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
Diploma, Nursing, Pittsburgh Hospital, 1961
Certificate, Primary Care, The Catholic University of America, 1998
BSN, Nursing, St. Louis University, 1963
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 Rita M. McGinley symposium on justice for vulnerable populations. These national symposia, The Face of the Elderly; The Face of the Immigrant, The Face of the Veteran, and The Face of the Child 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 23-24, 2014, the School of Nursing will present The Face of the Person with Mental Illness. 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 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 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 120 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 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
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, Kappa Chaper, Sigma Theta Tau International, 2009, $2,000.
Donley, R. (2015 in press). Healthcare Reform and global issues. In R. Kearney-
Nuttering (ED.). Advancing Your Practice: Concepts of Profession Nursing (pp.). F.A.Davis
Donley, Sr. R. (2014, in press) Concepts of dermatology and common disorders
of the skin. In T. Capriotti & J. Frizzell. Pathophysiology. Philadelphia, PA.: F.A. Davis.
Donley, R. (2014, in press). 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, Summer). 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