by Allie Smith

UWG nursing students with their artThe mission of the University of West Georgia’s Tanner Health System School of Nursing is to exemplify academic excellence in a caring environment by providing quality undergraduate and graduate education to meet current and evolving health care needs within the global community.

As such, caring is an integral part of the curriculum for THSSON.

Nursing students in Dr. Kelly Dyar’s class on professional concepts study professionalism and professional identity, communication, legal issues, clinical reasoning, informatics, teamwork assigning and delegating, and health care quality.

“We learn Jean Watson’s theory of human caring, discussing how our students can use it to implement the professional concepts of the course,” said Dyar, assistant professor of nursing. “In this project, students were asked to synthesize what they learned in the course and aesthetically represent the concepts and a theory of caring.”

A work of art completed by UWG nursing studentsWatson’s theory of human caring is an essential component of the course and the nursing profession as a whole. This theory indicates that a nurses’ role is to be the center of healing and to help patients move toward a sense of self-recovery. Through the framework of this theory, students are taught to care for patients with authentic presence and intentionality.

At the end of the course, Dyar’s students created aesthetic representations of what they learned. In a variety of ways, students communicated their understanding of Watson’s theory and other concepts learned in class, while being able to express their individual creativity.

Photography by Steven Broome

Posted on October 9, 2019