Welcome to the Massachusetts Regional Caring Science Consortium (MRCSC) website. The MRCSC mission is to increase opportunities for nurses in all roles and other health care providers to reconnect with core values and the heart of their healing profession. The MRCSC is a forum for nurses and other health care professionals to share and explore caring practices that foster and sustain personal and professional well-being, healing relationships, healthy environments and best outcomes in patient care.
This website serves to increase communication of Caring Science initiatives and educational opportunities, including MRCSC local conferences and registration; other conferences focused on caring practices; and shared ongoing discussion around caring topics on the Blog page. Although we are still learning about maintaining a website, it is active and we encourage participation.
The Sixth Massachusetts Regional Caring Science Consortium Conference will be held on Thursday April 4, 2019 from 7:30 AM to Noon at Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts. The theme is The Healing Power of Caring Communication and Relationships with Self and Others in Nursing Practice and Educational Settings. The keynote conference speaker is Sheila Davis, DNP, ANP-BC, FAAN, Chief of Clinical Operations and the Chief Nursing Officer at Partners In Health (PIH)., who brings a rich and global perspective of Caring Communication with world-wide communities and health care partnerships.
The conference will also feature presentations by a panel of nurse Caritas Coaches, graduates of the Watson Caring Science Institute’s Caritas Coach Education Program® (CCEP), which prepares nurses and other health care providers to coach, teach and implement caring-healing philosophy and practices. These coaches will discuss practical caring practice projects they have launched at their workplaces, including topics that address moral distress, difficult end-of-life conversations, and creating healing staff and patient environments in ambulatory, primary, and outpatient care settings. There will be time for interactive questions and discussion and some take-home handouts.
A Continental breakfast, parking, and nursing contact hours will be provided by Regis College. Please go to the EVENTS page for details and registration.
“Nursing’s [and other health profession’s] social, moral, professional, and scientific contributions to human kind and society lie in its commitment to sustain and advance human caring values, knowledge, practices, and ideals in theory, practice, education, and research…” (Watson, J. (2012). Human Caring Science: A Theory of Nursing, Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Learning.)