Bonnie W. Battey, Ph.D., RN, Recognized for Excellence in Nursing Education

Dr. Battey is in the process of preparing for a research project sponsored by the American Holistic Nurses Association
  • <strong>Bonnie W. Battey, Ph.D., RN</strong>
    ANTIOCH, CA, May 17, 2017 -- Bonnie W. Battey, Ph.D., RN, has been included in Marquis Who's Who. As in all Marquis Who's Who biographical volumes, individuals profiled are selected based on current reference value. Factors such as position, noteworthy accomplishments, visibility, and prominence in a field are all considered during the selection process.

Research Project. Currently Dr. Battey is principle investigator of a research project to provide agency accreditation evidence of spiritual care being offered patients. Balboni et. al (2009) research indicated that, while 67% of the patients who were terminally ill of cancer reported spirituality to be very important, but only 59.7% patients in these specialty cancer hospitals reported receiving spiritual care from nurses or doctors. Of all groups of patients, the oncology patients logically would be the first group one would expect to receive spiritual care. If this group receives so little, then what of all the other patients? What are the barriers? Nursing educational programs and health care agencies are typically without programs, guidelines, and policies about how nurses are to proceed.

The current research project is based on Dr. Battey's Theory of Spiritual Care in Nursing Practice (2009). Data collection tools include a computer assisted instruction (CAI) educational program (Battey, 2010) and a questionnaire (Battey, 2011). The research team consists of six professionals across the nation. The purpose of this study is two-fold: 1) to survey nurses (and other allied health professionals later) from a wide variety of services concerning their own rating of the spiritual care they are currently providing, and 2) to determine the degree to which CAI educational intervention influences nurses' ratings of spiritual care. The research team is currently seeking 500 subjects to complete the study. Initial findings of fifty pilot study subjects show numerous statistically significant findings. The impact of this study potentially will provide tools to track staff ratings of care given year over year and compare these ratings with patient exit evaluations of spiritual care received. Agencies may be able to track spiritual care ratings of spiritual care given year over year to meet accreditation criteria as well as have the CAI to educate staff about approaches to spiritual care.

Education. Widely regarded for her skill as a nursing educator, Dr. Battey has more than six decades of experience in various nursing fields. She began her career in nursing upon receiving a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Wagner College in 1955. She received a scholarship to attend Vanderbilt University, receiving the Master of Science in Nursing Education in 1960. She was a recipient of the Nurse Scientist Scholarship to attend the University of Kansas at Lawrence, Kansas and graduated receiving a Ph.D. in Speech Communication and Human Relations. Her dissertation, titled "Anger, Group Cohesiveness, and Productivity in Small Task Groups," addressed issues of disruptive interpersonal communion commonly encountered by nurses in clinical practice; this was one of the early publications in the 1970's addressing anger. In 1992, she also completed postgraduate coursework at the Quantitively Methodology Institute, one of 69 nurse faculty/researchers selected nationally.

Teaching. After serving in a diploma nursing program in Little Rock, Arkansas as an instructor and Associate Director for several years, she was chosen to serve as an accreditation site visitor for the National League for Nursing (1964-1990), visiting Diploma, Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN), BSN, and MSN nursing programs. She was appointed Chairman of the Department of Nursing at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock to initiate and seek national accreditation for the second Associate Degree in Nursing program in the state. Dr. Battey was also appointed Chairman of an Ad Hoc Committee of the Arkansas State Board of Nursing. The purpose of this group was to develop policies, procedures, standards, and criteria for initiating and approving other new ADN programs in Arkansas. She also served as a site visitor for the Oklahoma State Board of Nursing to help approve their new AD program. At Memphis State University in Tennessee, Dr. Battey became Professor and Chair of the Nursing Department responsible for closing their ADN and initiating an RN-BSN program to facilitate the region's growing number of ADN graduates seeking the higher degree. She also taught a speech course for the Speech Department.

At East Carolina University in Greenville, N. C., Professor Battey received tenure. She served as Assistant Dean of the MSN program until the programs were reorganized into departments. In the Adult Health Department, she taught classroom and clinical nursing courses in the BSN and MSN programs, as well as teaching nursing theories, management/leadership, and research courses. As Adjunct Professor at George Mason University, Fairfax, Va., Dr. Battey also taught in the MSN program and at Samuel Merritt College School of Nursing, Oakland, Ca., she taught MSN courses on-line as well as in the classroom.

