University of Vermont

College of Nursing and Health Sciences
Marcia Bosek

Marcia Bosek, DNSc, RN

Associate Professor of Nursing

Marcia Bosek Office: 002E Rowell
Phone: (802) 656-3211

Dr. Marcia Bosek joined the Department of Nursing at the University of Vermont full-time in the fall of 2009 after holding a joint appointment for two and a half years between University of Vermont and Fletcher Allen Health Care, where she served as a clinical ethicist. Before moving to Vermont, she was an associate professor at Rush University where she taught nursing and ethics to undergraduate and graduate students. In addition to her academic role, she was also a member of the Rush University Medical Center's ethics consultation service for 17 years.

Dr. Bosek (2007) co-authored a nursing ethics textbook titled The ethical component of nursing education: Integrating ethics into clinical experiences. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau, and America Society for Bioethics and Humanities. Currently, Dr. Bosek is a member of American Nurses Association's Revision Panel-Advisory Committee for The Code of Ethics for Nurses. Her program of research focuses on how healthcare professionals make clinical ethical decisions. In 2013, she joined other nursing faculty to begin studying learning outcomes and ethical issues related to simulation learning.


DNSc., Rush University, Nursing Ethics, 1989
MS, Indiana University, Nursing, 1982
BS, Goshen College, Nursing, 1978

Courses Taught

GRNU 316 - Practicum: Adults and Elders
PRNU 111 - Nursing Research
NH 251-252 - Honors College Seminar and Project

Research Interests

Dr. Bosek's program of research has three foci: ethical decision-making, qualitative methods and simulation learning.

Current research projects include:

  • Confidentiality of Information During Simulation
  • Impact of Video IPAD Technology on Nursing Student Wound Care Skill Acquisition
Selected Publications

Bosek, M.S.D., Jannette, J., & Rambur, B. (2013). Attitudes of nurses toward patient-directed dying: A pilot study. JONA's Healthcare Law, Ethics & Regulation, 15(4), 135-139. doi: 10.1097/NHL.0000000000000017 [Research article] (Abstract)

Jannette, J., Bosek, M.S.D., & Rambur, B. (2013). Advance practice registered nurse (APRN) intended actions toward patient-directed dying. JONA's Healthcare Law, Ethics & Regulation, 15(2), 80-88. doi: 10.1097/NHL.Ob013e33182919e81 [Research article] [Selected as CEU Test article] (Abstract)

Bosek, M.S.D., Hamel-Bissell, B., & Whitney, S.L. (2013). Looking good or good nutrition? Rapid weight loss through enteral feedings: Ethical and clinical considerations: Ethical case. JONA's Healthcare Law, Ethics & Regulation, 15(1), 44-50. doi: 10.1097/NHL.0b013e31828817b4 (Abstract)

Laramee, A.S., Bosek, M., Shaner-McRae, H. & Powers-Phaneuf, T. (2012). A comparison of nurse attitudes before implementation and 6 and 18 months after implementation of an electronic health record. Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 30(10), 521-530. [Research article] (Abstract)

Bosek, M.S.D., & Sargeant, I. (2012). Living kidney donor advocacy program: A quality improvement project. JONA's Healthcare Law, Ethics & Regulation, 14(1), 19-26.(Abstract)

Laramee, A., Bosek, M., Kasprisin, C., & Powers-Phaneuf, T. (2011). Learning from within to insure a successful implementation of an electronic health record. Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 29(8), 466-477. [Research Article] (Abstract)

Bosek, M. S. D., Glenn, L. M., & Reynolds, L. (2011). Is it ethical to do dialysis but not CPR? JONA's Healthcare Law, Ethics & Regulation, 13(2), 47-52.

Bosek, M. (2011). Ethical Decision-Making in Anesthesia. In S. D. Foster & M. Faut-Callahan (Eds.) A professional study and resource guide for the CRNA (pp. 501-520). Park Ridge, IL: AANA Publishing, Inc.

Bosek, M. S. D., & Shaner-McRae, H. (2010). Hand hygiene as standard of practice: Do the rules apply to all healthcare professionals? JONA's Healthcare Law, Ethic, & Regulation, 12(4),101-105. (Abstract)

Bosek, M. S. D., & Ring, M. E. (2010). Does good documentation equate to good nursing care? JONA's Healthcare Law, Ethic, & Regulation, 12(2),43-47. (Abstract)

Bosek, M. S. D. (2009). Ethical Issues from the Perspective of the Registered Nurse. JONA's Healthcare Law, Ethic, & Regulation, 11(3), 91-99. (Abstract)

Bosek, M., Li, S., & Hicks, F. (2007). Working with Standardized Patients: A Primer. International Journal of Nursing Education, 4(1), article 16 (electronic journal). (Abstract)

Bosek, M.S.D. & Savage, T.A. (2007). The ethical component of nursing education: Integrating ethics into clinical experiences. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.

Honors and Awards

Folta Deck Award for Achievements in Nursing Research, Kappa Tau Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau, 2010
Winner of the Poster Presentation Award, American Association of Heart Failure Nurses Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, MN, 2009.
(Authors: A. Laramee, M. Bosek, C. Kasprisin, & T. Powers-Phaneuf)
American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award; Medi-Sim Clinical Simulation in Ethical Decision-making CD ROM, 2001

Professional Affiliations

American Nurses Association: Vermont State Nurses Association (District 1)
American Society for Bioethics and Humanities
Sigma Theta Tau International; Kappa Tau Chapter

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