I was sharing the platform with Jean Watson, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, distinguished professor and dean emerita, University of Colorado Denver, College of Nursing; Living Legend, American Academy of Nursing (2013); and founder/director, Watson Caring Science Institute. More than 20 years had passed since I first met Watson, when she gave a lecture at the University of Edinburgh. Since then, our contact has been by correspondence. She was one of my reviewers during my time as editor-in-chief of Journal of Clinical Nursing, and she oversaw my contributions to both editions of her book Assessing and Measuring Caring in Nursing and Health Science. I neither pretend to understand nor agree with everything Watson says about nursing and caring, but she is a captivating public speaker and fantastic company.
She shared my consternation that we had to endure a three-hour gala conference dinner without a glass of wine, but we had an excellent dinner the next evening—with Taiwan beer—at the world-famous Ding Tai Fung restaurant, at the base of Taipei 101. This was my second Ding Tai Fung experience, as my PhD student Yeh Tzu-Pei and Ting-Ting, another PhD student from National Taipei University, took me to the original Ding Tai Fung restaurant upon my arrival in Taipei.
During my five days in Taiwan, I gave four presentations: a keynote and plenary at EAFONS, a lecture to research students at National Taiwan University Hospital, and a speech to the annual general meeting of STTI’s Lambda Beta Chapter-at-Large, at the invitation of Pei-Shan Tsai, PhD, professor and associate dean of Taipei Medical University College of Nursing. I attended EAFONS at the invitation of Lian Hua-Huang, PhD, professor and former dean of nursing at National Taiwan University, and she was a generous and attentive host.
|Never give this man a microphone. Yours Truly at the|
plenary session with Taiwanese colleagues.
|Yours Truly surrounded by fans.|
That's orange juice I'm drinking.
Podcasting continues, and people seem to be listening to them. Mrs. Watson prefers the shorter ones, she tells me.