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April 1, 2011

Internationally Recognized Nursing Scholar and Author
Dr. Jean Watson to Speak at La Salle on April 6

Jean Watson, Ph.D.

Jean Watson, Ph.D., one of the world’s leading scholars in the health-care field, will be the guest speaker at La Salle University School of Nursing and Health Sciences’ 25th Annual Distinguished Lecture on Wednesday, April 6, 2011. The lecture will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Hayman Center’s Tom Gola Arena. All registered nurses in attendance are eligible for 1.5 contact hours of continuing education for a $10 fee.

Watson’s “Theory on Human Caring,” found in her first book, Nursing: The Philosophy and Science of Caring, has been at the forefront of nursing practice and patient care for more than 35 years. In addition to many nursing schools across the globe, Watson’s theory has been adopted by hospitals worldwide. According to Watson, establishing a caring relationship and treating patients with positive regard is crucial in a patient’s recovery and healing.

“Dr. Watson’s work has helped humanize health care by encouraging not just nurses, but all healthcare workers and administrators, to focus more attention on the caring they provide patients and their families,” said Zane Robinson Wolf, Ph.D., Dean of La Salle’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences. “Her influence can be seen in hospitals throughout the world and in the ways nurses think about their work, act at work, and consider their own self-care.”

Watson is a Distinguished Professor of Nursing and holds an endowed Chair in Caring Science at the University of Colorado, Denver and the Anschutz Medical Center Campus. She is the founder of the original Center for Human Caring in Colorado and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. In 2008, she created a non-profit foundation, Watson Caring Science Institute to help advance her work in “caring science” throughout the world.

Watson is the author of 14 books on caring, ranging from empirical measurements of caring to postmodern philosophies of caring and healing. She earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing and psychiatric-mental health nursing from the University of Colorado and a doctorate in educational psychology and counseling from the University of Colorado.

She is the recipient of numerous international awards and honors including a Kellogg Fellowship in Australia, a Fulbright Research Award in Sweden, and six honorary doctoral degrees, including three international honorary doctorates.

The 25th Annual Distinguished Lecture is presented by La Salle’s School of Nursing and Health Sciences’ nursing programs and the Kappa Delta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International.

For additional information about the lecture, call 215.951.1413, or e-mail