Jean Watson was born in a small town in West Virginia in the 1940s. She graduated from the Lewis Gale School of Nursing in Roanoke, Virginia, in 1961 and continued her nursing studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she earned a B.S. in 1964, an M.S. in psychiatric and mental health nursing in 1966, and a Ph.D. in educational psychology and counseling in 1973.
She is a distinguished Professor of Nursing and holds an endowed Chair in Caring Science at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center. 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.
Jean Watson’s research has been in the area of Human Caring and Loss. She has written several books including the Philosophy and Science of Caring. Watson strongly believes that the main focus of nursing is on carative factors. She believes that for nurses to develop humanistic philosophies and value system, a strong liberal arts background is necessary.