"My overall career mission has been to enhance nursing practice, education and scholarship through nursing theory, using both innovative and traditional means to improve care and advance the discipline. Over the past 10 years, I have been Principal Investigator for a program of grants and contracts to create and use a distinctive Community Nursing Practice Model. With colleagues, I've enjoyed the hard work, challenges and satisfactions of developing transdisciplinary School-based Community Wellness Centers devoted to health and social services for children and families from underserved multicultural communities, teaching university students from several disciplines, and developing research and policy to promote community well-being. As part of this work, I am the founding director of an academic center, the Quantum Foundation Center for Innovation in School and Community Well Being."

"Although I had been involved in teaching and consultation in Finland, England and Mexico, my Fulbright Scholar Award in 2001 stimulated an even fuller appreciation of global connections. Since that time, I have continued to teach, consult and engage in research with several universities in that wonderful country that has in many ways become another home for me. I have also been active in nursing education, research and practice with universities in the Philippines, Uganda, Hong Kong and Japan and have appreciated speaking and consulting in several other countries around the globe."

 "Living in West Palm Beach and being actively involved personally and professionally in South Florida offer multiple daily rewards! As an example, my husband and I have studied ceramics, creating with both hand building and the wheel----and doing our art in our garden, amid flowers and palm trees all year long! However, I grew up in the Kansas City area, and have dear family there, including our son and his family with two grand children. There are constant pulls to be more often in the beautiful heart land of our country."


  • Nursing Theory and Knowledge Development
  • Participatory-Action Research approaches
  • Health Policy Research


  • The distinctive Community Nursing Practice Model guides research and scholarship, adding to continuing development of the Model. Examples are: 1) the lived experience of nursing as nurturing wholeness of persons through caring, 2) developing and sustaining collaborating partnerships for integrated, interdisciplinary practice, 3) design and evaluation of caring-based practices, 4) developing and evaluating outcomes of practice based on the Model, and 5) evaluation and development of school and community health policy.
  • Multidisciplinary research of Nursing Language and software development.
  • Definition and Model of a Thai Concept of Nursing as described by Practicing Nurses in Thailand Design
  • Evaluation of Study Abroad courses in Nursing Theory
  • Expression of Aesthetic Knowing in Nursing

