Caring Science, Mindful Practice

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Caring Science, Mindful Practice

SKU# 9780826171535

Implementing Watson's Human Caring Theory

Author: Kathleen Sitzman PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, Jean Watson PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN


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Caring Science, Mindful Practice offers unique and practical project examples that nurses will consider for their practice or educational settings. With its integration of Watson's caring science and mindfulness principles, Sitzman and Watson have extended knowledge of Watson's caring science and caritas processes through integrating Thich Nhat Hahn's mindfulness perspective and practices. The book offers rich examples of nursing projects that may broaden nursing care for greater patient and student satisfaction and assist nurses with holistic self-care." -- Gale Robinson-Smith, PhD, RN is Associate Professor, College of Nursing, Villanova University, International Journal for Human Caring

This book provides wonderful tools for nurses to use in practice, education, or even for self-care. Designed for any nurse, new or experienced, who wishes to learn more about applying Jean Watson's Human Caring Theory to practice, it supplies the meaning behind the importance of having a practice based on mindfulness....[It] is a practical, easy-to-read book for all nursing audiences and could be used at any educational level."--Doody's Medical Reviews

"Sitzman and Watsons' book is an invaluable resourceÖ The strength of this book is its simplicity on one level yet its complexity as the reader works throughout the layers incorporated within the book."--Nursing Times

This is the first text to help students and practicing nurses translate and integrate the philosophy and abstracts of Caring theory into everyday practice. It was developed for use as the primary text for an online caring theory course that will be offered through the Watson Caring Science Institute in October 2013.

Through case examples and guiding activities, the book helps students and practitioners to more fully comprehend the meaning and use of each Caritas Process. It draws upon the contemplative and mindfulness teaching of Thich Nhat Hahn, a renowned Buddhist monk, poet, author, teacher, and peace activist. Each of the ten Caritas Processes are clearly presented by the author and accompanied by guided mindfulness and artistic practices to support learning and absorption of the method. These artistic practices include the use of images, art, metaphors, and expressive symbols that are designed to promote meaningful introspection and self-awarenessóthe underpinnings of genuine Caritas practice. The book reflects several years of teaching by the author, who has been invited by several large health care institutions (including Kaiser-Permanente) to provide training based on her materials.

Key Features:

  • Helps students and practitioners to integrate the philosophy and abstracts of Caring theory into clinical practice
  • Offers case studies and guided activities to reinforce content
  • Draws upon the contemplative and mindfulness teachings of Thich Nhat Hahn
  • Includes concrete guided mindfulness and artistic practices for each of the ten Caritas Processes
  • Designed for a wide audience including undergraduate, graduate and international nursing students

Product Details 

  • Publication Date July 30, 2013
  • Page Count 168
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826171535
  • EISBN 9780826171542

About The Author(s) 

Kathleen Sitzman, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN, is a professor of undergraduate nursing science, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina. Previously, she was director of the Bachelor of Integrated Studies Program, Weber State University, Ogden, Utah, and a member of the faculty of the School of Nursing. Dr. Sitzman has been a nurse since 1983 and has produced scholarly work contributing to the body of knowledge of the nursing profession on the international, national, state, and community levels. She has been principal investigator or co-principal investigator on 10 research projects, several of which focused on nursing students' perceptions of caring online. She has received numerous awards for her scholarship, mentorship, and teaching, including the Jean Watson Award for outstanding scholarship in Caring Science from the International Association for Human Caring (2007-2008). Dr. Sitzman has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and has coauthored three textbooks: Understanding the Work of Nurse Theorists: A Creative Beginning, Second Edition (2011), A History of American Nursing: Trends and Eras (2010), and Caring Science, Mindful Practice: Implementing Watson's Human Caring Theory (2014, Springer Publishing Company).

Online Supplements 

Dr. Kathleen Sitzman, PhD, RN, CNE will be teaching a free online course.

Caring Science, Mindful Practice
Course Dates: This course is offered twice a year during the months of January and May. Please go to to register. Registration opens 4 months before the course begins
Cost: Free (Register online at CANVAS.NET)

Course Summary
This course provides tools for caring professionals to enhance professional caring practices in everyday work environments. Learners will be introduced to Watson’s Caring Science. Exploration and learning related to key concepts will be supported through the introduction of mindfulness practice, reflective narrative, and contemplative art. Asynchronous discussion, moderated by a team of educators knowledgeable in Caring Science, will provide a forum for ongoing interaction and discovery among participants during each 8-week class session. Certificates of completion will be earned by participants who complete all of the course learning modules.

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Video Series
Watch the video series with Dr. Kathleen Sitzman, PhD, RN, CNE, sponsored by Weber State University, East Carolina University and the Watson Caring Science Institute.

Caring Science, Mindful Practice: Introduction

Caring Science, Mindful Practice: Openness

Caring Science, Mindful Practice: Presence

Caring Science, Mindful Practice: Awareness

Caring Science, Mindful Practice: Receptivity

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Table of Contents 


Author’s Note


Note From Contributing Nurse Artist

Section I: Introduction to the Caritas and Enhancing Use Through Mindfulness

1. Use of Mindfulness to Cultivate Understanding of Watson’s Theory of Caring

2. Overview of Watson’s Theory

3. Thich Nhat Hanh’s Five Mindfulness Trainings

4. Entering the Stream: Understanding and Living Out Jean Watson’s Work

Section II: The 10 Caritas

5. The First Caritas Process: Embrace Altruistic Values and Practice Loving Kindness With Self and Others

6. The Second Caritas Process: Instill Faith and Hope, and Honor Others

7. The Third Caritas Process: Be Sensitive to Self and Others by Nurturing Individual Beliefs and Practices

8. The Fourth Caritas Process: Develop Helping–Trusting–Caring Relationships

9. The Fifth Caritas Process: Promote and Accept Positive and Negative Feelings as You Authentically Listen to Another’s Story

10. The Sixth Caritas Process: Use Creative Scientific Problem-Solving Methods for Caring Decision Making

11. The Seventh Caritas Process: Share Teaching and Learning That Addresses Individual Needs and Comprehension Styles

12. The Eighth Caritas Process: Create a Healing Environment for the Physical and Spiritual Self That Respects Human Dignity

13. The Ninth Caritas Process: Assist with Basic Physical, Emotional, and Spiritual Human Needs

14. The Tenth Caritas Process: Open to Mystery and Allow Miracles to Enter

15. Conclusions and Suggestions for Deepening Study