Volunteering (1994-98). While living in Front Royal, Virginia, Dr. Battey served as a Parish Nurse in Good Shephard Evangelical Lutheran Church. She served individual members, both adults and children, as a general health advisor. She conducted classes on topics of interest to groups of members after the Wednesday even pot-luck dinners. Dr. Battey collaborated with Pastor Jones to develop and conduct healing services at the end of the evening. Occasionally individuals from the community would be welcomed and included in the service.

In addition, Dr. Battey represented the Lutheran church in a community-wide committee to establish a free clinic for local unemployed citizens. She served as secretary to the committee and later served as a volunteer nurse in staffing the clinic, along with other volunteering doctors and nurses.

While living in Alexander, Virginia, Dr. Battey served 4 years lay chaplain (1999-2003), accepting a once-a-month 24 hour, one day a week duty schedule. Lutheran Chaplain Vincent Guss, Director of the Pastoral Care Department, Alexander Hospital, served as her mentor, providing an excellent orientation. Students from the local seminary were frequently assigned to "shadow" her as she made rounds in the clinical areas. Dr. Battey published articles describing the role and functions of the personnel of the Pastoral Care Department as well as an administrator's guide for implementing spiritual care into nursing practice.

References

Balboni, T. A., Paulk, M. E., Balboni, M. J., Phelps, A. C., Loggers, E. T., Wright, A. A., Block, S. D., Prigerson, H. G. (2009). Provision of spiritual care to patients with advanced cancer: associations with medical care and quality of life near death. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 24, 1-8. doi: 216.57.221.66

Duldt (Battey), B. W (2002). The spiritual dimension of holistic care. Journal of Nursing Administration, 32(1), 20-24.

Battey, B. W., & Acree, J. R. (2006, October 6, 2006). Spiritual Assessment in Health Care: Guidelines for Providing the Third Dimension of Holistic Health Care. Paper presented at the Workshop for Nursing Staff and Other Health Care Providers, St. John's Lutheran Church

Battey, B. W. (2008). Administrator's guide to implementing spiritual care into nursing practice. Bloomington, Indiana: Xlibris Corp. IBSN Hardcover 978-1-4415-2892-6 Softcover 978-1-4415-2891-9

Battey, B. W. (2009). Theory of Spiritual Care in Nursing Practice. In N. V. Turkina (Ed.), International Congress: Medical and social role of Nursing: Challenges and prospects (pp. 14-35). St. Petersburg, Russia: Organizing Committee.

Battey, B. W. (2010). Spirituality in nursing practice: a computer assisted instructional program and course manual. Available from author. IBSN 978-09831245-0-4

Battey, B. W. (2010, Summer). The spiritual dimension of holistic care. Beginnings: American Holistic Nurses Association, 8-9.

Battey, W. B. (2011). Spiritual-communication-satisfaction-importance (SCSI) questionnaire manual. Available from author. IBSN 978-09831245-0-4

Battey, B. W. (2011). Spirituality in nursing practice: A computer assisted instruction program & course manual [CD & booklet]. St. Louis: A.S.K. Data Systems Inc. Available from http://www.askdatasystems.com.

Battey, B. W. (2017 in press). Collaboration: Implementing Spiritual Care within the Interdisciplinary Clinical Team.

Research Team

James R. Acree ("J R") BSN, BSNA, MS, MSN, Ph.D. is a CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist) and a Lieutenant Commander, Nurse Corps, U. S. Navy Retired, who holds a Ph.D. in Holistic Health Sciences.

Bonnie Weaver Battey, Ph.D., R.N., Consultant in Nursing Education and a semi-retired Professor of Nursing Services as Principle Investigator.

Barry Collins, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus, Psychology, from UCL who is serving as statistician for the study and advisor about interpreting the data.

Paul D. Kraus, D.Min., is Director, Department of Pastoral Care, Austin State Supported Living Center, Austin, Texas. He is also an Associated Professor with the Seminary of the Southwest, Austin, Texas.

Judy G. Myers, MSN, Ph.D. (Psychology), RN is an Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of Indiana South East, New Albany, IN.

Jeanette Lee Plodek, MSN (Clinical Specialist in Holistic Nursing), Ph.D. (Human Science), RN is currently adjunct faculty at University of West Florida, Excelsior College, and Simmons College of Nursing in Boston.

Jerry N. Raskin, B.A., President, A.S.K. Data Systems, Inc., Manchester, Mo., is a computer and business consultant.

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