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The Power of Wholeness, Consciousness, and Caring A Dialogue on Nursing Science, Art, and Healing

Cowling, W. Richard III PhD, RN, APRN-BC, AHN-BC; Smith, Marlaine C. PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN; Watson, Jean PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN

Advances in Nursing Science:
doi: 10.1097/01.ANS.0000311535.11683.d1
Article Available Online Only for the January-March Issue
Abstract

Wholeness, consciousness, and caring are 3 critical concepts singled out and positioned in the disciplinary discourse of nursing to distinguish it from other disciplines. This article is an outgrowth of a dialogue among 4 scholars, 3 who have participated extensively in work aimed at synthesizing converging points in nursing theory development. It proposes a unified vision of nursing knowledge that builds on their work as a reference point for extending reflection and dialogue about the discipline of nursing. We seek for an awakening of a higher/deeper place of wholeness, consciousness, and caring that will synthesize new ethical and intellectual forms and norms of “ontological caring literacy” to arrive at a unitary caring science praxis. We encourage the evolution of a mature caring-healing-health discipline and profession, helping affirm and sustain humanity, caring, and wholeness in our daily work and in the world.

In Brief

Wholeness, consciousness, and caring are three critical concepts in the disciplinary discourse of nursing that distinguish it from other disciplines. This article proposes a unified vision of nursing knowledge that provides a reference point for extending reflection and dialogue about the discipline of nursing, synthesizing new ethical and intellectual forms and norms of “ontological caring literacy” to arrive at a unitary caring science praxis.

Author Information

University of North Carolina Greensboro, Greensboro (Dr Cowling); Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton (Dr Smith); and School of Nursing, University of Colorado, Denver, and Health Sciences Center, Denver (Dr Watson).

This article is an outgrowth of a dialogue among the authors and Margaret Newman, PhD, RN, FAAN, at the Annual Conference of the International Association for Human Caring, St Louis, Michigan, May 17, 2007.

The authors thank Margaret Newman for her contributions to the development and preparation of this manuscript.

Corresponding Author: W. Richard Cowling, III, PhD, RN, APRN-BC, AHN-BC, School of Nursing, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, PO Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402 (richardcowling@uncg.edu).

© 2008 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.