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March 4, 2011
Contact: Mary Gambino, School of Nursing, 913-588-1695

Nursing theorist to headline Lessons from Legends program

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KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Jean Watson will lead Lessons from Legends: Power, Policy and Practice, a University of Kansas School of Nursing program focusing on Watson’s popular Theory of Human Caring, on March 11 at the Hyatt Crown Center in Kansas City, Mo.

Watson is distinguished professor of nursing and holds an endowed chair in caring science at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colo. She is founder of the original Center for Human Caring in Colorado and a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She previously was dean of nursing at the University Health Sciences Center and is a past president of the National League for Nursing. Her latest activities include founding a new nonprofit foundation, Watson Caring Science Institute.

Watson has been at the forefront of an international movement to revolutionize relationship-centered care for more than 35 years. In addition to use in many nursing schools, her theory is being adopted by nurses in hospitals across the United States to redefine nursing practice and ultimately the nursing and organizational culture. Watson contends that achieving a preferred health care system will require health care leaders to reconcile “caring and economics” with “caring and administrative practices” by eliminating the conflict that exists between the ethical and moral practice of nursing and the business of health care delivery.

To register for Lessons from Legends, go to the Continuing Education website.

“The excitement here with Dr. Watson’s upcoming visit is palpable,” said Mary Gambino, director of nursing continuing education for the School of Nursing. “I’ve heard so many stories about how organizations use Watson’s theories in education, hiring, job descriptions, staff programs and other areas. Her ideas resonate with nurses and their choice of nursing as a profession.”

Watson earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing and psychiatric-mental health nursing from the University of Colorado and holds a doctorate in educational psychology and counseling from the University of Colorado. She is a widely published author and recipient of several awards and honors, including an international Kellogg Fellowship in Australia, a Fulbright Research Award in Sweden and six honorary doctoral degrees, including three international honorary doctorates. She has been distinguished lecturer and endowed lecturer at universities throughout the United States and in many foreign countries.

The Lessons from Legends program is sponsored by KU’s School of Nursing. The program’s platinum co-sponsors are Children’s Mercy Hospitals and Clinics, North Kansas City Hospital and KU Hospital. Gold sponsors are Liberty Hospital and Providence Medical Center Saint John Hospital.


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