The nursing team at Hackensack Meridian Old Bridge and Raritan Bay Medical Center’s have been honored with the Lotus Recognition Award from the Watson Caring Science Institute.
This recognition was created to celebrate real-life examples of the values, philosophy, and human caring theory guided by Watson’s Caring Science and reflects the organization’s caring-healing culture for team members, patients, and communities.
Watson Caring Science Institute is an international non-profit 501C(3) organization that advances the unitary philosophies, theories and practices of ‘Caring Science’, developed by the renowned Jean Watson, Ph.D., RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, LL (AAN). Caring Science is a transdisciplinary approach that incorporates the art and science of nursing and includes concepts from the fields of philosophy, ethics, ecology and mind-body-spirit medicine. The Lotus award was presented to the nursing team at Old Bridge and Raritan Bay Medical Centers during a ceremony held recently.
The recognition focused on both hospitals’ exemplary commitment to Watson’s Caring Science culture and the 10 Caritas Processes®, which were exhibited through modalities as an integral part of patient care and healing. Available modalities include acupressure, aromatherapy, breathwork, guided imagery, hand massage, music, reflexology, Reiki, reflective listening, therapeutic environment, and yoga.
“We are honored to receive the prestigious Lotus recognition that spotlights our incredible nursing team,” said Jane O’Rouke, chief nursing officer, Old Bridge and Raritan Bay Medical Center’s.”
“I am so proud of our nursing team at both Old Bridge and Raritan Bay Medical Center’s for being the 4th and 5th in the nation to receive the Lotus award,” said Patricia Carroll, FACHE, president, chief hospital executive, Old Bridge and Raritan Bay Medical Center’s. “This honor is a true testament to the dedication and compassion our nursing team provides each day.”
ABOUT WATSON CARING SCIENCE INSTITUTE
The Watson Caring Science Institute (WCSI) is an international non-profit organization that advances the philosophies, theories, and practices of Human Caring/Caring Science. It was founded by Jean Watson, Ph.D., RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, LL (AAN) who serves as founder and director. Focusing on research, education, praxis, leadership, and legacy, the institute aims to widen the development and understanding of Watson’s Caring Science to inform our notion of quality care and healing environments. Currently, there are over 400 hospitals throughout the USA with many other partner healthcare systems globally using Watson’s Caring Science and Human Caring Theory. There are now over 400 trained practitioner leaders or ‘Caritas Coaches®’ worldwide. Texts on Watson’s theory of caring are taught in universities worldwide and translated into over seven languages. To become a National Caring Science System™ of WCSI, an organization must demonstrate specific criteria related to authentic human caring-healing practices for its whole community. For more information, please visit www.watsoncaringscience.org.
ABOUT HACKENSACK MERIDIAN HEALTH
Hackensack Meridian Health is a leading not-for-profit health care organization that is the largest, most comprehensive and truly integrated health care network in New Jersey, offering a complete range of medical services, innovative research and life-enhancing care. The network has 18 hospitals and more than 500 patient care locations, which include ambulatory care centers, surgery centers, home health services, long-term care and assisted living communities, ambulance services, lifesaving air medical transportation, rehabilitation centers, urgent care centers, physician practice locations, and a fitness and wellness center. With more than 35,000 team members and 7,000 physicians, Hackensack Meridian Health is a distinguished leader in health care philanthropy and committed to the health and well-being of communities throughout New Jersey.
The network’s notable distinctions include having more U.S. News-ranked hospitals than any other health system in New Jersey, as ranked by U.S. News & World Report, 2022-23. Hackensack University Medical Center is nationally-ranked by U.S. News & World Report in four specialties, more than any other hospital in New Jersey. Joseph M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital at Hackensack University Medical Center, and K. Hovnanian Children’s Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center, are ranked #1 in the state and top 20 in the Mid-Atlantic Region by U.S. News & World Report’s 2022-23 Best Children’s Hospital Report. Additionally, their combined nephrology program ranks in the top 50 in the United States. To learn more, visit www.hackensackmeridianhealth.org.
SOURCE; HACKENSACK MERIDIAN HEALTH