Jean Watson Theory Pros and Cons

  1. I'm doing a critique of Jean Watson's theory of human caring for a nursing theory class that I'm taking and haven't been able to find many ideas against her theory or what is wrong with her theory and was wondering if anyone here could help me out?
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  3. by   llg
    I suspect that the purpose of your school assignment was for you to analyze the theory and identify questions, issues and limitations of the theory yourself. I doubt your instructor wants you to simply recite the ideas of other people for this assignment.

    If you would like a little input for us though, why don't you suggest a few limitations/weaknesses based on your own analysis of the theory for us to discuss? We might be able to help you further develop your ideas and your ways of thinking about theory.

    If we were just to give you ideas to put in your paper, you wouldn't learn much from that -- and wouldn't deserve credit for the work.

    Give us something to work with and I suspect some of us will give you a little something back.
  4. by   ZASHAGALKA
    Try the last several pages of THIS thread:

    I argue that you can not only nurse without Jean Watson, you can be a good nurse in spite of her.

    The whole care theory debate detracts from our professional skills and training that makes us the professionals we are.

    It entrenches the idea that we are a vocational occupation, and not a profession.

    "Caring" is innate. What I bring to my job: that took lots of training and even more experience.

    I'm a highly trained, highly technical bedside monitor, interventioner, and all around healthcare professional.

    Yes. I care.

    But I'm not nearly so narrowly defined. And I detest the Ivory Tower trying to so narrowly peg me. As if anybody could define the spirituality and care that I bring to the table. We are all individuals in that department. Nursing wastes its time waxing about something that it simply cannot adequately define for even a small fraction of its practitioners.

    Last edit by ZASHAGALKA on Jun 26, '07
  5. by   puggymae
    Given my choice I would much rather have a highly skilled, competent nurse care for me than one who can't find her butt with both hands but "cares."