This course explores essential concepts inherent in providing patient centered care. The meaning and essence of therapeutic caring as a foundational construct of the nurse-patient relationship is explored. Theories of caring will be examined within the professional nursing role and the value of relationship based patient centered care will be examined from an individual, unit, and organizational perspective. Evidence-based strategies to enhance relationship based patient centered care will be explored. The relationship among patients, families, colleagues, administrators, health care providers, and others will be analyzed in terms of providing patinent-centered care and achieving quality health outcomes. Legal and ethical issues will be examined.