Biography

Howard Butcher, RN; PhD joined the faculty at the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing as a Professor in August 2019 after being on faculty for 21 years as an Associate Professor at the University of Iowa College of Nursing. The central theme in Howard’s scholarship of discovery, teaching, integration, and application is the development and advancement of caring science and nursing theory-based research, teaching, and practice. He is known as a Rogerian Scholar, was mentored by Martha E. Rogers, and completed both a Masters thesis and PhD dissertation conceptualized within Rogers’ Science of Unitary Human Beings. He is the developer of two mid-range theories (The Theory of Aging as Emerging Brilliance and the Theory of Kaleidoscoping); a research (Unitary Field Pattern Profile research method); and a practice methodology (Unitary Field Pattern Profile Praxis) derived from the Science of Unitary Human Beings. He is the author of a wikibook on Rogerian science which can be accessed at: https://pressbooks.uiowa.edu/rogeriannursingscience/front-matter/cover/ that consists of 11 ever evolving Chapters coving such topics as Rogerian Cosmology and Philosophy, Rogerian Theory Development, Rogerian Practice Methods, and Rogerian Practice Methods.

Dr. Butcher is the current lead developer and editor of the Nursing Interventions Classification (NIC). He was an editor of the 5th and 6th editions and the lead author of the 7thedition published 2018. The Nursing Intervention Classification (NIC) has been translated into 12 languages. As the leader of NIC, Dr. Butcher has assured NIC’s continued recognition as a standardized nursing terminology in CINHAL, SNOMED-CT, and in JCAHO to meet the standard on uniform nursing intervention data. NIC is integrated into the EHR in 1,778 healthcare agencies worldwide. His international collaborations with nurse researchers in Brazil, Switzerland, Colombia, Mexico, and Spain has generated publications testing the validity of specific NICs, the effectiveness of NIC on patient outcomes, and determining which interventions are most commonly used to treat specific conditions. He has published 54 journal articles, 6 books, 32 book chapters, 19 invited international keynote addresses, 5 national keynotes, 23 additional invited international and national presentations, 84 peer reviewed presentations, 15 funded grants, and four invited international visiting professorships in Brazil and Colombia. As the Series Editor of Evidence Based Practice Guidelines at the Barbara and Richard Csomay Center for Gerontological Excellence between 2013-2019, Howard edited the publication of 18 newly updated EBP guidelines and 15 manuscripts published in the Journal of Gerontological Nursing based the new EBP guidelines which are available at http://www.uiowacsomaygeroresources.com/category-s/166.htm.

Dr. Butcher has conducted and published a wide range of qualitative research studies using phenomenological and thematic analysis methods. He has also developed the concept of dispiritedness in later life, which is characterized the experience of the loss of meaning, purpose, and energy in later life. His program of research funded with family care givers with persons with memory loss has focused on testing an intervention designed to help caregivers find meaning in the caregiving experience as a means to decrease stress, caregiver burden, and promote health and well becoming. Dr. Butcher’s caregiver research has been supported by both NINR and the John A. Hartford Foundation. His current research interest focuses on testing meditation, specifically transcendental meditation on telomere length in persons with mild cognitive impairment.

 

 

Teaching

  • NGR 7116: Caring: An Essential Domain of Nursing Knowledge (PhD)
  • NGR 7709: Carving the Life of Scholarship
  • NGR 6811: Philosophical and Theoretical Foundation of Advanced Practice Roles

Grants Awarded

Title Position Agency Duration Amount
The Meaning of Caring for a Family Member with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders Principal Investigator Central Investment Fund for Research Enhancement, The University of Iowa. 1/1999-1/2000 $6,200.00
Concept analysis of dispiritedness in later life Principal Investigator Old Gold Fellowship, The University of Iowa Summer 1999 $5,556.00
The meaning of caring for a family member with Alzheimer's Disease Living in a Special Care Unit Principal Investigator Gerontological Nursing Intervention Center (P30 NR03979), Toni Tripp-Reimer (PI) 5/1999-5/2000 $7,010.00
Emotional expression and Alzheimer Disease Caregiver Burden Outcomes Principal Investigator Old Gold Fellowship, The University of Iowa Summer 2000 $5,700.00
The effect of structured written emotional expression on caregiver burden Principal Investigator/Postdoctoral Scholars Program John A. Hartford Foundation and American Academy of Nursing 7/1/2002-6/31/2004 $100,000
Evaluating the Effect of SWEE on Caregiver Burden Outcomes. Principal Investigator National Institute of Nursing Research through a grant entitled Gerontological Nursing Intervention Center (P30 NR03979) Toni Tripp-Reimer (PI) 5/2002-5/2004 $12,073.
Written Emotional Expression & Caregiver Burden Outcomes (118 priority score) Principal Investigator National Institute of Nursing Research # 1R15NR8213-01 2/2/03-2/1/05 $100,000
Testing the effect of an Internet-based Structured Emotional Expressive Writing Intervention with Alzheimer Disease Family Caregivers Principal Investigator Iowa Informatics Initiative 1/1/04-12/31/07 $29, 956
The Effects of Structured Written Emotional Expression on Promoting Health in Older Adult Informal Family Caregivers of Persons with Advanced Cancer: A Randomized Clinical Trial Principal Investigator Cancer and Aging Program 9/1/07-8/31/09 $29, 905
Linguistic Analyses of Structured Written Emotional Expression: Revealing What is Revealed Principal Investigator Howard Butcher-Co PI and Jean Gordon-Co PI Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, The University of Iowa. 5/2014-8/2014 $6,000.00
Evidence-Based Practice Guidelines Program Principal Investigator UI College of Nursing Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence 6/15-5/16 $10,000
Improving Listening Skills in Dementia Care: Equipping the Listeners of People with Dementia with Effective Communication Strategies Co-PI Obermann Center for Advanced Studies, The University of Iowa. 6/1/19-8/31/19 $9,000.00

