Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Nursing (MAN)




The art of caring is foundational to the nursing profession, but too often nurses prioritize care for others above care for themselves. Nurse self-care and peer care are integral in the creation of a unit culture of care. This project introduces a new nursing practice model based on Jean Watson's caring theory and Caritas Processes to guide staff nurses on an obstetrical unit in creating a culture of care for self and peers. The practice model relies on nurse courage, intentional collaboration, and creativity to uniquely integrate the Caritas Processes into professional practice. This progression fosters the emergence of holistic self-care, peer care, and, ultimately, a new culture of care.


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