Metas de Enfermería

Metas de Enfermería

MARZO 2005 N° 2 Volumen 8

Theory of human care. A coffee with Watson 

Section: History and Fundamentals of Nursing

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Guillaumet i Olives M, Fargues i García I, Subirana i Casacuberta M, Bros i Serra M. Teoría del cuidado humano. Un café con Watson. Metas de Enferm mar 2005; 8(2): 28-32


Montse Guillaumet i Olives1, Isabel Fargues i García2, Mireia Subirana i Casacuberta3, Mont Bros i Serra4


Diplomada en Enfermería. Profesora de teoría y práctica clínica de la asignatura Fundamentos de Enfermería. Escola

Contact address

Escola Universitària d’Infermeria. Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau UAB. C/ S. Antoni M. Claret, 167. 08025 Barcelona

Contact email: mguillaumet@santpau.es


It is difficult to imagine how one can work without having a critical mind nor conceptual models guiding the practice, training, research and management of nursing care. The paradigm of the transformation represents a change of mentality without precedent and constitutes the basis of an opening of nursing science towards the world.
This paradigm has inspired new conceptions of nursing discipline, among these, the theory of Human Care, developed by Dr J. Watson.
To care for the sick is the core of the nursing profession. Nevertheless, analysing the present social and healthcare context, we must carry out a conscious effort to preserve this principle in the practice, the teaching, the research and the management of our profession.
The theory of Human Care from J. Watson is one of the keys to achieve this undertaking. Her theory provides as the main concepts re factors and the moment of "caring", and also develops a transpersonal relation. Her theory serves as a guide towards a professional commitment governed by ethical norms. This commitment must be an essential motivating factor in the care process.
The paper also describes the application of her theory in the daily provision of care, management, training, and in research.



Theory of human care; Watson; caring moment; transpersonal relation

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Teoría del cuidado humano. Un café con Watson