Marilyn E. Parker, PhD, RN, FAAN, is a part time clinical professor. She teaches online and participates with PhD, DNP and Master’s students on dissertations, capstone and other research and practice projects. She welcomes graduate students to join her program of nursing language research. Most recently Dr. Parker was Professor of Nursing at Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. The third edition of Dr. Parker’s book Nursing Theories and Nursing Practice has just been published by FA Davis, with Dr. Marlaine Smith as co-author/co-editor.
Dr. Parker’s overall career mission has been to enhance nursing practice, education and scholarship through nursing theory using both traditional and innovative means to improve care and advance our discipline. Over the past 12 years she has been principal investigator of a program of grants to create and use a distinctive Community Nursing Practice Model in developing transdisciplinary Community Nursing Centers (clinics) devoted to health and social services for children and families from underserved multicultural communities in South Florida. These Centers also provided teaching and research venues, and many colleagues and students joined the work of providing care, teaching and developing research and policy to improve community well being. In the context of the Community Nursing Centers, Dr. Parker was research supervisor for a NINR Post Doctoral Fellow.
While reviewing electronic health records (EHR) for the Nursing Centers, it became clear that these are based on models of medical practice and that there is rarely opportunity for nurses to record and report distinctive elements of nursing practice. Graduate students joined Dr. Parker in research to analyze nursing situations to discover nursing expressions of practice grounded in respect, caring, wholeness and connections of persons in families and communities, as well as related aspects such as trust, access to care and client empowerment. With an interdisciplinary research team including faculty colleagues from Computer Science Engineering and Nursing this research continued for use in development of EHR software that can be incorporated within other EHR software systems. The first patent application for the software has been submitted, a second is underway and Dr. Parker’s nursing language research is ongoing.
Over the years Dr. Parker has taught and consulted in England, Finland and Mexico, and in 2001 received a Fulbright Scholar Award (Thailand) for even more full participation in our global nursing community. This was a beginning for continuing work throughout Thailand and with universities and communities in Haiti, Philippines, Hong Kong and Japan. With Fulbright funding, a colleague and Dr. Parker developed the first school health clinic in Uganda and the first master's program in a Ugandan university where Dr. Parker continues as an Honorary Professor.
Dr. Parker has served as reviewer for the Fulbright Scholar Program, and the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Parker is reviewer for Nursing Science Quarterly, International Journal for Human Caring, and Thai Journal of Nursing Research.
Dr. Parker is a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (2003) and a Distinguished Practitioner in the National Academies of Practice – Nursing (2003). She was a Fellow and Scholar in the National Public Health Leadership Institute (2003-2004). In 2002 Dr. Parker received the President’s Leadership Award at Florida Atlantic University. She is a member is Sigma Theta Tau and Phi Kappa Phi.