Marianne E. Weiss, D.N.Sc., RN

Marianne Weiss
Marianne E. Weiss, D.N.Sc., RNMarquette University

Clark Hall, 345

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-3855

Professor Emeritus


Hospital Discharge Scales

Highest Degree and Institution

D.N.Sc., University of San Diego

Courses Taught

NURS 6000:  Theoretical Foundations of Nursing

NURS 8000:  Nursing Knowledge Development

Research Interests

As emeritus faculty, Dr. Weiss continues to be an active researcher extending her longstanding program of research on the contribution of acute care nurses to patient outcomes at discharge and post-discharge. This research includes the impact of nursing staffing structure and quality of discharge teaching on readiness for hospital and post-discharge return to hospital for readmission or ED visits. With my collaborators, this work focuses on intervention studies and large sample and multi-site studies of the characteristics and performance of the individual nurse, the complement of nurses within a nursing unit, and the interprofessional team in relation to patient care outcomes including inpatient mortality, patient safety outcomes, and discharge transition outcomes. 

Hospital Discharge Scales: Dr. Weiss has authored and rigorously tested 3 scales to measure nurse contribution to the discharge transition variables: Quality of Discharge Teaching Scale, Readiness for Hospital Discharge Scale, and Post-Discharge Coping Difficulty Scale. The scales have been translated into several languages.

READI Study: a 33-hospital cluster randomized trial of implementation of discharge readiness as a standard practice for hospital discharge.

Professional Affiliations


Midwest Nursing Research Society

Sigma Theta Tau International


Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, St. Joseph/Sister Rosalie Klein Professor of Women’s Health


Full list of publications

Link to Marquette University E-Publications- Weiss 

2020    Weiss, M. & Yakusheva, O. (in press). Challenges in conducting a multi-site cluster-randomized pragmatic clinical trial to test the effectiveness of a discharge readiness assessment protocol. SAGE Research Methods Cases: Medicine & Health

2020    Weiss, M.E., Lerret, S.M., & Sawin, K., Schiffman, R. (2020). Parent Readiness for Hospital Discharge Scale: Short form and association with post-discharge coping difficulty and readmissions. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 34(1), 30-37. DOI:

2020    Bahr, S.J., Bang, J., Yakusheva, O., Bobay, K.L., Krejci, J., Costa, L., Hughes., Hamilton, M., Siclovan, D., & Weiss, M.E. (2020). The effect of continuity of nursing care at discharge and return to hospital. Nursing Research. E-pub ahead of print. doi: 10.1097/NNR.0000000000000417

2019    Weiss, M.E., Kapinos, K., Yakusheva, O. (2019).  Maternal weight changes across the childbearing cycle and the effects on subsequent pregnancy outcomes. JOGNN, 48, 615–626; 2019.

2019    Yakusheva, O., Weiss, M.E., Bobay, K.L, Costa, L., Hughes, R.G., Hamilton. M., Bang. J. & Buerhaus, P. (2019). Individual nurse productivity in preparing patients for discharge is associated with patient likelihood of 30-day return to hospital. Medical Care, 57(9), 688-694.   doi: 10.1097/MLR.0000000000001170

2019    Yakusheva, O., Kelly, D.K., Bobay, K.L., Parada, J.P., & Weiss, M. E. (2019). Variability in catheter associated asymptomatic bacteriuria rates among individual nurses in intensive care units: An observational cross-sectional study. PLOS ONE, 14(7):e0218755.

2019    Ryan, P., Weiss, M., Papanek, P., & Csukla, M. (2019).  A substruction approach to assessing the theoretical validity of measures. Journal of Nursing Measurement, 27(1), 126-145.

2019    Weiss, M.E., Yakusheva, O., Bobay, K.B., Costa, L., Hughes, R.G., Nuccio, S., Hamilton, M., Bahr, S., Siclovan, D., Bang J.   (2019). Effect of a discharge readiness assessment on return to hospital in adult medical-surgical patients: The READI randomized clinical trial. JAMA Network Open, 2(1):e187387. doi:10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2018.7387

2019    Opper, K., Beiler, J., Yakusheva, O. & Weiss, M.E. (2019). Effects of implementing a health team communication redesign on hospital readmissions within 30 days.  Worldviews on Evidence Based Nursing, 16(2), 121-130.  doi: 10.1111/wvn.12350

2019    Beiler, J., Opper, K., & Weiss, M. (2019). Integrating research and quality improvement using TeamSTEPPS®: A health team communication project to improve hospital discharge. Clinical Nurse Specialist, 33(1), 22-32.

2019    Bahr, S. & Weiss, M.E. (2019).  Clarifying model for continuity of care: A concept analysis. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 25(2), e12704.