Recent Publications

  • Parker, M. E. & Schoenhofer, S. O. (2008). Foundations for Nursing Education, in Barbara A. Moyer & Ruth A. Wittmann-Price (Eds). Nursing education: Foundations for practice excellence (pp. 4-10) Philadelphia: F. A. Davis.
  • Parker, M., Pandya, A., Hsu, S., Noell, D., & Newlin, K. (2007). Assuring nursing's voice in the electronic health record. In IEEE International Conference on Natural Language and Knowledge Development Engineering, Beijing, China. Proceedings. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, NLP-KE 107.
  • Parker, M. E. (2006). Nursing theories and nursing practice. (2nd Ed). Philadelphia: F.A. Davis.
  • Parker, M. E. & Barry, C. D. (2006). The Parker & Barry model of community practice. In Parker, M. (Ed). Nursing theories and nursing practice. Philadelphia: F. A. Davis.
  • Ryan, E., Hawkins, W., Parker, M. & Hawkins, M.(2004). Perceptions of access to U.S. health care of Haitian Immigrants in South Florida: A qualitative study. Florida Public Health Review 1, 36-43.
  • Hatthakit, U., Parker, M. & Niyomthai. (2004). Integrating complementary therapies into nursing practice. Thai Journal of Nursing Research 8(2), 126-142.
  • Parker, M. E. (2003).Orem's Self-Care Nursing Theory [Review of the book Self Care Theory of Nursing: Selected papers of Dorothea Orem]. Nursing Science Quarterly16(3), 276-278.
  • Chaowalit, A; Hatthakit, U.; Nasae, T.; Suttharangsee, W; & Parker, M. (2002). Exploring ethical dilemmas and resolutions in nursing practice: A qualitative study in Southern Thailand. Thai Journal of Nursing Research 6(4), 216-230.
  • Parker, M. E. (2002). Aesthetic expression in nursing. In D. Freshwater (Ed.), Therapeutic nursing: Improving patient care through self awareness and reflection (pp. 100-120). London: Sage.
  • Parker, M. E. (2001). Integrative nursing: Many roads, one journey. In Freshwater, D. (Ed). Making a difference (pp. 46-54). London: Nursing Praxis International.
  • Parker, M. E., Barry, C. D. & King, B. (2000). Use of inquiry method for assessment and evaluation in a school-based community nursing project. Family and Community Health, 23(2), 54-61.
  • Parker, M. E. & Barry, C. D. (1999). Community practice guided by a nursing model. Nursing Science Quarterly, 12(2), 125-131.
  • Parker, M. E. (1999). Sustaining partnerships in faculty practice, In Hallmarks of faculty practice (pp. 9-15), Washington, D. C. American Association of Colleges of Nursing Proceedings.
  • Boykin, A., Parker, M. E. & Touhy, T. (1998). Discovering the beauty of older adults: Opening doors. Journal of Clinical Gerophychology, 4(3), 205-210.
  • Parker, M. E. (1997). Emerging innovations: Caring in action. International Journal for Human Caring, 1(2), 9-10.
  • Boykin, A. & Parker, M. E. (1995). Book Review [P. Chinn & J. Watson (Eds.). (1994). Art and aesthetics in nursing. New York: National League for Nursing Press]. Nursing Science Quarterly, 8(2), 91-92.
  • Parker, M. E. (1994). The healing art of clay: A workshop for remembering our wholeness. In D. Gaut & A. Boykin (Eds.), Care as healing: Renewal through hope (pp. 135-145). New York: National League for Nursing Press.
  • Boykin, A., Parker, M. E., & Schoenhofer, S. (1994). Aesthetic knowing grounded in an explicit conception of nursing. Nursing Science Quarterly, 7(4), 158-161. Parker, M. E. (1994). Nursing: A discipline of knowledge grounded in caring. In A. Boykin (Ed.). Living the caring-based program. (pp. 27-42). New York: National League for Nursing Press.
  • Cope, D. & Parker, M. E. (1994). The shared study of nursing. In A. Boykin (Ed.), Living the caring-based program (pp. 43-63). New York: National League for Nursing Press.
  • Parker, M. E. (1994). Living nursing values in nursing practice. In Gaut, D. & Boykin, A. (Eds.). Care as healing: Renewal through hope (pp. 48-65). New York: National League for Nursing Press.
  • Parker, M. E. (1994). Contributor on nursing values and ethics to The nurse manager's problem solver (pp.110-111, 229). T. Porter-O'Grady (Ed.). St. Louis: Mosby- Year Book.
  • Parker, M. E. (1993). Forward. In A. Boykin & S. Schoenhofer. Nursing as caring: A model for transforming nursing practice (pp. ix-xii). New York: National League for Nursing Press.
  • Parker, M. E. (1993). Patterns of nursing theories in practice. New York: National League for Nursing Press. Parker, M. E. (1992). Exploring the aesthetic meaning of presence in nursing practice. In D. Gaut (Ed.), The presence of caring in nursing (pp. 25-38). New York: National League for Nursing Press.
  • Parker, M. E., Gordon, S. C., & Brannon, P. (1992). Involving nurses in research: A non- traditional approach. Journal of Nursing Administration, 22(4), 58-63.Parker, M. E. (1990). Nursing theories in practice. New York: National League for Nursing Press. Parker, M. E. & Schoenhofer, S. (Eds). Nightingale Songs, a forum for nurses to share their silent moments of reflection on their nursing. [Published periodically from 1990 to 1996, with approximately 1000 of each issue distributed]. Available at



  • Distinguished Member, Sigma Theta Chapter, National University of Colombia, Bogota, 2007
  • Professional Hero Award Nominee, Palm Beach County Medical Society, 2005
  • Service Award, TIAA-CREF, 2005
  • Research Faculty Incentive Program Award, FAU Division of Research and Graduate Studies, 2005
  • International Development Award, FAU Office of International Programs, 2004,
  • National Public Health Leadership Institute Scholar and Fellow,
  • 2003-2004
  • Honorary Professor of Nursing, Mbarara University of Science and Technology, Mbarara, Uganda, 2003-ongoing
  • American Academy of Nursing; Selected as Fellow, 2003
  • National Academies of Practice - Nursing; Elected as Distinguished Practitioner, 2003
  • President's Leadership Award - Florida Atlantic University, 2002
  • Fulbright Scholar Award, Prince of Songkla University, Hat Yai, Thailand, 2001-2002
  • Fulbright South East Asia Travel Award, 2001
  • Outstanding Faculty Practice Award, National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, accepted on behalf of FAU Community Wellness Center, 2001
  • Outstanding Community Partnership Award, School District of Palm Beach County, accepted on behalf of FAU Community Wellness Centers, 1999
  • Contribution to School Health Awards, School District of Palm Beach County, accepted on behalf of FAU Community Wellness Centers, 1997,
  • University Research Award nominee of the College of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University, 1993
  • University Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Advising nominee of the College of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University, 1991
  • Phi Kappa Phi, induction at Wichita State University, 1979
  • Sigma Theta Tau International, Kappa Chapter, induction at The Catholic University of America, 1968