Bonnie Weaver Duldt-Battey, Ph.D., R.N.

BSN, Wagner College, Staten Island, New York
MSN, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
Ph.D., University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas.

Current Interests include:
Interpersonal Communication in Nursing, Nursing Ethics, Critical Thinking, and Parish Nursing. Member of Sigma Theta Tau International.

Active RN licensure in New York, Virginia, and California, and Inactive status in Tennessee and North Carolina.

Biographical Sketch:
Dr. Battey holds degrees in nursing from Wagner College and Vanderbilt University, and an earned doctorate in Speech Communication and Human Relations from the University of Kansas, Lawrence. A professional educator, administrator, facilitator and consultant in fields of communication and health professions, Dr. Battey has had extensive experience as a professor and administrator in nursing undergraduate and graduate education in diploma, associate degree, baccalaureate and master’s programs. Having extensive experience in developing nursing programs, she has served as chair of nursing departments and initiated two new nursing programs; a program in associate degree nursing at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and an RN completion baccalaureate program at Memphis State University. For ten years, Dr. Battey held a tenured faculty position at East Carolina University, serving as Professor and Assistant Dean of the Graduate Program. Her teaching assignments included adult health theory/clinical courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. These included physical assessment, nursing research, nursing theories. At the graduate level she has taught organizational leadership, curriculum development, teaching in nursing, and thesis/project research. For five years, she served as an Associate Adjunct Professor of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, George Mason University, she taught graduate level courses in the professional introductory to nursing undergraduate course, and the “capstone” senior course, as well as graduate level courses in ethics and nursing theories. Recently, at Samuel Merritt College School of Nursing, Dr. Battey taught undergraduate nursing research and the professional introductory courses, as well as on-line graduate courses in research.

Serving as a consultant, Dr. Battey has developed a wide variety of courses, workshops, and seminars in nursing, communication, critical thinking, spiritual assessment, leadership and team building, and she is actively engaged in writing and research as well.

In addition, Dr. Battey has served for many years as a National League of Nursing accreditation visitor for these programs. Author of numerous articles and three books, she has also written theories of nursing communication and nursing communication ethics. She has served in professional and civic organizations such as board membership of a community group developing a “free” clinic for the uninsured in Front Royal, Virginia, a volunteer parish nurse at several faith communities, and as a lay chaplain at INOVA Alexandria Hospital in Alexandria, Virginia. She maintains membership in Sigma Theta Tau International, and she served on Arkansas Nurses’ Association Board of Directors and the Human Resource and Ethics Committee of the Virginia Nurses’ Association, as well as many other task groups and committees.

Spiritual Care in Nursing Practice

Research Team Members

The following individuals comprise the research/writing team of “Co-investigators” as well as “Co-authors” on a future research article (2016) to report findings.

James R. Acree (“J R”) BSN, BSNA, MS, MSN, PhD is a CRNA (Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist) and a Lieutenant Commander, Nurse Corps, U. S. Navy Retired, who holds a PhD in Holistic Health Sciences.  He happened to be a former nursing student of Dr. Battey’s for his BSN (1976 in Arkansas) and again for his MSN (2004 in California). He served as a peer/editorial reviewer of the Parish Nurse Computer Assisted Instruction (CAI) course and the Spirituality CAI. He has authored and presented numerous anesthesia presentations at national and regional RN and CRNA conferences and currently practices anesthesia at the Central Arkansas Veterans Hospital, Little Rock, AR. 

Phone: 501-605-8482. E-mail: jracrna <>

Barry Collins, PhD. is Professor Emeritus, Psychology, from UCLA who is serving as statistician for the study and advisor about interpreting the data. He has taught statistics and research design at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. He is in the process of developing a “monkey survey” program to facilitate data collection and transfer of data to the SPSS statistical program. He will be available to consult with agencies. Phone: Business 310-582- 7023; Fax; 866-206-8503


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. He has written 17 published articles, taught 14 different academic courses in graduate and undergraduate degree programs, and has presented on over 20 different topics in seminar/workshop settings on topics related to the discipline of Pastoral Care and Counseling in three different countries. He is author of “Pastoral Care” (In Press) Computer Assisted Instruction for Nursing and Allied Health. He served as an Instructor and Partnership Coordinator of the Texas-Mexico Pastoral Care and Counseling Conferences sponsored by Hospital Mexico Americano, Guadalajara, Mexico. He served as a peer/editorial reviewer of Dr. Battey’s Parish Nurse CAI and the Spirituality CAI. He also served on the planning committee for the 2012 Texas Workshop on Implementing Spiritual Care within the Interdisciplinary Clinical Team for which Dr. Battey served as keynote speaker.

