Professor Emerita

Dr. Marcia Bosek joined the Department of Nursing at the University of Vermont full-time in the fall of 2009 and was awarded tenure in 2012. 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.

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 and Sigma Theta Tau International. 2014-2021, Dr. Bosek served as a member of the American Nurses Association’s Ethics and Human Rights Advisory Committee (EAC). Through this committee, Dr. Bosek was involved in drafting the ANA’s position concerning current ethical issues experienced by nurses, such as medical aid in dying, pain management and volunteerism. Dr. Bosek also serves as a peer reviewer for several nursing research journals.

Since 2018, Dr. Bosek has served as the Nurse Scientist in the Department of Nursing at the University of Vermont Medical Center. In this role, Dr. Bosek facilitated the implementation of nursing research and mentored nurse involvement in nursing research projects.

Research and/or Creative Works

Dr. Bosek’s individual program of research focuses on clinical ethical decision-making. She is an experienced qualitative researcher. Current research projects include the lived experience of providing care during the pandemic and ethical issues in home health nursing. At UVMMC, Dr. Bosek is working with nurses to investigate the Lived Experience of Proving Nursing Care without the Assistance of Computer Supported Technology following a Cyber Attack.


Uphill, M., Bosek, M.S.D., & Turner, M. (2018). Moral agency in the context of global volunteering. Creative Nursing: A Journal of Values, Issues, Experience, and Collaboration, 24(3), 158-162.

Bosek, M. S. D. (2018). Involving an ethics consultant. Nursing 2018, 48(9),12-13. DOI: 10-1097/01.NURSE.0000544226.84771.15

American Nurses Association. (2018). The ethical responsibility to manage pain and the suffering it causes. Silver Springs, MD: Author. (M.Bosek (chair), M.Turner, E. Weber).

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

Jannette, J., Bosek, M.S.D., & Rambur, B. (2013). Advance practice registered nurse (APRN) intended actions toward patient-directed dying. JONA Healthcare Law, Ethics & Regulation, 15(2), 80-88. doi: 10.1097/NHL.Ob013e3182919e81 [Research article] [Selected as CEU Test article]

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

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] (Accepted for reprint in second 2013 print collection, centered on the theme "EHR Acceptance/Productivity.")

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


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

Awards and Recognition

  • 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

Associations and Affiliations

  • American Nurses Association; ANA Vermont
  • Sigma Theta Tau International; Kappa Tau Chapter
Marcia Bosek

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

Ethical decision-making, qualitative methods, simulation learning


  • D.N.Sc., Nursing Ethics; Rush University
  • M.S., Nursing; Indiana University
  • B.S., Nursing; Goshen College


  • (802) 879-1697
Office Location:

209 Rowell Building

Courses Taught

  • GRNU 303: Practicum: Adults and Elders
  • PRNU 111: Research in Nursing