Recent Publications

  • Faronbi J. O., Butcher, H.K., & Olaogun, A. A. (2019). Burden and coping ability of individuals caring for chronically Ill older adults in Nigeria: A mixed method study. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 45 (1), 39-46.
  • Butcher, H.K., & Ingram, T. (2018). Secondary suicide prevention in later life. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 44(11), pp. 20-32.
  • Frisch, N., Butcher, H.K., & Cambell, D. (2018). Holistic Nurses' use of energy-based caring modalities. Journal of Holistic Nursing, 36(3), 210-217.
  • Silva, R.A., Martins, A.K.L., de Castro, N., B., Viana, A.V., Butcher, H.K., & da Silva, V.M. (2017). Conceptual analysis of the feeling of powerlessness in individuals with stroke. Investigación y Educación en Enfermería, 35(3), 306-319, DOI: 10.17533/udea.iee.v35n3a07.
  • Ingram, T.N., & Butcher, H.K. (2016). Late life suicide: Secondary prevention. K.C Buckwalter (Assistant editor), H. K. Butcher (Series Editor). Series on Evidence-Based Practice Guidelines, Iowa City, IA. Barbara and Richard Csomay Center for Gerontological Excellence, The University of Iowa College of Nursing, Iowa City, Iowa.
  • Shields, D., Fuller, A., Resnicoff, M., Butcher, H.K., & Frisch, N. (2017). Human energy field: A concept analysis. Journal of Holistic Nursing, 35, 352-368.
  • Butcher, H.K., Gordon, J.K., Ko, J.W., Perkhounkova, Y., Rinner, A., Cho, J. Y., & Lutgendorf, S. (2016). Finding meaning in written emotional expression by family caregivers of persons with dementia. The American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias, 31(8), 631-642. DOI: 10.1177/153331751660611.
  • Butcher, H. K. (2016). Development and use of gerontological evidenced-based practice guidelines. Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 42(7), 25-32.
  • Burnette, C. E., Sanders, S., Butcher, H. K. & Rand, J. T. (2014). A Researchers Toolkit for Balancing Rigor with Cultural Sensitivity: An Application with Indigenous Communities. Ethics and Social Welfare, DOI: 10.1080/17496535.2014.88598.
  • Butcher, H. K. (2013). Curiosity as the Engine of Scientific Discovery and the Advancement of Rogerian Nursing Science. Visions: The Journal of Rogerian Nursing Science, 19, 6-10.
  • Fuller, J.M., Davis, B.L., Servonsky, J. E., & Butcher, H.K. (2013). A Family Field Pattern Portrait of Adult Substance Users in Rehabilitation. Visions: The Journal of Rogerian Nursing Science, 19, 42-64.
  • Schumacher, L.A.P., MacNeil, R., Mobily, K., & Teague, M. & Butcher, H. K. (2012). The leisure journey for sandwich generation caregivers, Therapeutic Recreation Journal, XLVI (1), 42-59.
  • Skemp, L. & Butcher, H.K. (2012). 2010 Doris Schwartz Gerontological Nursing Research Award: Kathleen Coen Buckwalter, Journal of Gerontological Nursing, 38 (1), 17-21.
  • Bursch, H., & Butcher, H.K. (2012). Caregivers’ deepest feelings in living with Alzheimer’s disease: A Ricoeurian interpretation of family caregiver journals. Research in Gerontological Nursing, 5 (3), 207-215.
  • Burnette, C., Sanders, S., Butcher, H.K., & Salois, E. M. (2011) Illuminating the lived experiences of research with indigenous communities. Journal of Ethnic and Cultural Aspects of Social Work, 20 (4), 275-296.
  • Butcher H.K., & McGonigal-Kenney, M. (2010). Living in the Doldrums: The lived experience of dispiritedness in later life. Research in Gerontological Nursing, 3 (3), 1-14.
  • Sanders, S., Butcher, H. K., Swails, P., & Power, J. (2009). Portraits of caregivers of end-stage dementia patients receiving hospice care. Death Studies, 33, 521-556.
  • Butcher, H.K. (2008). Progress in the Explanatory Power of the Science of Unitary Human Beings: Frubes in a Lull or Surfing in the Barrel of the Wave. Visions: The Journal of Rogerian Nursing Science, 15(2), 23-36.
  • Butcher, H.K. (2008). The effect of written emotional expression on caregiver stress. Cancer Nursing Practice, (7), 9, 25-27.
  • Butcher, H.K. (2008). Commentary on A Pilot Study of the Experience of Participating in a Therapeutic Touch™ Practice Group. Journal of Holistic Nursing, 26, 169-172.
  • Butcher, H.K. (2008). Commentary on Mystical Experience in the Context of Health Care. Journal of Holistic Nursing, 26, 93-95.
  • Lundberg, C.B., Brokel, J., Bulechek, G.M., Butcher, H.K., Dochterman, J.M., Johnson, M., Maas, M., Martin, K.S., Moorhead, S., Spisla, C., Swanson, E., & Giarrizzo-Wilson, S. (2008). Reveling the Impact of Nursing in Electronic Health Record: The Benefits of Using Standardized Nursing Terminology. Online Journal of Nursing Informatics (OJNI), 12, (2). Available at http:ojni.org/12_2/lundberg.pdf
