FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - June 24, 2010
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The American Holistic Nurses Association Honors Dr. Jean Watson RN, PhD, FAAN, AHN-BC with the Holistic Nurse of the Year Award
Each year the American Holistic Nurses Association (AHNA, www.ahna.org)
recognizes outstanding achievement in the field of holistic nursing
with the Holistic Nurse of the Year (HNY) award. AHNA proudly honored Jean Watson RN, PhD, FAAN, AHN-BC at their 30th annual conference
with the 2010 HNY award for her contributions in furthering the
practice of holistic nursing and bringing caring and healing to the
forefront of nursing practice. Dr. Watson, who was one of the keynote
speakers at the 2010 conference and has presented as an AHNA speaker in
2005, was presented with the Open Heart sculpture to carry with her all
year during the 2010 International Year of the Nurse. This symbol of
authentic caring and holistic healing speaks to the work that Dr.
Watson has been whole-heartedly advocating for more than 30 years.
As a visionary for holistic health and caring/ healing, Dr. Watson
models the mission of AHNA ─ to foster a vital community that advances
holistic health and nursing. In a recent article published in AHNA’s
Beginnings magazine, Dr. Watson points out that “true transformation of
health care ultimately has to come from a shift in consciousness and
intentional, informed actions of the practitioners themselves” (Spring
2010, p. 15). AHNA nurtures and inspires its members with the
intention of building an expert and caring community equipped to
achieve a “true transformation of health care.”
Dr. Watson acts as a voice for AHNA in both the personal and
professional arena, which is one of the HNY requirements. She advocates
that “AHNA and its members are paving the way toward authentic
transformation from the inside out…Caring Science/theory-guided care,
combined with holistic healing practices, is restoring the human spirit
and inner healing processes” (AHNA 2010, conference keynote).
A major contributor to the field of holistic nursing, Dr. Watson has
helped to advance this specialty nursing practice through her numerous
activities, teaching, research and publications. Between 1975 and 1979,
Dr. Watson developed the Theory of Transpersonal Caring, also called
the Theory of Human Caring or The Caring Model. This work has evolved
over the years through numerous publications, and further theoretical
texts, including Nursing. The Philosophy and Science of Caring, revised
edition, 2008 which extended the original theory into its latest form.
She is one of the few nursing theorists who considered not only the
"cared for", but also the caregiver, which resonates closely with
AHNA’s efforts to promote self-care within the nursing profession.
While Dean of Nursing at the University of Colorado, Dr. Watson established
the original Center for Human Caring and helped develop the doctoral
program in nursing at the University of Colorado College. In 2007, Dr.
Watson founded the international, nonprofit Watson Caring Science
Institute (www.watsoncaringscience.org) with the mission to restore the
profound nature of caring-healing and support the current healthcare
system to nurture and retain its most precious resource: competent,
caring professional nurses. This year, during the 2010 International
Year of the Nurse, Dr. Watson has launched the Million Nurse Global Caring Field Project with the intention to connect a million nurses (or
more) around the globe to create a field of worldwide energetic caring
consciousness for global healing and health for all.
Dr. Watson’s leadership and capacity to implement holistic programs are
essential to the promotion of healing and caring, the two key platforms
of AHNA. “This work is about bringing science and soul together…making
more explicit the connection between our humanity, our caring and our
healing. Always remembering that our greatest source of healing is
love”--Jean Watson, (AHNA 2010, conference keynote).
Founded in 1981, AHNA is a non-profit membership
association for nurses and other holistic healthcare professionals.
AHNA is the definitive voice for holistic nursing, and promotes the
education of nurses, other healthcare professionals, and the public in
all aspects of holistic caring and healing. The Mission of AHNA is to
foster a vital community that advances holistic health and nursing.
Holistic nursing is recognized by the American Nurses Association as an
official nursing specialty with defined scope and standards of
practice. Go to www.ahna.org for more information