Chair and assistant dean of the graduate program and was involved in early planning and implementation of the nursing doctorate program in Colorado in 1978
Dean of the University School of Nursing and associate director, Nursing Practice at University Hospital from 1983 to 1990.
A professor of nursing and holds the Endowed Chair in Caring Science at the University Of Colorado School Of Nursing.
Nursing: The Philosophy and Science of Caring – 1979 – this book emerged from her quest to bring new meaning and dignity to the world of nursing and patient care – care that seemed too limited in its scope at the time, largely defined by medicine’s paradigm and traditional biomedical science models.
Postmodern Nursing and Beyond - 1999 – Watson’s third work projects nursing and health care into the midtwenty-first century.This seeks to illuminate “…a model of caring and healing practices that take medicine, nursing, and the public beyond traditional western medicine, beyond the “cure at all cost” approach, and embeds caring and healing practices in a new paradigm that acknowledges the symbiotic relationship between humankind-technology-nature and the larger expansive universe.