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Sr. Rosemary Donley, PhD, APRN, FAAN

Professor, Jacques Laval Chair for Social Justice
School of Nursing

Fisher 534
Phone: 412.396.6555


PhD, Higher Ed / Public Health, University of Pittsburgh, 1972
MNEd, Medical Nursing, University of Pittsburgh, 1966
Diploma, Nursing, Pittsburgh Hospital, 1961
Certificate, Primary Care, The Catholic University of America, 1998
BSN, Nursing, St. Louis University, 1963

As a member of the 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 Rita M. McGinley symposia on justice for vulnerable populations. These national symposia, The Face of the Elderly; The Face of the Immigrant and The Face of the Veteran, 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 24-25, 2013, the School of Nursing will present The Face of the Child. Sr. Rosemary also teaches graduate seminars in health policy and social justice and works with family nurse practitioner faculty and students.

Sr. Rosemary earned a master's degree in nursing education with a concentration in medical nursing and a PhD in Higher Education and Public Health from the University of Pittsburgh. In 1977, Sr. Rosemary 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 she received several grants such as one from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to develop A Teaching Nursing Home. Seven years later, she was named Executive Vice President of CUA. She served as the chief operating office of the university for eleven years. After serving as the Executive Vice President of CUA, she completed a post master's certificate in primary care and then returned to full time teaching and research having been certified as an adult nurse practitioner. During her last years at CUA, she served as the project director on four federally funded grants (3.2 million dollars) to educate nurses, especially minority nurses, to work with vulnerable populations. With her colleagues, she educated nurses as clinical specialists in community/public health nursing, immigrant, refugee and global health, and as 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 past Senior Editor of Image: The Journal of Nursing Scholarship. She has authored over 100 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 faculty member at the Tri-Service Nursing Research grant camps. Sr. Rosemary also serves as a member of the Department of Veterans Affairs' Special Medical Advisory Group (SMAG).

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 in 2009, she was awarded the Elizabeth Seton Medal from Seton Hill University.


Last 5 Years

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, Kappa Chaper, Sigma Theta Tau International, 2009, $2,000.

Mentor - Agnes Burkhard, Ph.D. Candidate, 2007-08 recipient of the LEND Leadership Education in Neurodevelopment Disabilities traineeship
Funding Source - Children's National Medical Center, $10,000.

Project Director - Immigrant, Refugee and Global Health Clinical Nurse Specialist
Funding Source - Department of Health and Human Services, HRSA, 2006-2009,
Contact/Grant Number, D09 HP07321, $778,077.



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.

Donley, Sr. R., Flaherty, Sr. M.J., Sarsfield, E., Burkhard, A. &Leaver, C. (September,
2008).Community/Public Health nurses make a difference every day.  District of
Columbia Nurse
, 5,4, 30.

 Donley, Sr. R. & Flaherty, Sr. M.J. (30 September 2008). Overview and summary: Professional pathways in nursing: Options to seek, start, and sustain a career.  Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, http://www.nursingworld.org/ojin/. 

 Donley, Sr. R. (2008).  Health care issues in the new millenium.  In R.K. Nunnery (Ed.). Advancing your career: Concepts of professional nursing practice, 4th. edition.  (pp. 403-416). Philadelphia, PA: F.A.Davis.

Donley, Sr. R. & Flaherty, Sr. M.J. (30 September 2008).  Promoting professional development: Three phases of articulation in nursing education and practice.  Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, http://www.nursingworld.org/ojin/.

Donley, Sr. & Flaherty, Sr. M.J. (May 8, 2008).  A comparative analysis of the first and
  second position statements on the education of nurses.  OJIN,


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