Date of Graduation

Fall 12-13-2019

Document Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)


School of Nursing and Health Professions




Executive Leader DNP

First Advisor

Dr. Juli Maxworthy

Second Advisor

Dr. Elena Capella


Problem: Hospitals have moved from caring, healing environments to business or economic models of caring institutions that focus on census instead of on patients and on technology instead of on touch or human connection (Watson, 2006).

Context: As nurse leaders, we have an obligation to create an environment of authentic, professional, human caring practices within our organizations. Caring science empowers nurses to balance the art and science of clinical judgment by engaging and collaborating with the patient and their family, focusing on the needs of the whole person, honoring the unique perception of health and healing, and engaging them to make decisions that nurture their wellbeing (Foss-Durant, McDermott, Kinney, & Triner, 2015). Integration of a theory-based professional practice, such as caring science, facilitates the connection between the nurse, patient, family, and members of the healthcare team by engaging in authentic, human caring relationships.

Intervention: This DNP project intervention focused on connecting the dots of the multiple initiatives for the staff at the bedside through caring science as the foundation for professional practice, utilizing the caritas coaches within the organization to co-create, design, implement, and evaluate the effectiveness of a standardized experiential Caring Science/Heart Science learning series for the professional nurses within this organization.

Measures: Assessing and evaluating the impact of the Caring Science/Heart Science education program was evaluated using the Caring Factor Survey – Care Provider Version (CFS-CPV) and the organization’s custom HCAPHS question, Nurses treated me with loving kindness.

Included in

Nursing Commons