Phone: Office – 512-374-6438; Cell: 512-348-5307.



Judy G. Myers, MSN, PhD (Sociology), RN is an Associate Professor of Nursing at the University of Indiana South East. She is am currently the Primary Investigator for a multidisciplinary team studying the clinical and biochemical effects of massage therapy on fatigue and insomnia among women receiving radiation therapy for breast cancer. A large part of her work involves health planning and development of sustainable partnerships between the university and a variety of community groups. She serves on the board of Hospice and a member of a group creating a hospice house and center for arts, healing and spirituality in rural Indiana, and many other projects. She holds memberships in American Holistic Nurses Association and the American Nurses Association. She recently completed a two year fellowship with the IU Academy for Leadership and Diversity and.  She has collected most of the data for this current spirituality project.  Dr. Myers used the CAI on Spiritual care to teach a course to RN to BSN nursing students. 

Phone: Business: 812-941-2695: Cell: 502-939-6165.



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 Nursing in Boston She is an active member of The Society of Rogerian Scholars, American Nursing Association, Sigma Theta Tau, as well as holding leadership position as Research Grant Coordinator in American Holistic Nursing Association.   She is owner and operator of Heavenly Oasis for Wellness and Stress Management. She has completed several research studies using Reiki for Stress Management in nurses and nursing students and in hypnosis for birthing. Currently she is assisting in recruiting participants, collecting data, submitting grant proposals, and filing for the national NEIRB for this spiritual care research project, as well as being helpful in providing information regarding the IRB approval process to other research sites.

Phone: 405-496-8902.   E-mail:

Jerry N. Raskin, B.A., President, A.S.K. Data Systems, Inc., Manchester, Mo., is our computer and IT expert. He recruits authors to write courses for computer assisted instruction programs, develops and markets the CAI material. Recently has been recruiting schools and hospitals for our research sites and subjects.  He also keeps our research schedules and keeps things on track.

Phone: 800-292-7211. E-mail: Website:

Bonnie Weaver Battey, Ph.D., R.N. serves as Principle Investigator and is a nursing consultant in private practice, serving nursing education clients nationally and internationally. With undergraduate BS studies in Nursing at Valparaiso University and Wagner College; she earned a MSN in Nursing Education at Vanderbilt University and a Ph.D. at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, majoring in Speech Communication and Human Relations. A tenured professor at East Carolina University, Dr. Battey taught all levels of Medical Surgical or Adult Health clinical nursing courses as well as nursing leadership, theories, research, education, curriculum development, and death and dying; she also taught interdisciplinary speech and ethics/philosophy courses. She served as an administrator of associate degree, baccalaureate, and master’s programs in nursing, and initiated an ADN and a BSN program in nursing. She served as an accreditation visitor for the National League of Nursing for over 25 years for undergraduate and graduate programs. Memberships include Sigma Theta Tau International, American Association of Holistic Nurses, Health Ministries Association, and the Society for Spirituality, Theology and Health, and Faith Community Nursing. Volunteer community services have included eight years as Parish Nurse and four years as a Lay Chaplain in the Chaplaincy Program of INOVA Alexandria Hospital, Alexandria, Virginia. She has served as a proposal reviewer for Dr. Plodek’s AHNA Research Grant committee. Having recently authored several articles and books about spiritual care in nursing, Dr. Battey has written the CAI course on spiritual care which is the focus of this research project. She has also written the questionnaire to serve as the pre-post research tool to test the degree of influence the CAI spiritual care course has on the subjects’ perspective.

Phone: 925-706-0442. Fax: 925-702-0621. E-mail: Website: