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Rosemarie Rizzo Parse

Dr. Parse is a graduate of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh and received her master's and

doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh. She was a member of the faculty of the University

of Pittsburgh, Dean of the Nursing School at Duquesne University, Professor and Coordinator

of the Center for Nursing Research at Hunter College of the City University of New York

(1983-1993), and Professor and Niehoff Chair at Loyola University Chicago (1993-2006). Since

January 2007 she has been a Consultant and Visiting Scholar at the New York University

College of Nursing. Dr. Parse is founder and current Editor of Nursing Science Quarterly, and

President of Discovery International, Inc. She is also founder of the Institute of Humanbecoming.

Dr. Parse is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing where she initiated and is the

immediate past Chair of the nursing theory-guided practice expert panel. In her role as

Editor of Nursing Science Quarterly, she has spear-headed a well-known, highly cited

venue for nurse scholars to share and to debate matters important to nursing research

and theory development. For this and her other works, Dr. Parse has received several

honors. She has been given two Lifetime Achievement Awards (one from the Midwest

Nursing Research Society and one from the Asian American Pacific Islander Nurses’

Association), the Rosemarie Rizzo Parse Scholarship was endowed in her name at the

Henderson State University School of Nursing, her books were twice named to the

“best picks” list of theory books by Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society in

Nursing, and the Society of Rogerian Scholars honored her with the Martha E. Rogers

Golden Slinky Award. In 2008 she was the recipient of the New York Times Nurse

Educator of the Year Award.

Throughout her career, Dr. Parse has made outstanding contributions to the profession of nursing through her progressive leadership in nursing theory, research, education, and practice. She has explored the ethics of human dignity, set forth humanbecoming tenets of human dignity, and developed leading-following, teaching-learning, mentoring, and family models that are used worldwide. She has published 9 books and more than 100 articles and editorials about matters pertinent to nursing. Dr. Parse is a sought-after speaker who has shared her knowledge and passion in over 300 local, national, and, international presentations and workshops in more than 30 countries on 5 continents. Her works have been translated into many languages, and she regularly consults throughout the world with educational programs in nursing and with multiple disciplines in healthcare settings that are utilizing her work as a guide to research, practice, leadership, education, and regulation of quality standards. Dr. Parse has planned and implemented many international conferences on nursing theory, the humanbecoming school of thought, qualitative research, and quality of life.

Dr. Parse has chaired over 30 doctoral dissertations, guided over 100 students with creative conceptualization regarding their research, and mentored faculty members and students working on qualitative and quantitative research proposals, grant applications, and manuscripts for publications. She has conducted and published multiple qualitative research studies about lived experiences of health and quality of life (such as hope, laughing, joy-sorrow, feeling respected, contentment, feeling very tired, and quality of life for persons with Alzheimer’s disease) and taught a variety of theory and research courses in multiple institutions of higher learning.

Rosemarie Rizzo Parse is an articulate, courageous, and vibrant leader with a strong vision and a deliberate determination to advance the discipline of nursing. She is well-known internationally for her humanbecoming school of thought—a nursing perspective that focuses on quality of life and human dignity from the perspective of patients, families, and communities. Dr. Parse is an inspirational mentor whose diligent loving presence, consistent and willing availability, and respectful and gentle urgings have helped many seasoned and budding nurse scholars to pursue their dreams. Those who have had the honor of working with her, as students and colleagues are honored to know and to have been mentored by this truly outstanding nurse leader.

Additional information about Dr. Parse and humanbecoming can be found on the video/CD-ROM: Rosemarie Rizzo Parse: Human Becoming. It is part of the series, Nurse Theorists: Portraits of Excellence, published and distributed by:


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