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Module 4 Resources


Nursing: The Philosophy and Science of Caring, Revised Edition by Jean Watson: Jean Watson's first edition of Nursing, now considered a classic, introduced the science of human caring and quickly became one of the most widely used and respected sources of conceptual models for nursing. A core concept for nurses and the professional and non-professional people they interact with, "care" is one of the field's least understood terms, enshrouded in conflicting expectations and meanings. Although its usages vary among cultures, caring is universal and timeless at the human level, transcending societies, religions, belief systems, and geographic boundaries, moving from self to other to community and beyond, affecting all of life.

Measuring Caring: International Research on Caritas as Healing by John Nelson RN, MS, PhDc and Jean Watson PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN: 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.

The Caritas Path to Peace: A Guidebook for Creating World Peace with Caring, Love, and Compassion by Michael Samuels, Jean Watson and Mary Rockwood Lane: It serves as a Waymarker on the path toward human caring and peace on earth. It is an inspired work which ushers in the collective evolution of humankind, toward a new consciousness, which unites and transcends time and space and previous ways of thinking about our life and relationship with our self, each other and Mother Earth. It heightens our awakening of the great change needed at this hour for sustaining humanity at this very point in human history. With exercises, guided imagery, guidelines, and assignments, you can walk your own path to peace, beginning with yourself and moving on to the relationships in your life. Using the tools of Caritas, we will remake our lives and we construct a new reality.

Kitchen Table Wisdom by Rachel Naomi Remen: Praised by everyone from Bernie Siegel to Daniel Goleman to Larry Dossey, Rachel Remen has a unique perspective on healing rooted in her background as a physician, a professor of medicine, a therapist, and a long-term survivor of chronic illness. In a deeply moving and down-to-earth collection of true stories, this prominent physician shows us life in all its power and mystery and reminds us that the things we cannot measure may be the things that ultimately sustain and enrich our lives.

Reflective Practice: Transforming Education and Improving Outcomes by Gwen D. Sherwood, Ph.D., R.N., and Sara Horton-Duetsch, Ph.D., R.N.: To learn from the events in our lives we must reflect on the situation, understand it and learn from it. In this new book Gwen Sherwood and Sara Horton-Deutsch focus on reflection in the learning process. The book explores how reflection provides a process for asking critical questions that can lead to improvements in quality and safety. It expands on current pedagogies with a learner centered focus. Exercises included in the book are adaptable to most work settings and will help guide both interactive group work as well as individual reflection that may be shared with a coach or mentor.


Jean Watson’s (Nursing Theorist) website

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