Objective: To reflect about the state of the art in nursing as the use of Transpersonal Caring Theory of Jean Watson.
Methods: Bibliometric study developed in the Virtual Health Library and the theses/dissertations database cataloged at the Center for Studies and Research in Nursing of the Brazilian Nursing Association, from 1999 to 2014, using the descriptor "Nursing" associated to the keywords "transpersonal care" and "Jean Watson." Data collection was conducted between May and June 2016. It was selected 43 works submitted to a quantitative analysis for the year and the publication of region, method of research and field of expertise.
Results: Among the selected publications, 30 are dissertations and theses and 13 correspond to scientific articles published in national and international journals. The year 2000 was the one with the highest number of publications (06). Regarding the type of study, 34 used a qualitative approach, and of these 17 were classified as exploratory and descriptive studies. Using the theory of Transpersonal Caring for Nursing was identified in 31 studies conducted in settings of primary and tertiary care.
Conclusion: The results have highlighted an overview of using the Transpersonal Caring Theory of Jean Watson, which confirms the commitment to consolidate the scientific body of nursing, favoring the use of this theoretical support in practice and contributing to the growth of the profession.
Prof. Dr. Bilal BİLGİN