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Intentionality and Caring-Healing Consciousness: A Practice of Transpersonal Nursing

Watson, Jean PhD, RN, HNC, FAAN

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This article explicates some theoretical and scientific dimensions of intentionality and consciousness as a framework for transpersonal nursing. New connections are made between noetic sciences and transpersonal caring theory, both of which cultivate intentionality as a form of focused consciousness as a formal field of study. What emerges is Intentional Transpersonal Caring, whereby intentionality, consciousness, and universal energy-field are posited as the foundation of a caring moment, potentiating healing for both practitioner and patient. The theoretical and scientific are translated into the practical by a series of practice guidelines that activate intentionality into a living theory of transpersonal caring-healing praxis.

Distinguished Professor of Nursing, Murchinson-Scoville Chair of Caring Science, School of Nursing, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, Colorado

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