  • Butcher, H.K., & Taylor, J.Y. (2008). Using a wiki to enhance knowing participation in change in the teaching-learning process. Visions: The Journal of Rogerian Nursing Science. 15, 30-46.
  • Butcher, H.K. (2006). Re-envisioning gerontological mental health nursing education: A commentary. The American Journal of Psychiatric Nursing, 12, 116-120.
  • Butcher, H.K. (2006). Unitary pattern-based praxis: A nexus of Rogerian cosmology, philosophy, and science. Visions: The Journal of Rogerian Nursing Science, 14 (2), 8-33.
  • Butcher, H.K., McGonigal-Kenney, M. (2005). Depression & dispiritedness in later life: A ‘gray drizzle of horror isn’t inevitable. American Journal of Nursing, 105, (12), 52-62.
  • Butcher, H. K. (2005). The unitary field pattern portrait research method: Facets, processes and findings. Nursing Science Quarterly, 18, 293-297.
  • Butcher, H. K. (2005). Using metaphoric unitary landscape narratives to facilitate pattern transformation: Fires in the tallgrass prairie as a wellspring of possibilities. Visions: The Journal of Rogerian Nursing Science 13, 41-58.
  • Butcher, H.K. (2004). Written expression and the potential to enhance knowing participation in change. Visions: The Journal of Rogerian Nursing Science, 12, 37-50.
  • Park, M., Butcher, H.K., & Maas, M. (2004). A thematic analysis of Korean caregiver’s experiences in making the decision to place a family member in a long-term care facility. Research in Nursing & Health, 27, 345-356.
  • Butcher, H.K. (2003). Aging as emerging brilliance: Advancing Rogers’ unitary theory of aging. Visions: The Journal of Rogerian Nursing Science, 11, 55-66.
  • Butcher, H.K. (2003). Taking flight. Visions: The Journal of Rogerian Nursing Science, 11, 67-68.
  • Butcher, H. K. (2002). Living in the Heart of Helicy: An Inquiry into the meaning of compassion and unpredictability in Rogers' nursing science. Visions: The Journal of Rogerian Nursing Science, 10, 6-22.
  • Butcher, H. K. (2002). On fire flies and stars: Envisioning luminescent beacons for advancing nursing and Rogerian science. Visions: The Journal of Rogerian Nursing Science, 10, 57-67.
  • Kelly, A. W., Buckwalter, K. C., Hall, G., Weaver, A.L., & Butcher, H. K. (2002). The caregivers' story: Home caregiving for persons with dementia. Home Health Care Management & Practice, 14(2), 99-109.
  • Butcher, H. K., & Buckwalter, K. C. (2002). Exasperations as blessings: Meaning-making in family caregiving. Journal of Aging and Identity, 7, 113-132.
  • Butcher, H. K., Holkup, P.A., Park, & Maas, M. (2001). Thematic analysis of the experience of making a decision to place a family member with Alzheimer's disease in a special care unit. Research in Nursing & Health, 24, 470-480.
  • Butcher, H. K., Holkup, P.A., & Buckwalter, K. C. (2001). The experience of caring for a family member with Alzheimer's disease. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 23, 33-55.
  • Butcher, H. K. (2000). Critical theory and Rogerian science: Incommensurable or reconcilable. Visions: The Journal of Rogerian Nursing Science, 8, 50-57.
  • Butcher, H. K. (1999). The artistry of Rogerian practice. Visions: The Journal of Rogerian Nursing Science, 7, 49-54.
  • Butcher, H.K. (1999). Rogerian-ethics: An ethical inquiry into Rogers’ life and science. Nursing Science Quarterly, 12, 111-117
  • Butcher, H. K. (1998). Crystallizing the phases of the unitary field pattern portrait research method. Visions: The Journal of Rogerian Nursing Science, 6, 13-26.
  • Butcher, H. K. (1998). Weaving a theoretical Tapestry of pandimensionality: Deep connectedness in the multiverse. Visions: The Journal of Rogerian Nursing Science, 6, 51-55.
  • Butcher, H. K. (1997). In search of unitary sympathetic vibrations: A response to Parse’s investing in the legacy: Martha E. Rogers’ voice will not be silenced. Visions: The Journal of Rogerian Nursing Science, 5, 12-18.
  • Butcher, H. K. (1997). Creative realitying: Hozho, bringing forth a world, and mutual process. Visions: The Journal of Rogerian Nursing Science, 5, 29-32.
  • Butcher, H. K. (1996). A unitary field pattern portrait of dispiritedness in later life. Visions: The Journal of Rogerian Science, 4, 41-58.
  • Butcher, H. K. & Forchuk, C. (1992). The overview effect: The impact of space travel on nursing science. Nursing Science Quarterly, 5, 118-123.
  • Martin, M-L., Forchuk, C., Santopinto, M., & Butcher, H. K. (1992). Alternative approaches to nursing practice: Application of Peplau, Rogers and Parse. Nursing Science Quarterly, 5, 80-85.
  • Butcher, H. K., & Parker, N. (1988). Guided imagery within Martha Rogers' science of unitary human beings: An experimental study. Nursing Science Quarterly, 1, 103-110.

