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Global Advances in Human Caring Literacy

SKU# 9780826192127


  • Susan Lee PhD, RN, CNP
  • Patrick Palmieri DHSc, EdS, MBA, MSN, RN, FACHE, FISQua, FAAN
  • Jean Watson PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN
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This narrative-based work is the first to describe Human Caring Literacy from the perspective of caring scientists who "live the life" by incorporating the precepts of human caring into every aspect of their personal and professional lives. It demonstrates, for nursing students and experienced nurses in a variety of roles, the abundant ways in which Caring Science Theory powerfully informs the lives of frontline clinicians, nursing deans and faculty, APRNs, and administrators in the United States and globally.

The book goes beyond theory to illustrate how Caring Science is used every day in a variety of arenas and scenarios, ranging from the advancement of the discipline of nursing in South America to peacemaking in the Middle East. It describes the methods that help practitioners develop mindfulness, reflection, authentic presence, intentionality, and a caring consciousness in the service of providing authentic, heart-centered care for patients, their families, and societies. Designed to cultivate loving-kindness behaviors in all settings, including among nurses themselves, these narratives provide welcome alternatives to current ways of being, both professional and personal.

Provides Examples of Caring Science Theory as a Guide to:

  • Advancing professional nursing practice in South America
  • Transcending politics and conflict in the Middle East
  • Evolving global caring consciousness through online education
  • Developing nursing leaders who are heart-centered and intentional
  • Exploring relationships between caring and Ubuntu in South Africa
  • Teaching through simulation to promote humanistic practice

Key Features:

  • Provides real examples of living the theory
  • Demonstrates the use of Caring Science in leadership, practice, research, the healing arts, education, and praxis
  • Illustrates practices that develop mindfulness, reflection, authentic presence, intentionality, and a caring consciousness
  • Provides evidence of an evolving global caring consciousness on five continents

Product Details 

  • Publication Date November 08, 2016
  • Page Count 246
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826192127
  • EISBN 9780826192134

About The Author(s) 

Susan M. Lee, PhD, RN, CNP, is a senior nurse scientist at the Center for Nursing Excellence, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts. Dr. Lee was formerly a Connell Nursing Research Scholar and Nurse Scientist at the Yvonne L. Munn Center for Nursing Research at Massachusetts General Hospital, where she developed and disseminated AgeWISE, a geropalliative educational program, to nurses at 13 Magnet hospitals in the United States. An expert in the nursing care of frail elders, Dr. Lee is currently practicing what she calls "soul work" as a palliative care nurse practitioner for older adults with advanced dementia and other serious illnesses at the Harvard-affiliated Hebrew SeniorLife. She earned an AS from Laboure College, a BS from Worcester State College, an MS from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and a PhD from Boston College, where she was awarded the prestigious Dorothy A. Jones Award. Dr. Lee's postdoctoral fellowship with Jean Watson at the Watson Caring Science Institute was devoted to developing a Caring Science--based, mid-range theory called the Geriatric Caring Model. She is delighted to continue collaborating with Dr. Watson on this volume. Dr. Lee, a Hartford Summer Geriatric Scholar, a Hartford Change AGEnt, a Harvard Macy Scholar, and a Caring Science Scholar, has authored over $3 million in nursing workforce grants designed to build nursing capacity in palliative care, evidence-based practice, ethics, and geriatrics. She is committed to helping nurses understand their power to shape the care experience for patients and families through Caring Science.

Patrick A. Palmieri, DHSc, EdS, MBA, MSN, RN, FACHE, FISQua, FAAN, is the leading health system and clinical operations expert in Peru. He is a Watson Human Caring Science Scholar focused on shifting the traditional health system paradigm in South America from the mechanical processes of curing patients to the humanized approach of healing by caring for people. Dr. Palmieri is an accomplished leader driven by persons and communities, creating vision, building goodwill, and developing human capabilities, particularly of nurses. Serving across multiple systems and levels, he facilitated change by reshaping the capability of the Peruvian health sector. His work resulted in the first three international hospital and ambulatory accreditations in Peruvian history. Currently, Dr. Palmieri is a professor of health sciences and director of the Institute for Health Sciences Research at Universidad Privada del Norte, Lima, Peru, and a professor in the doctoral program in nursing at Walden University, Minneapolis, Minnesota. In addition, he is an adjunct professor at the Nelda C. Stark College of Nursing, Texas Woman's University, Houston Campus, and at the College of Graduate Health Studies, A. T. Still University, Mesa, Arizona. Dr. Palmieri is an accreditation surveyor for the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care. He is also a Sigma Theta Tau International Virginia Henderson Fellow and has been named a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, a Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives, and a Fellow of the International Society for Quality in Health Care.

Jean Watson, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, is distinguished professor emerita and dean emerita of the School of Nursing at the University of Colorado. She is the founder of the Center for Human Caring in Colorado, a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, and a past president of the National League for Nursing. Dr. Watson is a widely published author and recipient of several 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, Sweden, and Luton University, London. Dr. Watson's caring philosophy is used to guide new models of caring and healing practices in diverse settings worldwide. At the University of Colorado, Dr. Watson holds the title of distinguished professor of nursing, the highest honor accorded its faculty for scholarly work.

Table of Contents 



Foreword Teri Pipe, PhD, RN



1. Global Advances in Human Caring Literacy

Jean Watson

2. Advancing Caring Literacy in Practice, Education, and Health Systems

Susan M. Lee


3. Building Global Caritas Community Through Online Education

Kathleen Sitzman

4. The Caring Science Imperative: A Hallmark in Nursing Education

Jacqueline Whelan

5. The Use of Simulation to Strengthen Humanistic Practice Among Nursing Students in the Canton of Vaud (Switzerland)

Philippe Delmas, Otilia Froger, Muriel Harduin, Sandra Gaillard-Desmedt, and Coraline Stormacq


6. Thinking, Acting, and Leading Through Caring Science Literacy

Sara Horton-Deutsch

7. The Co-Emergence of Caritas Nursing and Professional Nursing Practice in Peru

Patrick A. Palmieri

8. Creating Intentionality and Heart-Centered Leadership in the Hospital Setting

Jacqueline A. Somerville


9. Relational Caring Inquiry: The Added Value of Caring Ontology in Nursing Research

Chantal Cara, Louise O’Reilly, and Sylvain Brousseau

10. Collaborative Action Research and Evaluation: Relational Inquiry for Promoting Caring Science Literacy

Marcia Hills and Simon Carroll

11. Spirituality and Nursing: United States and Ukraine

Gayle L. Casterline

12. Seeing the Person Through the Patient: A Human Caring Reference Model for Health Care and Research

Sandra Vacchi


13. Practices of Caring: A South African Perspective

Charlenè Downing

14. A Conceptual Framework for Midwifery in South Africa

Anna Nolte

15. Caritas for Society’s Safe-Keepers: Upholding Human Dignity and Caring

Joseph Giovannoni

16. Giving Voice Through Caritas Nursing

Maryanne T. Sandberg


17. Caring Practices in an Era of Conflict: Middle East Nurses

Julie Benbenishty and Jordan R. Hannink

18. Japanese Caritas for Peace and Change

Mayumi Tsutsui, Rina Emoto, and Jean Watson

19. Caritas Arts for Healing

Mary Rockwood Lane