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Dr. Lynn C. Parsons

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Program/Dept: Nursing
Degrees, Licensures and Certifications: Ph.D., RN, NEA-BC
Research Interests: Nurse Delegation Decision-Making


Dr. Parsons’ Master's degree focus was nursing service administration and she holds certification as a Nurse Executive-Advanced through the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). She has multiple juried platform presentations and refereed publications on the topic of nurse delegation/decision-making. She was nurse manager of an orthopaedic trauma and surgical unit for a decade in a teaching-regional referral medical center and has been a NAON member since 1982. Her doctoral dissertation and program of research focuses on nurse delegation in clinical practice. Currently, Dr. Parsons is professor and department chair in Nursing at MSU.


Publications (Books)

  • Parsons, L.C. (2014). Leadership and Management for those who Lead or Follow (2014), 2nd edition. Western School: West Bridgewater, MA

Refereed (Articles)
  • Parsons, L.C. & Walters, M.A. (2019). Management Strategies in the Intensive Care Unit to Improve Psychosocial Outcomes. Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America, 31 (4), 537-545.
  • Parsons, L. C. (2017). NAON Position Statement: Promoting Driver Safety by Avoiding Distracted Driving Behaviors. Orthopaedic Nursing Journal, 36 (3), in press.
  • Weatherspoon, D., Sullivan. D., Wilson, D.R., & Parsons, L.C. (2013). Nurse Delegation Decision-Making: Principles to Guide Practice for Nurses in South Africa. Journal of Community and Health Services 1-11.
  •  McInnis, L.A. & Parsons, L. C. (2009). Thoughtful Nursing Practice: Reflections on Nurse Delegation. The Nursing Clinics of North America, 44 (4), 461-470.
  • Parsons, L.C. (2004). Delegation Decision-Making by Registered Nurses Who Provide Direct Care for Patients with Spinal Cord Impairment. Spinal Cord Injury Nursing, 21 (1), 20-28.
  • Parsons, L.C., & Ward, K.S. (2000). Delegation Strategies for Registered Nurses Practicing in Turbulent Health Care Arenas. Spinal Cord Injury Nurse, 17 (2), 46-51.
  • Parsons, L.C. (1999). Building RN Confidence for Delegation Decision-Making Skills in Practice. Journal for Nurses in Staff Development, 15 (6), 263-269.
  • Parsons, L.C. (1998). Delegation Skills and Nurse Job Satisfaction. Nursing Economics, 16 (1), 18-26.
  • Parsons, L.C. (1997). Nurse Delegation Decision Making: Evaluation of a Teaching Strategy. Journal of Nursing Administration, 27 (2), 47-52.

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