Title Caring Science, Mindful Practice, 2/e
Subtitle Implementing Watson’s Human Caring Theory
Author Kathleen Sitzman, Jean Watson
ISBN 9780826135551
List price USD 45.00
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Binding Paperback
No of pages 188
Book size 178 X 203 mm
Publishing year 2018
Original publisher Springer Publishing Company
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Status New Arrival
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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)




Author’s Note


Note From Contributing Nurse Artist


Section I: Introduction to Caritas Practice and Mindfulnes

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

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

Chapter 3. Thich Nhat Hanh’s Five Mindfulness Trainings

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


Section II: The Ten Caritas Proceses®

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

Chapter 6. The Second Caritas Process®: Be Authentically Present, Enable Faith and Hope, and Honor Others

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

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

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

Chapter 10. The Sixth Caritas Process®: Use Creative Scientific Problem-Solving Methods for Caring Decision Making—and Creative Solution-Seeking

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

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

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

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

Chapter 15. Conclusions and Suggestions for Deepening Study



About the Authors:

Kathleen Sitzman, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN, is a professor of undergraduate nursing science at East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina. Previous to her current position, she held dual appointments at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, as the director of the Bachelor of Integrated Studies Program and faculty in the School of Nursing. She was inducted into the Academy of Nursing Education in 2015 and into the American Academy of Nursing in 2016. Dr. Sitzman has been a nurse since 1983 and has used her extensive experience to produce scholarly work that contributes to the nursing profession and body of knowledge on international, national, state, community, and local levels. She has been principal or co-investigator on 10 research projects, several of which focused on nursing students’ perception 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 four books: Understanding the Work of Nurse Theorists: A Creative Beginning, second edition (2011), A History of American Nursing: Trends and Eras, second edition (2014), Caring Science, Mindful Practice, first edition (Springer Publishing, 2014), and Watson’s Caring in the Digital World (Springer Publishing, 2017). She is a member of the American Nurses Association, the National League for Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, and the International Association for Human Caring. Dr. Sitzman has been generous with her skills and expertise by serving on a wide variety of health-related service projects.


Jean Watson, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, is a distinguished professor emerita and dean emerita of the College of Nursing at the University of Colorado, Denver. She is the founder of the Center for Human Caring in Colorado, a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, and past president of the National League for Nursing. Her current activities include founder and director of Watson Caring Science Institute, a nonprofit international organization, committed to furthering caring science in the world. Dr. Watson has earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing and psychiatric–mental health nursing with a PhD in educational psychology and counseling. She 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 1140 honorary doctoral degrees, including 1 honorary international Doctor of Science award, from Sweden, Spain, the United Kingdom, Japan, British Columbia, Quebec and Canada, Turkey, and Colombia. Clinical nurses and academic programs throughout the world use her published works on the philosophy and theory of human caring and the art and science of caring in nursing. Dr. Watson’s caring science/philosophy theory is used to guide new models of caring and healing practices in diverse settings worldwide. At the University of Colorado, Dr. Watson held the title of distinguished professor of nursing, the highest honor accorded its faculty for scholarly work. In 1998 to 1999 she assumed that nation’s first endowed chair in caring science based at the University of Colorado. In 2013, Dr. Watson was inducted as a Living Legend, by the American Academy of Nursing, its highest honor. Her work continues through the Watson Caring Science Institute (www.watsoncaringscience.org). VISIT

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Students and practitioners of nursing.


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