Sr. Rosemary Donley, PhD, APRN, FAANProfessor, Jacques Laval Chair for Social Justice
School of Nursing
Education:PhD, Higher Ed / Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, 1972
MNEd, Medical Nursing, University of Pittsburgh, 1966
BSN, Nursing, St. Louis University, 1963
Diploma, Nursing, Pittsburgh Hospital, 1961
Certificate, Primary Care, The Catholic University of America, 1998
A Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill, Sr. Rosemary Donley, PhD, APRN, FAAN, came to Duquesne University School of Nursing in 2009 attracted by its commitment to social justice. She holds the Jacques Laval Chair for Justice for Vulnerable Populations in the School of Nursing. Each year, she spearheads the McGinley-Rice symposium on justice for vulnerable populations. These national symposia, The Face of the Elderly; The Face of the Immigrant, The Face of the Veteran, The Face of the Child, The Face of the Person with Mental Illness, The Face of the Person who has Experienced Violence and The Face of the Person with an Addiction, awaken awareness and stimulate action on behalf of justice. A comprehensive description of these symposia can be found at www.duq.edu/social-justice. In October 25-26, 2018, the School of Nursing will present The Face of the Person who has been Trafficked. Sr. Rosemary also teaches graduate seminars in health policy and social justice and works with family nurse practitioner faculty and students.
Early in Sr. Rosemary's career, she was selected as a Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow where she honed her knowledge and skill in health policy on Capitol Hill. In 1979, Sr. Rosemary became Dean of Nursing at The Catholic University of America where with a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation she developed A Teaching Nursing Home. She also received a Nursing Research Emphasis Grant from the Division of Nursing. Seven years later, she was named Executive Vice President of CUA. She served as the chief operating office of the university for eleven years. She then completed a post master's certificate in primary care and became a certified adult nurse practitioner. Returning to full time teaching and research, she served as the project director on four federally funded grants (3.2 million dollars) to educate graduate nursing students, especially minority nurses, to work with vulnerable populations. With her colleagues, she prepared clinical specialists in community/public health nursing, immigrant, refugee and global health, and blended role practitioners, family nurse practitioners and community/public health specialists. She was also instrumental in educating nurses to be teachers of community/public health. Her research has been focused on assisting vulnerable populations, the aged and people with end stage renal disease, and in health policy.
Sr. Rosemary has positively influenced the nursing discipline and the health of our citizens by serving as President of the National League for Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and as chair of CGFNS. She also served as Senior Editor of The Journal of Nursing Scholarship. She has authored over 130 publications and chapters in books and has presented papers throughout the United States, Kenya, Spain, The People's Republic of China, Puerto Rico, the Philippines, Guam, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Brazil, Argentina, Germany, Israel, Canada, Russia, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Armenia. She has worked extensively with the U.S. Army and Navy Medical Commands; served on the peer review panel of Tri-Service Nursing Research group and as a research panelist for the Nursing Research Initiative Program at the Office of Research and Development, Veterans Administration. Sr. Rosemary was a member of the Department of Veterans Affairs' Special Medical Advisory Group (SMAG). She currently serves on the Catholic Youth Association's Board of Directors.
She has been honored with membership in the Institute of Medicine and the American Academy of Nursing. She is the recipient of seven honorary degrees and the Nell J. Watts Lifetime Achievement in Nursing Award. She was named a living legend by the Academy of Nursing and awarded the Elizabeth Seton Medal from Seton Hill University and the Immaculata Medal from Immaculata University. Oakland Catholic named her a Leading Lady.
Last 5 Years
Grant writer and Project Consultant BHPR: NEPQR Program: Veteran's Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing
Funding Source - Department of Health and Human Services, HRSA, 2014-2017,
Contract/Grant Number: 113930
Chair, Planning Committee - Fifth Annual Rita M. McGinley Symposium, Exploring Social Justice: The Face of the Person with Mental Illness, Duquesne University School of Nursing, 2014
Funding Source - Rita M. McGinley Foundation and sponsors
Chair, Planning Committee - Fourth Annual Rita M. McGinley Symposium, Exploring Social Justice: The Face of the Child. Duquesne University School of Nursing, 2013
Funding Source - Rita M. McGinley Foundation, McAuley Ministries, Sponsors
Chair, Planning Committee - Third Annual Rita M. McGinley Symposium, Exploring Social Justice: The Face of the Veteran. Duquesne University School of Nursing, 2012
Funding Source - Rita M. McGinley Foundation, Eden Hall Foundation, Sponsors
Chair, Planning Committee - Second Annual Rita M. McGinley Symposium, Exploring Social Justice: The Face of the Immigrant. Duquesne University School of Nursing, 2011
Funding Source - Rita M. McGinley Foundation, Sponsors
Chair, Planning Committee - First Annual Rita M. McGinley Symposium, Exploring Social Justice: The Face of the Elderly. Duquesne University School of Nursing, 2010
Funding Source - Rita M. McGinley Foundations, $400,000; Sponsors, $15,000
Principal Investigator - A Survey of the Role Perceptions of Graduate Clinical Nurse Preceptors, 2008
Funding Source - Duquesne University School of Nursing, and Kappa Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International, 2009, $8,000.
