The Effects of Watson's Theory of Caring and the Nurse Utilization of Caring Attributes

Mary Michaele Owens, Gardner-Webb University


Thirty registered nurses within a specific unit in a healthcare organization participated in an education program based on Jean Watson's Theory of Human Caring. Participants were given a pre-survey using Nyberg's Caring Assessment Scale, a 5-point Likert scale survey measuring caring factors. After the education session, a two-week implementation time period was established, and participants were given a post survey to identify if scores increased from pre to post survey. Results show that there were increases in scores, with four categories experiencing significant change. Results indicated that registered nurses with less than five years of experience were more likely to experience change in the utilization of Jean Watson's carative factors in their daily bedside nursing routine.