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Caring Science, Mindful Practice, Second Edition

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Caring Science, Mindful Practice, Second Edition

SKU# 9780826135551

Implementing Watson’s Human Caring Theory

Author: Kathleen Sitzman PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF


  • Jean Watson PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN
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Praise for the First Edition:

“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

Associate Professor, College of Nursing, Villanova University

International Journal for Human Caring

“Provides wonderful tools for nurses to use in practice, education, or even for self-care. Designed for any nurse, . . . who wishes to learn more about applying Jean Watson's Human Caring Theory to practice … [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 resource. 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 seminal work, based on the philosophy of Watson’s Human Caring Theory, is designed to help students and practitioners of nursing to simplify Watson’s complex teachings and integrate them into everyday practice. The revised second edition includes an abundance of new micro-practice examples for each of the 10 Caritas Processes®; practical exemplars from Dr. Sitzman’s research, enabling readers to cultivate Caritas and mindfulness on a daily basis; and new case studies demonstrating how others have implemented Human Caring Science into everyday life and work.

Drawing on the contemplative and mindfulness teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh, the text offers an engaging entry into Human Caring Theory for newcomers and deepens understanding for current practitioners. Clear and simple content supports foundational learning and promotes direct experience related to Watson’s work. The book features guided mindfulness activities and artistic practices for each of the 10 Caritas Processes, plus case studies and guided procedures to facilitate learning and internalizing the method. The text also serves as the foundational text for the WCSI online course that provides step-by-step instructions on how to integrate and ground the philosophy and abstracts of Human Caring Theory into practice.

New to the Second Edition:

  • New and updated content throughout
  • Presents new examples from authors’ research for cultivating daily Caritas and mindfulness practices
  • Each Caritas Process chapter includes micro-practice examples from scholarly work demonstrating use of Watson’s Theory
  • Abundant case studies demonstrate how others have implemented Caring Science and Mindfulness in everyday life and work

Key Features:

  • Engages newcomers in learning Human Caring Theory and deepens understanding for current practitioners
  • Facilitates integration of the philosophy and abstracts of Human Caring Theory into clinical practice
  • Provides abundant case studies and guided activities to reinforce content
  • Includes guided mindfulness and artistic practices for each of the Ten Caritas Processes
  • Designed for a diverse audience including undergraduate, graduate, and international nursing and health science students
  • Serves as the foundational text for the companion WCSI online course (including videos)

Product Details 

  • Publication Date May 08, 2018
  • Page Count 188
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826135551
  • EISBN 9780826135568

Online Supplements 

Dr. Kathleen Sitzman, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN, Distinguished Watson Caring Science Scholar 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 September. Please go to canvas.net to register. Registration opens 2 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.

Download the course flyer

Download the course outline

Register online now


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

View the Caring Science, Mindful Practice playlist

Table of Contents 



Author’s Note


Note From Contributing Nurse Artist

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

2.Overview of Watson’s Theory (10 Caritas Processes®)

3.Thich Nhat Hanh’s Five Mindfulness Trainings

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


5.The First Caritas Process®: Embrace Altruistic Values and Practice Lovingkindness With Self and Others

6.The Second Caritas Process®: Be Authentically Present, Enable 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—and Creative Solution-Seeking

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


Editorial Review(s) 

""The authors compile incredible Caritas projects that showcase the epitome of Watson's Caritas Processes. Anyone who reads this book will find the authors' dedication to furthering Caring Science extraordinary and forever inspiring.""

-- Doody's Medical Reviews