Our concern, caring and grateful thanks go out to all those who are working to help us deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, and particularly to those who are in the forefront, caring for the Ill.
The MRCSC conference scheduled for September 29, 2020 at Endicott College, entitled The Power of Nurse Caring and Community in Turbulent Times: Cultivating Resiliency with Mindfulness and Storytelling, was intended to Celebrate the Year of the Nurse and Midwife, callings which have become even more profoundly important in the midst of the pandemic. Because of safety considerations and restrictions on large-group meetings imposed as a response to COVID-19, this conference has been postponed.
However, MRCSC remains committed to provide nurses and other health providers with opportunities to explore the philosophy, ethic, and caring-healing practices for self, colleagues and patients. Therefore, MRCSC is offering a free online CEU Program, entitled, Caring for Nurses Amid Covid-19: Mindfulness and Cultivating Resiliency, on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 from 11:00 am to 12:00 noon. More details are posted on the EVENTS page of this site.
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 professions to share and explore Caring Science and caring practices that foster and sustain personal and professional well-being and growth, healing relationships, healthy work environments, and best outcomes in patient care. Toward this goal, the MRCSC offers local no-fee semi-annual or annual conferences in partnership with schools of nursing or health care institutions. Please see the MRCSC ABOUT page for more information on history and past conferences.
This website serves to increase communication about and registration for the local MRCSC conferences, as well as to provide information about other local, national, and global Caring Science and caring practice initiatives, educational opportunities, and conferences.
The 7th MRCSC conference on The Power of Caring Science Practices to Create Healing Work Environments, featuring Dr. Jean Watson, renowned nurse theorist of Caring Science and the afternoon Fireside Chat with Jean Watson and Joan Vitello were held November 5 at UMass Worcester Graduate School of Nursing. Both sessions were well attended and extremely well received. Photos are posted in the Photo Galleries page of this site. The audio recording of the afternoon session is accessible at – https://echo360.org/media/687769e6-e946-486c-b67d-df3dfccea709/public.
We thank UMass Worcester Graduate School of Nursing for providing the venues and, for the morning session, the excellent breakfast and continuing education credits; the volunteers who helped organize and run the conference; the staff of the UMass Worcester Medical School, Graduate School of of Nursing for their generous efforts and cooperation; and of course the speakers, particularly Dr. Watson and Dr. Vitello, for sharing their time and expertise.
“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.)