Evidence Based Practice and Nursing Research

October 2012

Kristen M. Swanson, RN, PhD, FAAN
Dean and Alumni Distinguished Professor
Univesity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Dr. Swanson visited Vanderbilt for Research Day, October 17, 2012, to present on her mid-range theory of caring. Dr. Swanson began her research career studying under Jean Watson, who developed a Theory of Caring. Dr. Swanson has modified this theory based upon empirical findings from her research on pregnancy and early fetal loss. Through the interplay between research, theory and practice Dr. Swanson’s theory has been translated into practice at University of North Carolina. The theory, and the model tested at UNC, involves the 5 C’s of caring: (1) caring capacity, (2) concerns and commitments, (3) conditions, (4) caring actions, and (5) consequences.
For those of you who want to read more, here are several articles on Swanson’s Caring Theory.

Translating Caring Theory Into Practice - 2011
Nursing as Informed Caring for the Well-Being of Others - 2007
Empirical Development of Middle Range Theory of Caring - 1991

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