Original ArticlesFinding a Focus for Nursing The Caring ConceptCook, Laura Beth RN, BSN, PCCN; Peden, Ann PhD, APRN, BCAuthor Information Capital University, Columbus, Ohio. Correspondence: Ann Peden, PhD, APRN, BC, Capital University Department of Nursing, 1 College Ave, Bexley, OH 43209 ([email protected]). The authors have disclosed that they have no significant relationships with, or financial interest in, any commercial companies pertaining to this article. Advances in Nursing Science: January/March 2017 - Volume 40 - Issue 1 - p 12-23 doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000137 Buy Metrics Abstract Many nursing theorists claim caring as the aspect of nursing that differentiates it from other health care professions. Newman et al defined the focus of nursing as “the study of caring in the human health experience,” yet there is little consensus among nurses about the validity of this statement. The purpose of this article is to explore the concept of caring as it has been defined by various nursing scholars and to determine whether the focus of nursing knowledge development can appropriately be defined as “the study of caring in the human health experience.” © 2017 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.