Master Class

Master Class

The Masterclass Series is a ‘larger picture’ interface with significant global leaders in nursing and healthcare practice, education and leadership. This series is about vision that arises out of evidence-based/informed work that we connect directly to practice through conversation. The intent is to bridge the divide between leadership and grassroots nursing. Anything but a ‘standard’ conversation, we hope these interviews will inspire, provoke and transform the way you think about nursing and healthcare. View Dr. Duchscher’s interviews of leaders discussing subjects such as caring, clinical decision-making and practice ethics.
It is a common lament by practitioners that they are simply too exhausted to care. In this session Dr. Watson speaks to the paradox of caring – that, in fact, caring MORE uplifts and energizes rather than depletes and exhausts. She explores how the newest members of profession can use caring theory to discern, critique and construct practice rather than accept, comply and conform to externally determined practices. A review of how committing to caring for others creates contexts of self-care.
The future of humanity lies in our ability to care for one another. In this session, Dr. Watson talks about the covenant between nursing, as an act of humanity, and the world, as a global community struggling to sustain its true nature of loving and caring for self and other. The world is changing – we see that in the growing instability of our politics, our geography, our economies, and in the expressions of our cultural, religious, spiritual and social relationships. Dr. Watson offers her insights into what caring looks like today, how it has changed and how the conscious caring of even one nurse has the capacity to affect the whole of humanity.
Simulation technology is being used increasingly as a platform not only to educate health practitioners, but to care for patients, particularly in extreme rural and remote geographical areas. In this session, Dr. Watson explores how ‘synthetic’ care can be positioned as an effective means of caring while helping us to understand the influences of physical distance in caring ‘for and about’ our patients, families and communities.
The global pandemic has challenged how nurses interface with those they care for. A required focus on social distancing and personal protective equipment have influenced the capacity for, and the expression of caring as a cornerstone of our interactions with each other. In this session, Dr. Watson explores the challenges to caring in contexts where human touch is prohibited and discusses the impact of these changes on our care practices.

1. What do you see as the challenges to caring in contexts where human touch is not possible?

2. How do you think the pandemic, and it’s influence on our capacity to be skin to skin/face-to-face, has changed the way we care?

3. If, in the post-pandemic world, we do not return fully to our face-to-face practice – if we return to a greater reliance on digital or virtual platforms to educate nurses and even to practice (an increase in telehealth for instance), how might this impact on our capacity to ‘care’?

4. How might this situation influence the health of those we care for?
This Masterclass series invites you into a deeper understanding of nursing as the sacred science of caring. In 8 conversations with Dr. Jean Watson she offers her reflections on unitary caring in a time of global fracture – the focus of this series is on how new nursing graduates can situate their evolving practice in the sacred covenant between nursing and the healing of humanity.

Dr. Jean Watson is a Distinguished Professor and Dean Emerita at the University of Colorado in Denver, Colorado where she held the nation’s first endowed Chair in Caring Science for 16 years. Dr. Watson is founder of the original Center for Human Caring in Colorado, a founding member of the International Association in Human Caring, and the Founder and Director of the non-profit foundation, Watson Caring Science Institute. Dr. Watson is known around the world for her theory of human caring-the 10 caritas processes and caring science. She is the recipient of 15 honorary doctorates from around the world and most notably was designated as a Living Legend by the American Academy of Nursing. This is its highest honor.

The first 2 interviews with Dr. Watson introduce the reader to Dr. Jean Watson’s 10 CaritasTM processes as universal to human caring and outline her 7 Sacred Sutras. This video will serve as the foundation for profound discussions on the nature of caring in today’s healthcare system.
Nursing The Future™ acknowledges that nurses across this country live, work and play on the lands of our Indigenous Ancestors and we join our members in expressing respectful gratitude for this privilege.
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