ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. — More than 500 nurse clinicians, graduate and undergraduate students, administrators and educators were on hand March 2 at the Molloy College Division of Nursings third annual doctoral forum research lecture and poster sessions, which was themed “Caring in Nursing: Theory, Science and Philosophy.”
The event featured Jean Watson, RN, PhD, AHN-BC, FAAN, founder and director, Watson Caring Science Institute, who presented the core parameters of the philosophical and theoretical components of human caring; the 10 Caritas processes and how they relate to nursing practice and self-healing; and methods and modalities that integrate caring science and heart science to create caring-healing environments.
“Central to caring is preserving human dignity and wholeness, along with being respectful, authentic and present to others,” said Watson, who emphasized the need for nurses to take care of themselves in order to take care of others.
The carative processes put language to the caring science, according to Watson, who presented the biogenic nurse-patient relationship as one in which the patient can express positive and negative feelings, discover new insights and find creative solutions.
Her latest work focuses on empirical measurements, international research on caring and postmodern philosophies of caring and healing, and caring science as sacred science.
Nurses, students and educators from local facilities and schools displayed their collaborative research and evidence-based posters outside the theater and discussed their work with attendees during the poster viewing session. Topics ranged from studying the effects of nursing presence on patient satisfaction to nurses experiences working the night shift and an examination of staff attitudes toward working with hospitalized children. Attendees were invited to vote for their three top posters in the Peoples Choice Poster Awards.
First place was awarded to Judith Moran-Peters RN, DNSc, NE-BC, BC, assistant vice president for nursing-critical care services and coordinator-nursing research/evidence-based nursing practice, Huntington (N.Y.) Hospital.
Melisa Vu, RN, BA, BS, staff nurse, SICU, North Shore University Hospital, Manhasset, N.Y., and graduate student, Molloy College; Jessica Varrone, RN, BSN, staff nurse, NICU, New York Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn, and Molloy graduate student; and Susan Vitale RN, PhD, PNP, ANP, Molloy associate professor, were awarded second place.
Molloys Laura Candelaria, RN, MS, FNP, instructor, and Veronica D. Feeg, RN, PhD, FAAN, associate dean and director of the PhD program, were selected as third-place winners.
“The forum has been a growing annual event that succeeds in promoting scholarly and evidence-based conversations and brings to life the clinically driven research so vital to our discipline,” said Feeg, who also is director of the Center for Nursing Research and Scholarly Practice. “In addition, it lays the groundwork for future ideas to flourish.” This years event, which had the largest attendance in its history, was sponsored by Molloys Division of Nursing, the CNRSP and the Epsilon Kappa chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International.
Janice Petrella Lynch, RN, MSN, is a regional nurse executive.