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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

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.

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.