Donley, R. & Kiraly, C. (submitted, 2016). The DNP prepared nurse's role in health policy and advocacy. In M.E. Glasgow & M Dreyer, ED. Role development for doctoraladvanced nursing practice. New York: Springer.
Kataponi, M., Jones, T., Lockhart, J., Mendelshohn-Victor, Duquette, D., Northouse, L.L.,Duffy, S., Donley, R., Merajver, S.D., Milliron, K. & Roberts, J. S. (2016, April), Genetic services in African American young breast cancer survivors. American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Doi.10:10.1016/j.amepse2016.03.016
Donley, R. (2016). Healthcare reform and global issues. In R. Kearney-Nuttering (ED.). Advancing Your Practice: Concepts of Professional Nursing (pp.304-313.). Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis.
Donley, R. (2016, accepted). Exploring social justice for vulnerable populations: The face of the person with mental illness. Journal Horizonte De Enfermeria, Accepted March 2016
Donley, Sr. R. (2015) Concepts of dermatology and common disorders of the skin. In T. Capriotti & J. Frizzell. Pathophysiology. (pp. 979-1009). Philadelphia, PA.: F.A. Davis.
Donley, R. (2015, May-June). Determinants of Health are the building blocks. Health Progress, 30-33.s
Donley, R. (2014). Teaching ethics to nurses. In. Henk tenHave, (ED). Bioethical education in a global perspective. Chapter 9, pp. 119-132. New York: Springer.
Donley, R. (2014). Teaching ethics to nurses. In. Henk tenHave, (ED). Bioethical education in a global perspective. Chapter 9. New York: Springer.
Donley, R., Flaherty. M.J.,Sarsfield, E., Burkhard, A., O'Brien, S.& Anderson, K. (2014). A Study of Graduate Clinical Nurse Preceptors: Implications for Improved Intra-professional Collaboration. OJIN, 19(3).
Donley, Sr. Rosemary (2013). Closing thoughts: Reflections on the mentoring continuum. In Mary Lou Bond, Susan Baxley and Kristina Ibitayo. Mentoring Today's Nurses (pp. 129-18. Indianapolis IN: Sigma Theta Tau International.
Donley, R. (2013, May-June). Catholic tradition and veterans' care. Health Progress, 5-9. (Second place, Catholic Press Association, 2014 for best essay in the category of professional and special interest magazines).
Donley, R. (2012). Healthcare Reform and Global Issues. In R. Kearney-Nuttering (ED.). Advancing Your Practice: Concepts of Profession Nursing (pp. 350-361). F.A. Davis
Donley, R, (2011). Reflective response to career development strategies to support nurses engaged in doctoral advanced nursing practice: Understanding trends and mining opportunities. In H. M.Dreher & M,E. Smith Glascow (2011). Role Development for Advanced Nursing Practice (pp. 242-244). New York: Springer Publishing Company
Donley, R. (2010). Nursing and Social Justice: The Face of the Elderly. Duquesne University: DORI
Donley, Sr. R. (2010, May-June) Nursing, social justice and the marketplace. Health Progress, 35-37
Donley, Sr. R. (2010) Concepts of dermatology and common disorders of the skin. In T. Capriotti & J. Frizzell. Pathophysiology. Philadelphia, PA.: F.A. Davis.
- Second place, 2014 Catholic Press Association Award for the best essay in the category of professional and special interest magazines for her article, Catholic Tradition and Veteran's Care, that appeared in the May/June 2013 issue of the journal, Health Progress, the official journal of the Catholic Health Association
- Leadership in Advocacy, Honorable Mention Award. Association for Community-Affiliated Plans (ACAP), Washington, DC, 25 2014
- Leading Lady, Oakland Catholic High School, Pittsburgh PA, 2013
- Doctor of Humane Letters, Seton Hall University, 2012.
- Fellow American Academy of Nursing
- Member Institute of Medicine
- Living Legend American Academy of Nursing
- Nell J Watts Lifetime Achievement Award, Sigma Theta Tau International
- Virginia Henderson Fellow
- Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Fellow
- Elizabeth Seton Medal