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Lynn Parsons

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Lynn C. Parsons, Professor and Chair Nursing, Department Chair Nursing
Program/Dept: Department of Nursing
Degrees, Licensures and Certifications: Ph.D., RN, NEA-BC
Research Interests:

Nurse Delegation Decision-Making

Publications (selected) Book in Development
Parsons, L.C. (2013). Leadership and Management for those who Lead or Follow(2013), 2nd edition. Western School: West Bridgewater, MA
Refereed Articles

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.

Contact Info:
Phone: 606-783-2642
Office Hours: Open Office Hours on Friday: 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


Lynn Parsons has 30 years of nursing experience. including nurse manager roles in the hospital and academic settings. She graduated from the University of Alabama (UAB) at Birmingham with a doctor of science in nursing (DSN) degree with a focus on nursing administration and health policy. Dr. Parsons Master's degree focus was nursing service administration and she holds certification as a nurse executive 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 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 a professor and department chair in Nursing at MSU.

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