Original ArticleCaring Theory as an Ethical Guide to Administrative and Clinical PracticesWatson, Jean PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAANAuthor Information School of Nursing, University of Colorado Denver and Health Sciences Center, Denver. Corresponding author: Jean Watson, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, School of Nursing, University of Colorado Denver and Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO 80262 (e-mail: [email protected]). This manuscript is based on a presentation at an International Health Administration Conference, Nuremberg, Germany, November 2005. Nursing Administration Quarterly: January 2006 - Volume 30 - Issue 1 - p 48-55 Buy Abstract This article explores the conventional relationship between caring, economics, and administrative practices that no longer serve patients, practitioners, or systems. A shift toward human caring values and an ethic of authentic healing relationships is required as systems now have to value human resources and life purposes, inner meanings, and processes for workers and patients alike, not just economics alone. This shift requires a professional ethos with renewed attention to practice that is ethics/values-based and theory-guided, alongside evidence and economics. Emergent professional, caring-theory–guided practice options are presented, which are grounded on this deeper ethical-moral and theoretical foundation for transforming the practitioners and the system. © 2006 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.