Books

  • Butcher, H.K. (2018). Martha Rogers Nursing Science: The Science of Unitary Human Beings 2.0. H.K. Butcher (Editor). University of Iowa Pressbooks at https://pressbooks.uiowa.edu/rogeriannursingscience/ A Wiki book in development.
  • Butcher, H.K., Bulechek, G.M., Dochterman, J.M., & Wagner, C. M. (2018). Nursing interventions classification (NIC). (7e). St. Louis: Mosby Elsevier.
  • Bulechek, G. M., & Butcher, H. K., Dochterman, J. M., & Wagner, C. M. (2013). Nursing interventions classification (NIC). (6e). St. Louis: Mosby Elsevier.
  • Johnson, M., Moorhead, S., Bulechek, G. M., Butcher, H. K., Dochterman, J. M., Mass, M., & Swanson, E. (2012). NIC and NOC linkages to NANDA-I and Clinical Conditions: Supporting Clinical Reasoning and Quality of Care (Third edition). St. Louis: Mosby Elsevier.
  • Bulechek, G. M., & Butcher, H. K., Dochterman, J. C. (2008). Nursing interventions classification (NIC). (Fifth Edition). St. Louis: Mosby Elsevier.
  • Johnson, M., Bulechek, G. M., Butcher, H. K., Dochterman, J. C., Mass, M., Moorhead, S., & Swanson, E., (2006). NANDA, NOC, and NIC linkages: Nursing diagnosis, outcomes, and interventions. (Second edition). St. Louis: Mosby Elsevier.
  • Haynes, L., Butcher, H. K., & Boese, T. (2004). Nursing in contemporary society: Issues, trends and transition into practice. Boston: Prentice Hall.

Honors/Awards

  • Visiting Professorship (2018). Fundacion Universitaria Juan N. Corpas, Bogota, Colombia.
  • Visiting Professorship (2018). University of Sao Paulo School of Nursing, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • Nursing Research Clinical Partnership Award (2018) - The University of Iowa
  • Visiting Professorship (2017). University of Sao Paulo School of Nursing, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
  • Visiting Professorship (2016). Escuela de Enfermería de la Universidad Industrial de Santander, Bucaramanga, Colombia.
  • University of Iowa Collegiate Teaching Award (2009)
  • University of Iowa Catalyst Award: Men in Nursing Task Force (2001)
  • John A. Hartford Foundation Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity Post-Doctoral Scholar Award (2002)
  • The Rose and George Doval Award for Excellence in Nursing Education, New York University (1999)
  • Pacific Lutheran University Faculty Teaching Excellence Award (1995)
  • Pre-Doctoral Professional Nurse Traineeship, University of South Carolina (1990-1993)
  • Sigma Theta Tau International, Iota Omicron, First International Chapter (1988)