Jean Watson, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN
Founder/Director Watson Caring Science Institute, a non-profit Foundation
Distinguished Professor Emerita –Dean Emerita
University of Colorado Denver, College of Nursing
American Academy of Nursing, Living Legend, 2013
Anschutz Medical Center
Jean was recently honored with the distinction of “Living Legend” by the American Academy of Nursing, the Academy’s highest recognition of honor.
Jean Watson Named Living Legend, A Message from the Dean, CU College of Nursing, October 2013
Dr. Jean Watson is Distinguished Professor and Dean Emerita, University of Colorado Denver College of Nursing and Anschutz Medical Center, where she held an endowed Chair in Caring Science for 16 years. She is founder of the original Center for Human Caring in Colorado and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She previously served as Dean of Nursing at the University Health Sciences Center and is a Past President of the National League for Nursing.
Her latest activities include Founder and Director of the non-profit foundation: Watson Caring Science Institute. In partnership with Heart science developments, she serves as Distinguished Scholar in Institute of HeartMath (www.heartmath.org).
Dr. Watson has earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing and psychiatric-mental health nursing and holds her PhD in educational psychology and counseling. She is a widely published author and recipient of many awards and honors, including The Fetzer Institute Norman Cousins Award, in recognition of her commitment to developing; maintaining and exemplifying relationship-centered care practices; an international Kellogg Fellowship in Australia, a Fulbright Research Award in Sweden. She holds ten (10) Honorary Doctoral Degrees, including 7 International Honorary Doctorates (Sweden, United Kingdom, Spain, British Colombia and Quebec, Canada, Japan).
Clinical nurses and academic programs throughout the world use her published works on the philosophy and theory of human caring and the art and science of caring in nursing. Dr. Watson’s caring philosophy is used to guide transformative models of caring and healing practices for nurses and patients alike, in diverse settings worldwide
At the University of Colorado, Dr. Watson held the title of Distinguished Professor of Nursing; the highest honor accorded its faculty for scholarly work. In 1999 she assumed the Murchinson-Scoville Chair in Caring Science, the nation’s first endowed chair in Caring Science, based at the University of Colorado Denver & Anschutz Medical Center.
As author /co-author of over 20 books on caring, her latest books range from empirical measurements and international research on caring, to new postmodern philosophies of caring and healing, philosophy and science of caring and caring science as sacred science. Her books have been AJN books of the year awards and seek to bridge paradigms as well as point toward transformative models for this 21st century.