Watson awarded college’s first honorary doctorate

By Staff


Jean Watson, distinguished professor of the Murchison-Scoville Endowed Chair in Caring Science at the University of Colorado Denver and former CU College of Nursing dean, recently was awarded an honorary doctorate at the Japanese Red Cross Tokyo College of Nursing. This was the first honorary doctorate awarded by the college.

Watson presented a banner from the Watson Caring Science Institute to officials at the Japanese Red Cross Tokyo College of Nursing. While in Tokyo, Watson gave a presentation at Jikei University School of Nursing in conjunction with Tokyo Women’s Hospital. She also traveled to Hiroshima, Japan, where she was the honorary chair of the International Hiroshima Conference on Caring and Peace, March 24-25, and the First Global Caritas Consortium gathering on March 22. The two conferences were sponsored by Japanese Red Cross Hiroshima CON and the Watson Caring Science Institute.

Watson’s caring philosophy is used to guide transformative models of caring and healing practices for nurses and patients alike, in diverse settings worldwide. She has been featured in numerous national videos on nursing theory and the art of nursing, and is the recipient of several national awards, including the Fetzer Institute Norman Cousins Award, in recognition of her commitment to developing, maintaining and exemplifying relationship-centered care practices. She is the author/co-author of more than 14 books on caring, including many that are award-winners.