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Christine Dardet, APR

Historic Gathering of Nursing Scholars Focuses on Caring in Nursing

BOCA RATON, FL (April 23, 2008) – Six of the most recognized nursing scholars, whose work has focused on Caring in nursing, gathered for a historic dialogue on Monday, March 31 at the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University.    This event marked the first time that the scholars have gathered together for dialogue focused on the advancement of Caring in nursing.  

The scholars included Anne Boykin, Madeleine Leininger, Marilyn Ray, Sister Simone Roach, Marlaine Smith, Jean Watson and Zane Wolf.   All shared their vision of the future of knowledge development related to Caring and how that knowledge can make a difference in health and health care.

In a morning plenary session, more than 200 faculty, students, alumni and community nursing leaders gathered in the College of Nursing auditorium. Leininger, a prolific author, nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize and one of the first nurse anthropologists, presented her research on how Caring is expressed in various cultures. She spoke about the male role of protection in Papua, New Guinea and other cultures. Watson, distinguished professor at the University of Colorado, described her work in consulting with hospitals that are developing practice models based on Caring throughout the U.S.   Roach, a prominent Canadian nurse philosopher and author, focused on the sacred acts of Caring in everyday nursing practice. Wolf, dean of nursing at LaSalle University, urged nursing administrators to formalize Caring as expectations within health care policies and processes.   Through the story of a colleague’s recent experience receiving care for a serious illness, Ray, professor emeritus at the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and noted theorist, asserted the importance of preserving the language of Caring in medical information systems.  

The afternoon session was an open dialogue among the scholars, faculty and doctoral students.

The Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing is internationally recognized as a hub for the study and advancement of Caring in nursing and houses the only Archives of Caring in the world.

“Our hope is that the College will be a beacon for those devoted to the study of Caring, and living it to touch lives and transform health care,” said Anne Boykin, dean and professor of the College.

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Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing is committed to nurturing the wholeness of persons and environment through Caring.

Florida Atlantic University opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serv es more than 26,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses strategically located along 150 miles of Florida's southeastern coastline. Building on its rich tradition as a teaching university, with a world-class faculty, FAU hosts nine colleges:  College of Architecture, Urban & Public Affairs, Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Biomedical Science, the Barry Kaye College of Business, the College of  Education, the College of  Engineering & Computer Science, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science.

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