Full course description

Course Date:

Jan 9 - Feb 12, 2017

Duration:

4 weeks

Commitment:

2-4 hours per week

Requirement:

Required Textbook

Course Type:

Instructor-led

Credential:

Certificate

Description

This course provides tools to help caring professionals enhance professional caring practices in everyday work environments. Learners will be introduced to Watson’s Caring Science. Exploration and learning related to key concepts will be supported through the introduction of mindfulness practice, reflective narrative, and contemplative art. Asynchronous discussion, moderated by a team of educators knowledgeable in Caring Science, will provide a forum for ongoing interaction and discovery among participants during each four-week class session. Participants who complete all of the course learning modules will earn certificates of completion. Read More.

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Explain Watson’s 10 Caritas Processes.
  • Describe how mindfulness practice might be useful in supporting deepened understanding and practice of Caring Science.
  • Provide professional examples that illustrate Watson’s 10 Caritas.
  • Provide professional examples that illustrate Transpersonal Caring Moments.
  • Discuss how Watson’s Caritas Consciousness Touchstones for Cultivating Love might be useful in everyday professional caring practice.

Teaching strategies include:

  • Course-specific reading materials in either print and/or online formats
  • Asynchronous online postings and discussion boards
  • Online reflective journaling
  • Multimedia presentations as appropriate in the online setting

Topical areas include:

  • Mindfulness and cultivating understanding of Watson’s Theory of Caring
  • Overview of Watson’s Theory
  • Thich Nhat Hanh’s 5 mindfulness trainings
  • Transpersonal Caring Moments
  • The 10 Caritas
  • Caritas Consciousness Touchstones for Cultivating Love

This class will be pass/fail. Students earning 80% of the total points available in the course will receive a passing grade and earn the corresponding certificate of completion.

Required textbook:

Sitzman, K., Watson, J. (2014). Caring Science, Mindful Practice. New York, New York: Springer Publishing.

Objectives

  • Explain Watson’s 10 Caritas Processes
  • Describe how mindfulness practice might be useful in supporting deepened understanding and practice of Caring Science
  • Provide practice examples that illustrate Watson’s 10 Caritas
  • Provide practice examples that illustrate Transpersonal Caring Moments
  • Discuss how Watson’s Caritas Consciousness Touchstones for Cultivating Love might be useful in everyday professional practice.

Course Instructors

Kathleen Sitzman, RN, PhD, CNE

Kathleen Sitzman, RN, PhD, CNE

Nursing Professor

Kathleen Sitzman, RN, PhD, CNE is a nursing professor at East Carolina University School of Nursing. Before coming to the ECU in 2012, she taught in the Weber State University (WSU) School of Nursing and was the director of the WSU Bachelor of Integrated Studies Program. She earned her BSN and MSN from the University of Utah, and her PhD from the University of Northern Colorado. In addition to being a nurse educator, she is a well-known author and caring science researcher.