Caring Theory as an Ethical Guide to Administrative and Clinical Practices

Jean Watson
2006 JONA's Healthcare Law, Ethics, and Regulation  
This article explores the conventional relationship between caring, economics, and administrative practices that no longer serve patients, practitioners, or systems. A shift toward human caring values and an ethic of authentic healing relationships is required as systems now have to value human resources and life purposes, inner meanings, and processes for workers and patients alike, not just economics alone. This shift requires a professional ethos with renewed attention to practice that is
more » ... practice that is ethics/values-based and theory-guided, alongside evidence and economics. Emergent professional, caring-theory-guided practice options are presented, which are grounded on this deeper ethicalmoral and theoretical foundation for transforming the practitioners and the system.
doi:10.1097/00128488-200607000-00008 pmid:16957528 fatcat:ysi3drqbxbhjpat3mdym76zqqm