Treating self, clients, and colleagues with care is an important aspect of nursing practice, yet hectic and overwhelming work environments can sometimes make it difficult to find practical and realistic ways to express caring on a consistent basis. My research related to caring and mindfulness has shown that incorporating quick and simple mindfulness practices into brief moments throughout the day will support self-care, client care, and peer care, and lend new meaning and purpose to daily work and life.

I have created a FREE Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) to help nurses and other allied health professionals learn about caring through the lenses of Jean Watson’s Human Caring Science and Thich Nhat Hanh’s Mindfulness Practices. Anyone with access to the Internet can sign up for the course. To date, over 2,000 people from all over the world have accessed the course contents and participated in lively discussion boards where sharing about caring and mindfulness across disciplines, specialty areas, regions, and cultures takes place in a supported and vibrant global caring community. I hope you will join us! It is a low stress, fun, fascinating, and exciting way to re-energize and recommit to caring for yourself and for the world.

The course is offered in January and May of each year and the next session will begin January 9, 2017. Registration is open now. Go to canvas.net, search for “Caring Science, Mindful Practice” and enroll. It’s that easy.


This course provides tools for caring professionals to 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 4-week class session. Certificates of completion will be earned by participants who complete 80% of the course content.

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Upon completion of this course, learners 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.

Topical areas include:

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

This book compliments the course and is recommended but not required:

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

Kathleen Sitzman, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF

Kathleen Sitzman, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF

Kathleen Sitzman, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF, is Professor, Undergraduate Nursing Science, East Carolina University, NC. Prior to that she was simultaneously Director, Bachelor of Integrated Studies Program, Weber State University, Ogden, UT, and faculty in the School of Nursing. Dr. Sitzman has been a nurse since 1983 and has produced scholarly work that contributes to the nursing profession and body of knowledge on international, national, state, community, and local levels. She has been Co-PI or PI on ten research projects, several of which focused on nursing students’ perception of caring online. She has received numerous awards for her scholarship, mentorship, and teaching, including the Jean Watson Award for outstanding scholarship in caring science from the International Association for Human Caring (2007-2008). Dr. Sitzman has published more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and has co-authored two textbooks: Understanding the Work of Nurse Theorists: A Creative Beginning, 2nd Edition (2011) and Nursing History: Trends and Eras (2010).
Kathleen Sitzman, PhD, RN, CNE, ANEF

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