lavin-at-the-delRoberta P. Lavin, PhD, FNP, FAAN


The curse of a nurse is an educated mind often formed by religious and social backgrounds combined with work experiences which enable us to see things from a little different perspective. Principles of religion, education, and nursing practice illuminate what is wrong in our society.

Nursing is a calling to care for the health of all; to share and advance knowledge is a responsibility. All that love their vocation and want to nurture those who have a desire to care for the sick and the injured, change health policy, and improve outcomes will find a kindred spirit.

Nursing requires a broad understanding of the human condition, including cultures, religions, and history. As teachers, we should:

  • Instill a desire for service to others
  • Inspire joy in learning and facilitate life-long learning skills
  • Develop students that are critical thinkers and exercise sound judgment
  • Ensure students master the basics and proceed into the vocation with confidence
  • Advance knowledge through service, research, and administration
  • Always encourage the growth of the whole person – mind, body, and spirit

This website is designed to share experiences and view on practice, policy, teaching, and social justice. More importantly, it is to help others to take a broader view of the role of nursing,  encourage the free sharing of information and tools that can enhance the educational experience, influence policy, and advocate for social justice. If you want to post your own thoughts or blogs I’m happy to post them or give you access to post your own.

My Research and Scholarship

My research and scholarships address critical topics in disaster preparedness and public health & human services emergency preparedness, with a focus on implications for policy related to the profession of nursing. My scholarship is backed up by 20 years as a U.S. Public Health Service officer including being Director of Secretary’s Operations Center at HHS, Chief of Staff/Chief Policy Officer for the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, and Director of the Office of Human Services Emergency Preparedness and Response. My personal biography is available on my LinkedIn page.

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I collaborate with some wonderful nurses and academics on publications that I hope inform nursing and public health emergency preparedness policy, education, and practice.

Compassion: sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress together with a desire to alleviate it.

Policy:  a definite course or method of action selected from among alternatives and in light of given conditions to guide and determine present and future decision.

Compassionate Policy:  a definite course or method of action selected from among alternatives, in light of given conditions to guide and determine present and future decisions in a sympathetic manner that is conscious of the distress of others and demonstrates a desire to alleviate that distress.

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