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Jean Watson, PhD, RN

College of Nursing

Fulbright Scholar

Goteborg, Sweden 1991-1992


Caring Theory and Transplant Care Research in Goteborg, Sweden

Jean Watson, Distinguished Professor of Nursing, spend three months in Sweden as the first nurse scholar to receive a Fulbright Research and Teaching Award in Sweden. Watson was sponsored by the University of Goteborg, Department of Advanced Nursing Education, and her experience provided a rare opportunity for personal and professional growth.

Watson was able to contribute to nursing’s development beyond the United States, and to collaborate with international colleagues. She viewed the experience as mutually satisfying, in that her interests and work in "caring philosophy and theory" and Sweden’s academic terminology of “caring science”, as well as Sweden's social and political commitment to a caring society, were congruent. 

During her time spent in Sweden, Watson taught a doctoral course on "caring theory" and engaged in consultation, workshops, seminars, and public lectures; she also conducted clinical research and studied the Swedish educational and health care system.


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