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Jean Watson to Speak on Caring Science

Jean Watson, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, is Distinguished Professor and Dean Emerita from the University of Colorado Denver, College of Nursing, Anschutz Medical Center, where she was the nation’s first endowed Chair in Caring Science. UW FWW School of Nursing has arranged for Watson to make a guest appearance as the Roy and Fay Whitney Lecturer in order to celebrate the first graduating class of the Doctor in Nursing Practice (DNP) program. Watson will present as follows:


“Caring Science: Disciplinary foundation for Nursing”

Thursday, April 16, 2015
West Yellowstone Ballroom of the Wyoming Student Union


  • 9 a.m.:
    Watson Presentation

  • 10 a.m.:

  • 11 a.m.:
    Oral Presentations from the twelve Doctor of Nursing Practice candidates


About Watson

Dr. Watson earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing and psychiatric-mental health nursing and holds her PhD in educational psychology and counseling. She is a widely published author and recipient of many awards and honors, including The Fetzer Institute Norman Cousins Award, in recognition of her commitment to developing; maintaining and exemplifying relationship-centered care practices; an international Kellogg Fellowship in Australia; and a Fullbright Research Award in Sweden. She holds ten honorary doctoral degrees, including eight international honorary doctorates (Sweden, United Kingdom, Spain, British Colombia, Quebec, Canada, Japan, Turkey).

Watson is founder of the original Center for Human Caring in Colorado and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing; past president of the National League for Nursing; and founding member of International Association in Human Caring and International Caritas Consortium. Her latest positions include Founder and Director of non-profit foundation, Watson Caring Science Institute.

Clinical nurses and academic programs throughout the world use Dr. Watson's published works on the philosophy and theory of human caring and the art and science of caring in nursing. Her caring philosophy is used to guide transformative models of caring and healing practices for hospitals, nurses and patients alike, 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 1999 she assumed the Murchinson-Scoville Chair in Caring Science, the nation’s first endowed chair in Caring Science, based at the University of Colorado Denver & Anschutz Medical Center.

As author /co-author of over 20 books on caring, her latest books range from empirical measurements and international research on caring, to new postmodern philosophies of caring and healing, philosophy and science of caring and caring science as sacred science. Her books have been American Journal of Nursing (AJN) books of the year awards and seek to bridge paradigms as well as point toward transformative models for this 21st century. In October 2013, Dr. Watson was inducted by the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) as a Living Legend, AAN's highest honor.


Jean Watson, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN

Jean Watson, Distinguished Professor and Dean Emerita from the University of CO Denver
Distinguished Professor and Dean Emerita from U. of CO Denver, College of Nursing, Anschutz Medical Center
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