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Watson's Theory of Transpersonal Caring: Factors Impacting Nurses Professional Caring

Vandenhouten, Christine PhD, RN, APHN-BC; Kubsch, Sylvia PhD, RN; Peterson, Margaret BSN, RN; Murdock, Jennifer BSN, RN; Lehrer, Leslie BSN, RN

Holistic Nursing Practice:
doi: 10.1097/HNP.0b013e31826ed0e8

This study's purpose was to identify factors impacting nurses' perceived professional caring. The sample of 242 nurses completed a researcher-developed survey based on Watson's theory of transpersonal caring. Results showed that experienced, hospital-based nurses and those demonstrating greater familiarity with Watson's theory had higher caring scores. Implications for education, practice, and research are suggested.

Author Information

University of Wisconsin Green Bay, Green Bay.

Correspondence: Christine Vandenhouten, PhD, RN, APHN-BC, University of Wisconsin Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Dr, Green Bay, WI 54311 (

The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article.

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.