Watson's Theory of Human Caring

Identify role for nursing in alleviating the health consequences faced by Muslim Americans in terms of Watson's Theory of Human Caring.

I need ideas and insights into the application of Watson's model. Thank you.

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...usness, whereby wholeness, beauty, comfort, dignity, and peace are potentiated.
9. Assisting with basic needs, with an intentional caring consciousness, administering "human care essentials,?which potentiate alignment of mindbodyspirit, wholeness, and unity of being in all aspects of care; tending to both the embodied spirit and evolving spiritual emergence.
10. Opening and attending to spiritual-mysterious and existential dimensions of one's own life-death; soul care for self and the one-being-cared-for. (Watson, 2001, p. 347)

There is a lot of commonality across all patients in terms of applying Watson's model, but the professional can use professional judgment in weight of focus placed on what 'curative?factor needs more attention based on the situation and the context of the helping interventions. This means that Muslim American have some similar health problems to the average population and similar caring factors as part of the human race, but also some unique health and 'unique?issues related more with minority groups (lack of access, mental health issues, etc.--see attached article).

To illustrate the application of the above 10 clinical caritas process(es) (CCP) proposed by Watson, let's look at the following general health intervention, which can be applied to a Muslim American who has suffered amputations. It is real life example of a nurse with the number of clinical caritas process(es) (CCP) being used by the professional nurse.

EXAMPLE: (Excerpt)

It is December 5th, I am assigned to take care of Mr. Smith, a 55-year-old [Muslim] man who will undergo his 5th amputation. Gangrene has ravaged both feet and legs. He is scheduled for an above knee amputation of his right leg, because the last amputation did not heal properly. I know him quite well, since I took care of him during his past hospitalizations (CCP#4). I've always liked this patient (CCP#1), it seems that we connected right away after our first meeting (CCP#4). He shared with me his life story [referred to as phenomenal field by Watson], which allowed me to know him as a person not just "a case?going for surgery on our unit.

I welcome him as he is admitted onto the unit. As we glance to each other, he returns a faint smile. [At this moment, a caring occasion takes place.] I ask him how he is doing and tell him that since our last meeting I thought of some creative ways of how he could remember to take his medicine (CCP#6, CCP#7). [According to Watson, the nurse's creativity contributes to making nursing an art.] He responds that he will be happy to discuss it and also asks how I have been doing. Mr. Smith knows me as a person, he does not consider me as just another nurse, I am "his nurse.?He knows that I care for him and that I am committed to helping him through his ordeal (CCP#4). [This is an example of what Watson means by our relationship becoming part of both our life history.]

From his faint smile I can sense that he is depressed. Probably since ...