Nursing leader Jean Watson guest speaker at recent Fall Forum

TWU Nursing Dean Anita Hufft, Jean Watson and TWU Nursing Professor Joan Edwards

From left: TWU Nursing Dean Anita Hufft, Jean Watson and TWU Nursing Professor Joan Edwards during the university’s Nursing Fall Forum Oc. 2, 2015.

10/15/15

HOUSTON — Jean Watson, Ph.D., considered a global expert on the “Theory of Human Caring," recently spoke to more than 200 leaders from the Texas Medical Center and Texas Woman’s University during TWU’s annual Nursing Fall Forum, held at the TWU Institute of Health Sciences-Houston Center Oct. 2, 2015.

Watson, who is the founder and director of the Watson Caring Science Institute, gave a speech on “Human Caring Science: An Ethical, Scientific and Philosophical Foundation of Nursing and Health Care” at the event, which was sponsored by the TWU Nelda C. Stark College of Nursing and Beta Beta-Houston Chapter Sigma Theta Tau International.

“Having a speaker of the caliber of Jean Watson in our midst was truly a significant milestone for the TWU College of Nursing and our constituencies,” said Ainslie Nibert, Ph.D., associate dean of the TWU Nelda C. Stark College of Nursing in Houston.

In addition to Watson’s lecture, the Fall Forum also featured an essay contest and the announcement of the recipients of three research grants made available by the TWU chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International. The winners of the essay contest, who wrote on the topic “The practice of caring-healing in one’s personal/ professional life” are:

First place — Lourie Moore, director of nursing knowledge management at Harris Health System, and
Second place — Adina Schultz, with the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Nursing.
The recipients of the inaugural Lucile Petry Leone Research Grants were:

Colleen Brand, neonatal nurse practitioner at Texas Children's Hospital, who received $2,500 for her project “Comparison of Sites and Timing for Detection of Urea Plasma Colonization or Infection in Premature Infants;”
Sabrenda Littles, doctoral of nursing science candidate at TWU, who received $1,000 for her work on “PTSD and Its Impact on Life, An Intimate Partner’s Perspective;” and
Angeles Nava, a post doctoral research fellow in nursing at TWU, who received $500 for her project “Perception of Domestic Violence and Access to Resources Among Women Living in Communities in Lima, Peru.”
The event also was broadcast to the TWU Denton and Dallas campuses, so faculty from the entire TWU College of Nursing could experience the Fall Forum.

Each year, TWU’s Houston Center hosts the Nursing Fall Forum and brings a distinguished speaker to the Houston campus to promote and explore excellence, leadership and scholarship in nursing.

About Jean Watson
Jean Watson is a Distinguished Professor Emerita and Dean Emerita of the University of Colorado Denver, College of Nursing, where she held the Endowed Chair in Caring Science at the University of Colorado Denver and Health Sciences Center. She is the founder of the original Center for Human Caring in Colorado and an American Academy of Nursing Fellow. Watson also is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the National Fetzer Institute Norman Cousins Award, an International Kellogg Fellowship in Australia, a Fulbright Research and Lecture Award in Sweden, and six international honorary doctorate degrees.

Watson is the author of more than 100 publications in the area of Caring Science and of more than 12 books on the Science of Human Caring™, including the original, classic: Nursing. The Philosophy and Science of Caring (1979), which identifies the 10, core “Carative Factors” necessary for studying and implementing a model of Caring Science in practice, Dr. Watson’s newly revised edition will be released in May, 2008 by University Press of Colorado along with a meditation CD. This work has expanded to “Caritas Processes,” restoring the deep-spiritual dimensions of Love with caring-healing as the foundation for preparing a new level of practitioners in Caring Science/Caritas HealthCare.

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