* How am I caring for my patients and their families?
* How has my psychiatric training changed how I perceive caring? Do I now care in a different way?
* Has the way I care developed through my practice of caring?
* Are there ways to sustain and enhance the satisfaction and reward of caring?
From the theoretical void of her early career, Watson developed the now-world-famous Theory of Human Caring, used a practice rubric of 10 Caritas Processes ("Caritas" is a Latin verb meaning to cherish, to provide charity, to acknowledge its fragility, and deep ethic of caring, making a connection between caring and love).
Responding to the myriad issues plaguing the public's search for a more humane and caring-healing approach--among them nursing shortages and retention, high-profile medical mistakes and escalating costs--hundreds of hospitals around the world today are implementing human caring theory as a way to improve results, retain nurses and offer authentic caring-healing practices to complement the best of medical technology, treatment and cure approaches.
VA hospitals, university medical centers and managed care organizations are all seeking and using models of caring science and human caring theory to make the lives of patients, staff, and nurses more meaningful and to develop research data to demonstrate the relation between human caring and patient outcomes.
Kaiser Permanente Northern California is systematically integrating caring science and theory-based practices in all of the 21 Northern California Kaiser facilities.
Rather than perform their jobs by rote, the human caring philosophy and theory, combined with an expanded model of caring science, gives nurses the space to reflect on the disciplinary-ethical foundation of their practices and experience themselves as healers.