Bonnie W. Battey, PhD, RN, is a preeminent nursing educator and registered nurse who has been serving in private practice since 2006. A longtime professor of nursing, she first delved into teaching in 1984 as a professor of adult health nursing within the College of Nursing at East Carolina University, where she was also the assistant dean of the graduate program for two years. From there, she relocated to Virginia, where she served as a professor within the School of Health Professions at Shenandoah University from 1994 to 1997 and adjunct associate professor at George Mason University from 1999 to 2003. She concluded her academic career in 2006 after serving as an adjunct professor within the School of Nursing at Samuel Merritt University for three years.
Commencing her career in 1964 as an accreditation site visitor at the National League of Nursing, a role she held until 1990, Dr. Battey also briefly served the Supplemental Nursing Pool Staff Nurse Progressive Care Unit at Vidant Medical Center in 1992. She also lent her expertise to the University of North Dakota, the University of Memphis, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, the Arkansas State Board of Nursing and the Oklahoma Board of Nursing. A past parish nurse of the Good Shepherd Evangelical Lutheran Church in Front Royal, VA, she is a talented researcher as well, having contributed myriad articles to esteemed journals and chapters to books. Likewise, she contributed to computer-assisted introduction programs and communication research tools.
Dr. Battey is the noted author of “Humanism, Nursing, Communication and Holistic Care: A Position Paper” in 2009 and co-author of “Situational Leadership in Nursing” in 1989. The same year, she won Book of the Year from the American Journal of Nursing. Affiliated with the American Nurses Association, the American Holistic Nurses Association and Sigma Theta Tau, she also received her doctorate degree on a Nurse Scientist Scholarship at the University of Kansas in 1980. Her dissertation was titled “Anger, Group Cohesiveness and Productivity in Small Task Groups.”
Teaching prospective nursing professionals that the patients’ beliefs are important in their care, Dr. Battey attributes her immense success to her mother, who taught her how to be polite and kind, as well as introduced to her the social skills she needed to succeed. Married to Robert W. Battey since 2003, she intends to continue excelling in her role as a registered nurse.
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