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  • watsonDr. Jean Watson is Distinguished Professor of Nursing and holds an endowed Chair in Caring Science at the University of Colorado Denver and Anschutz Medical Center Campus. She is founder of the original Center for Human Caring in Colorado and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She previously served as Dean of Nursing at the University Health Sciences Center and is a Past President of the National League for Nursing. Her latest activities include Founder and Director of a new non-profit foundation: Watson Caring Science Institute.

    Dr. Watson’s caring philosophy is used to guide transformative models of caring and healing practices for nurses and patients alike, in diverse settings worldwide. Watson has been featured in numerous national videos on nursing theory and the art of nursing. She 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.

    As author /co-author of over 14 books on caring, her latest books range from empirical measurements of caring, to new postmodern philosophies of caring and healing. Her books have been AJN books of the year awards, seek to bridge paradigms as well as point toward transformative models for the 21st century. A new revised edition of her first book, Nursing The Philosophy and Science of Caring is now available - ( A new edition of Assessing and Measuring Caring was published in September, 2008 (Springer Publication, NY). Currently she is working on a new revised work on ‘Creating a Caring Science Curriculum’’ (Springer in progress).

  • quinnDr. Janet F. Quinn has dedicated over 35 years to the teaching, research and practice of whole person healing. She is committed to the creation of a true caring and healing health care system, and believes that the cultivation of authentic spirituality and a life grounded in love and compassion are key elements of healing for health care practitioners and the people they serve. Janet is an InterSpiritual spiritual guide in private practice; Founder/Director of the Touching Body, Tending Soul™ program; founding faculty and Spiritual Director in Residence of the former Claritas Institute Interspiritual Mentor Training Program; Director of HaelanWorks; Associate Professor (adjunct) at the University of Colorado School of Nursing and an elected fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. She is an international speaker and consultant in Re-Visioning the Nursing Shortage; Creating Habitats for Healing; Spirituality and Healing; Integrative Medicine/Nursing; Therapeutic Touch, Healing, Health Professional Sustainability and Healthcare as Spiritual Practice. Janet is the author of a book of affirmations and meditations for women entitled I Am A Woman Finding My Voice, and is president of Wisdom Stones, LLC, which produces and markets touchstones to what matters most. She is also a passionate horsewoman and can often be found hanging out at the barn with her equine friends exploring the healing potential in the horse-human relationship.


  • kreitzerMary Jo Kreitzer, PhD, RN the founder and director of the Center for Spirituality and Healing at the University of Minnesota, discusses the relationship between the design of spaces and health outcomes and how this knowledge is being applied in health care settings. Dr. Kreitzer sites the growing interest in academia and research studies which support the weaving of integrative practices with allopathic medicine into the fabric of health care. There have been well over 1000 studies that resulted in evidence that the physical environment can affect health outcome. She tells us this is a rich time to utilize the finding from these studies, as $16 billion dollars have been invested to construct new hospitals. Mary Jo offers inspiration and advocates the effectiveness of personal action to make changes in our current health care system.
  • dosseyBarbara Dossey, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the holistic nursing movement. She is Director of Holistic Nursing Consultants in Santa Fe, New Mexico and has authored or co-authored 22 books including Florence Nightingale Today: Healing, Leading, Global action (2005). A major focus of her work currently is holistic nursing, compassionate care for the dying, and virtual education. She is also exploring the impact of Florence Nightingale’s life and work on modern nursing and humankind.