Jean Watson

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Jean Watson is an American nurse theorist and nursing professor who is best known for her Theory of human caring. She is the author of numerous texts, including Nursing: The Philosophy and Science of Caring. Watson's research on caring has been incorporated into education and patient care at hundreds of nursing schools and healthcare facilities across the world.[1]

Early life[edit]

Watson was born on June 10, 1940 in Williamson, West Virginia.


Jean Watson graduated from the Lewis Gale School of Nursing in Roanoke, Virginia, in 1961. She continued her nursing studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, earning a B.S. in 1964, an M.S. in psychiatric and mental health nursing in 1966, and a Ph.D. in educational psychology and counseling in 1973. She has been awarded nine honorary doctoral degrees in six countries.[2]

Caring Theory[edit]

Watson developed the Theory of Human Caring. She founded the non-profit Watson Caring Science Institute in 2008. Theory of Human Caring defined.....

Academic appointments[edit]

Watson is a Distinguished Professor of Nursing at the University of Colorado,[3] where she formerly served as Dean of Nursing.

Leadership achievements[edit]

She is a past president of the National League for Nursing.

Honors and awards[edit]

  • 1999: Norman Cousins Award, Fetzer Institute


Watson, Jean (2003). Inside Stories: Tales of Change and Growth. Lion UK. ISBN 0745948162.
Bevis, Em Olivia; Watson, Jean (2000). Toward a Caring Curriculum: A New Pedagogy for Nursing. Jones and Bartlett. ISBN 0745948162.
Watson, Jean (1979). Nursing: The Philosophy and Science of Caring. Little, Brown and Co. ISBN 0316924644.


  1. ^ "Global Caring Connections". CU College of Nursing. Retrieved June 22, 2012.
  2. ^ "Jean Watson, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN". Watson Caring Science Institute. Retrieved June 22, 2012.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "14th International IONS Conference". Institute of Noetic Sciences. Archived from the original on May 12, 2012. Retrieved June 22, 2012.