2018    Silva Silva, V., Espinoza Quiroz. P., & Weiss, M. (2018). Percepciones ante la preparación al alta en pacientes médico-quirúrgicos de un hospital de alta complejidad, Index De Enfermería/Primer-Segundo Trimestre, 27(1-2), 23-27.

2018    Bobay, K.L., Weiss, M.E., Oswald, D., & Yakusheva, O. (2018). Validation of the Registered Nurse Readiness for Hospital Discharge Scale (RN-RHDS). Nursing Research, 67(4), 305-313. DOI: 10.1097/NNR.0000000000000293

2018    Weiss, M.E., Bobay, K.L., Johantgen, M., Shirey, M. (2018). Aligning evidence-based practice with translational research: Opportunities for Clinical Practice Research. Journal of Nursing Administration, 48(9), 425-431  doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000644.

2018    Candela. L., Piacentine, L., Bobay, K., & Weiss, M.E. (2018). Teaching students to teach patients: A theory-guided approach. Journal of Nursing Education and Practice, 8(11). 92-101. DOI: 10.5430/jnep.v8n11p92   URL:

2018    Newman,, A.R., Faut-Callahan, M., Lerret, S.M., Oswald, D.L., & Weiss, M.E. (2018). Pediatric oncology nurses’ experiences with prognosis-related communication. Oncology Nursing Forum, 45(3), 327–337. DOI 10.1188/18.ONF.327-337

2018   Siqueira, T.H., Vila, V.S.C., & Weiss, M.E. (2018) Adaptação transcultural do instrumento Readiness For Hospital Discharge Scale – Adult Form. Revista Brasileira Enfermagem (Rev Bras Enferm) [Internet]. 2018;71(3):983-991. DOI:

Also published in English translation:  

Siqueira, T.H., Vila, V.S.C., & Weiss, M.E. (2018) Cross-cultural adaptation of the instrument Readiness For Hospital Discharge Scale - Adult Form Revista Brasileira Enfermagem (Rev Bras Enferm) [Internet]. 2018;71(3):983-991. DOI:

2018   Johantgen, M., Weiss, M., Lundmark, V., Newhouse, R., Haller, K., Unruh, L., & Shirey, M. (2018). Building infrastructure for research in magnet hospitals: Current status and future directions. Journal of Nursing Administration, 48(9), 198-204.

2017    Kapinos K., Yakusheva, O., & Weiss, M. (2017). Cesarean deliveries and maternal weight retention. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth, 17:343.

2017   Sawin, K., Weiss, M.E., Johnson, N., Gralton, K., Malin, S., Klingbeil, C., Lerret, S. M.,    Thompson, J., Zimmanck. K., Kaul, M., & Schiffman, R (2017). Development of a self- management theory-guided discharge intervention for parents of hospitalized children.  Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 49(2), 202-213. DOI: 10.1111/jnu.12284

2017    Yakusheva, O., Kapinos, K. & Weiss, M.E. (2017). Maternal weight after childbirth versus aging-related weight changes. Women’s Health Issues. 27(2):174-180. doi: 10.1016/j.whi.2016.12.001.

2017    Yakusheva, O. & Weiss, M.E. (2017). Rankings matter: nurse graduates from higher-      ranked institutions have higher productivity. BMC: Health Services Research, 17:134.  DOI: 10.1186/s12913-017-2074-x

2017   Weiss, M.E., Sawin, K., Gralton, K., Johnson, N., Klingbeil, C., Lerret, S.M., Malin, M.,      Yakusheva, O., & Schiffman, R. (2017).  Discharge teaching, readiness for discharge, and post-discharge outcomes in parents of hospitalized children. Journal of Pediatric            Nursing, 34, 58-64.

2017    Yakusheva O., Costa, D.K., & Weiss, M.E. (2017). Discontinuity in acute care nursing     impacts patient clinical condition. Medical Care, 55(4), 421-427.  doi:10:1097/MLR.0000000000000670         

2017    Bahr, S.J., Siclovan, D., Opper, K., Beiler, J., Bobay, K.L., & Weiss, M.E. (2017). Interprofessional health team communication about hospital discharge: An implementation science evaluation study. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 32(4), 285-292. doi:10:1097/NCQ.0000000000000238


2020-2022: Consultant (PI: Baird, J.). “California-based Nurse-led Discharge Learning (CANDLE) Collaborative – Phase II”, Lucille Packard Foundation

2019-2024: Consultant (PI: Polfuss, M.). “Body Composition and Energy Expenditure in Youth with Spina Bifida”, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

2019-2021: Consultant (PI: Wallace, A.). “Social Needs and Resources in the Evaluation and Enhancement of Discharge Support: The NEEDS Study”. Agency for Healthcare Research And Quality    

2014-2017: Principal Investigator. “READI (Readiness Evaluation And Discharge Interventions): Implementation as a Standard Nursing Practice for Hospital Discharge”, American Nurse Credentialing Center.

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