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Usefulness of Watson's Caring Science for Online Educational Practices in Disciplines Outside of Nursing

Sitzman, Kathleen, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN; Muller, Dorothy H., PhD

doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000223
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Human caring has long been considered the primary domain of nurses and the primary function of nursing practice. Results related to the study of a Caring Science, Mindful Practice Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), suggest that Watson's Caring Science tenets are meaningful and useful for professionals who work in disciplines outside of nursing. Further study was needed to explore the degree to which Caring Science might be useful and applicable to the practices of non-nurse professionals. The study that is the focus of this article explored perceived usefulness of Watson's Caring Science for professionals from a wide array of disciplines who teach and work in online settings. Results confirm applicability and usefulness across disciplines and in diverse settings. Results also suggest that nurse-mediated Caring Science education and training may help establish common ground upon which further interprofessional and transdisciplinary understanding and collaboration may be built.

College of Nursing (Dr Sitzman) and Office for Faculty Excellence (Dr Muller), East Carolina University, Morehead City, North Carolina.

Correspondence: Kathleen Sitzman, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, FAAN, College of Nursing, East Carolina University, Mailstop 162, 600 Moye Blvd, Greenville, NC 27858 (sitzmank@ecu.edu).

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

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