Volume 25, Issue 4 p. 352-357

Nursing as Informed Caring for the Well-Being of Others

Kristen M. Swanson

Kristen M. Swanson

Kristen M. Swanson, RN, PhD, FAAN, Psi-At-Large, is Associate Professor of Parent and Child Nursing at the University of Washington. This article is based on insights derived from counseling women in the Miscarriage Caring Project, funded by the National Center for Nursing Research (R29 NR01899). Special thanks to Carol Leppa, RN, PhD, Katherine Klaich, RN, PhC, and Suzanned Sikma, RN, PhC of the Miscarriage Caring Project. Correspondence to University of Washington, Parent and Child Nursing SC-74, Seattle, WA 98195.

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First published: December 1993
Citations: 218


Assumptions about four main phenomena of concern to nursing (persons/ clients, health/well-being, environments and nursing) are presented and an elaboration is made of the structure of a theory of caring. The issues that arise when nursing is viewed as “informed caring for the well-being of others is also examined.”