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 and other conferences focused on caring practices. The 7th Massachusetts Regional Caring Science Consortium Conference is currently being planned, and registration will be opened on this website shortly.
The theme of the 7th Massachusetts Regional Caring Science Consortium (MRCSC) conference is The Power of Caring Science Practices to Create Healing Work Environments. It is being held on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at UMass Worcester Graduate School of Nursing from 7:30 am to 12 noon. The conference features a keynote speaker and 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.
Continental breakfast, parking, and contact hours will be provided, thanks to the UMass Worcester Graduate School of Nursing. Conference details will be posted on this website as they are finalized. There is no fee for the conference, but registration is required by October 4, 2019.
The Sixth Massachusetts Regional Caring Science Consortium Conference was held on Thursday April 4, 2019 at Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts. The theme was The Healing Power of Caring Communication and Relationships with Self and Others in Nursing Practice and Educational Settings. The conference was very well attended, with almost 140 participants. Sheila Davis, DNP, ANP-BC, FAAN, Chief of Clinical Operations and the Chief Nursing Officer at Partners In Health (PIH) was the keynote speaker, with presentations by A. Lynne Wagner, EdD, MSN, RN, FACCE, CHMT and a panel of nurse Caritas Coaches including Pam Cormier, MSN, RN; Michele McCullough, BSN, RN, CPSN; and Laurie Rapson, BSN, RN.
Heartfelt thanks to the Regis College School of Nursing and Dean and Professor Diane Welsh for hosting and sponsoring the conference, and applying for the contact hours.
“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.)