Assessing and Measuring Caring in Nursing and Health Sciences

Assessing and Measuring Caring in Nursing and Health Sciences

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Jean Watson has spent a lifetime studying the effect of caring in nursing, and in 2002 she offered the first edition of ""Assessing and Measuring Caring in Nursing and Health Science"". This new edition is now the most comprehensive and current compendium of instruments for assessing and measuring caring in clinical and educational nursing research. This book becomes the first official publication of the Watson Caring Science Institute, an international non-profit foundation to further the work in caring science.The features of this new edition include: new instruments, focusing on assessing caring at the administrative-relational system caring level, addressing a new a population; new chapters on each of the caring instruments, incorporating diverse concepts such as quality of care; patient/client/nurses perceptions of caring; caring behaviors; caring abilities; and caring efficacy; a new chapter on the overview of research and measurement of caring; a new chapter entitled 'Caring Factor Survey'; and, a thoroughly updated master matrix with compilation of all the available caring instruments to-date, including the actual instruments for assessing caring, reported in the nursing literature from 1984 to 2008. Because this book discusses all the available measurement instruments on caring in nursing, along with their origins, development, and use, this second edition is the ideal one-stop resource for anyone in the health sciences or healing professions who needs to know the latest in Caring Science.
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  • Paperback | 350 pages
  • 177.29 x 253.75 x 18.54mm | 635.03g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 2nd Revised edition
  • 0826121969
  • 9780826121967
  • 1,559,008

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""As in the first edition, the author has done a magnificent job compiling these instruments and providing important information that the reader can use to evaluate their usefulness.""
--Ora Lea Strickland, RN, PhD, FAAN (From the Foreword)

This book provides all the essential research tools for assessing and measuring caring for those in the caring professions. Watson's text is the only comprehensive and accessible collection of instruments for care measurement in clinical and educational nursing research. The measurements address quality of care, patient, client, and nurse perceptions of caring, and caring behaviors, abilities, and efficacy.

Newly updated, this edition also contains three new chapters, which document the most effective caring language and provide innovative methods of selecting appropriate tools for measurement based on validity and reliability. Key features of new edition:
A chapter providing a comprehensive literature review of the research and measurement of caring A chapter entitled ""Caring Factor Survey,"" which presents a new scale based on Watson's original theory of human caring Chapters outlining instruments for care measurement, including Holistic Caring Inventory, Peer Group Caring Interaction Scale, and many more New instruments focused on assessing caring at the administrative-relational caring level An updated section dedicated to challenges and future directions of the measurement of caring "
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"Dr. Watson has consistently moved nursing and the scientific community forward through her explorations of the construct of caring. This expanded second edition is a continuing reminder of the importance of caring in every society and the centrality of caring to every healing profession."- - Ora Lea Strickland, RN, PhD., FAAN (from the Foreword)"
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About Jean Watson

Jean Watson, PhD, RN, HNC, FAAN, is Distinguished Professor of Nursing, former Dean of the School of Nursing, and sits in the nation's first endowed chair in Caring Science, all at the University of Colorado. She is founder of the Center for Human Caring and the Watson Science Caring Institute in Colorado, a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, past-president of the National League for Nursing, and acclaimed author of leading works in nursing education and Caritas (the philosophy, science and theory of caring). She lectures worldwide with upwards of 50 presentations yearly.
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