A widely published author, she is the recipient of several noted awards and honors, including an international Kellogg Fellowship in Australia, a Fulbright Research Award in Sweden and five honorary doctoral degrees, including Honorary International Doctor of Science awards from Goteborg University in Sweden and Luton University in London. The Fetzer Institute of Kalamazoo recently awarded her the Norman Cousins Award for her work on caring relationships as the moral, scientific and professional foundation of all patient care.

She has lectured at universities throughout the United States and many foreign countries, while her international nursing experiences have taken her around the globe several times.

As director of the Center for Human Caring, she established international affiliate relations with colleagues in the United Kingdom, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Scandinavia, Brazil, Thailand and Korea.

Her published works on the philosophy and theory of human caring and the art and science of nursing are used by clinical nurses and in academic programs throughout the world. Watson's caring philosophy is used to guide new models of caring and healing practices in diverse settings worldwide.

Watson has been featured in numerous videos on nursing theory and the art of nursing. She was given the 1993 National League for Nursing Martha E. Rogers Award, which recognizes nursing scholars who have made significant contributions to nursing knowledge and advanced the science of caring. Her latest book, "Postmodern Nursing and Beyond," reflects her most recent work on caring theory and nursing healing practices.

To reserve a seat for Watson's presentation, call the WMU Bronson School of Nursing at (616) 387-8150, send a fax to (616) 387-8170 or e-mail <nannette.morningstar@wmich.edu>.

Media contact: Mark Schwerin, 616 387-8400, mark.schwerin@wmich.edu

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