Online Education | Med-Surg | Focused Caring

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Focused Caring

Swanson's Caring Theory outlines five ways of caring for patients that can help them feel understood, valued, safe, capable and hopeful. Through case studies and personal anecdotes, Dr. Swanson relates the history and practical application of her theory of care.


Video still of Kristen SwansonKristen Swanson, PhD, RN, FAAN
Dean, College of Nursing, Seattle University, Seattle, WA





Comments from Past Participants

"This lecture has given me a sense of optimism, dignity, and respect for my profession, my fellow nurses, and for the institution I work for. I believe that we are all truly striving to create a space of healing with the focus on the patient while balancing competencies, safety, and positive outcomes."

"I work on a busy floor. Sometimes it gets crazy and I run around trying to finish tasks, becoming 'task-oriented' rather than 'care-oriented'. The lecture reminded me once again of the compassionate nature of this profession and why I chose to be a nurse."


Objectives for Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be better able to:

  1. Define caring.
  2. Identify the importance of caring to patient safety.
  3. Link the five caring categories to expected healing responses.

Additional Information

Audio and Video
Course summary
Maximum credit available: 
  • 1.16 Contact hours

Available Credit

  • 1.16 Contact hours


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