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 of Nursing


Highest Degree

D.N.Sc., University of San Diego

Courses Taught

  • NURSING 6000 Theoretical Foundations of Nursing
  • NURSING 8000 Nursing Knowledge Development

Research Interests

The impact of nurse workforce and nursing practice on patients outcomes; hospital discharge and transition from hospital to home-based care; quality of discharge teaching; readiness for hospital discharge; health team communication. Perinatal health care, with an emphasis on postpartum continuum of care, postpartum weight management; theory-guided research.

Professional Affiliations

  • Sigma Theta
  • Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
  • AcademyHealth
  • Midwest Nursing Research Society
  • Wisconsin Association for Perinatal Care


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

Selected Publications

For full list of publications, see

Link to Marquette University E-Publications- Weiss Then click on nursing

Mabire, C., Coffey, A., & Weiss, M. (in press). Readiness for Hospital Discharge Scale for Older People: development and psychometric testing from three countries. Journal of Advanced Nursing.

Bobay, K.L., Bahr, S., Weiss, M.E., Hughes, R., Costa, L.  (in press).  Models of discharge care in Magnet hospitals. Journal of Nursing Administration

Weiss, M.E Bobay, K.L., Bahr, S., Costa, L. Hughes, R., & Holland, D.E. (in press).  Discharge preparation: A model for hospital discharge transition care. Journal of Nursing Administration

Ohlendorf, J.M., Weiss, M.E., & Oswald, D.  (in press). Predictors of engagement in postpartum weight self-management behaviors in the first 12 weeks after birth. Journal          of Advanced Nursing

Lerret, S. M., Weiss, M. E., Stendahl, G., Chapman, S., Menendez, J., Williams, L., Nadler, M., Neighbors, K., Amsden, K., Cao, Y., Nugent, M., Alonso, E., & Simpson, P. (2015). Pediatric Solid Organ Transplant Recipients: Transition to Home and Chronic Illness Care.  Pediatric Transplantation, 19 (1), 118-129.  

Yakusheva, O., Lindrooth. R., & Weiss, M.E. (2014). Nurse value-added and patient outcomes in acute care. Health Services Research, 49(6), 1767–1786.

Yakusheva, O., Lindrooth. R., & Weiss, M.E. (2014). Economic evaluation of the 80    percent baccalaureate nurse workforce recommendation: a patient-level analysis. Medical Care. 52(10), 864-869.

Lerret, S. M., Weiss, M. E., Stendahl, G., Chapman, S., Neighbors, K., Amsden, K., Lokar, J., Voit, A., Menendez, J., & Alonso, E. (2014).  Transition from Hospital to Home Following Pediatric Sold Organ Transplant: Qualitative Findings of the Parent Experience.”  Pediatric Transplantation, 18, 527-537.

Weiss, M.E., Costa, L., Yakusheva, O., & Bobay. K. (2014). Validation of patient and    nurse short forms of the Readiness for Hospital Discharge Scale and their relationship to return to the hospital. Health Services Research, 49(1), 304-317.

Jerofke, T., Weiss, M., & Yakusheva, O. (2014). Patient perceptions of patient-empowering nurse behaviors, patient activation and functional health status in postsurgical patients with life-threatening long-term illnesses. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 70(6), 1310-1322.

Honors and Awards

  • 2004 Marquette University College of Nursing Regner Research Award, Postpartum Weight Management. Role: Principal Investigator


  • 2014-2017. American Nurses Credentialing Center. READI Study: Readiness Evaluation And Discharge Interventions Study. The goal of this study is to test the implementation of discharge readiness assessment as a standard nursing practice for hospital discharge in 34 Magnet hospitals. Role: Principal Investigator
  • 2007-2009 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, A Quality And Cost Analysis Of Nurse Practice Predictors of Readiness For Hospital Discharge And Post - Discharge Outcomes. The goal of the study was to determine the impact of nurse staffing variables measured at the nursing unit level on the quality of discharge teaching and patient readiness for hospital discharge, and the subsequent impact on readmission and emergency department utilization in the 30 days post-hospital discharge. Role: Principal Investigator
  • 2005-2010 National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Children’s Study — Waukesha County Vanguard Center. Role Co-Investigator
  • 2005-2007 Healthy Wisconsin Partnership Program, PeriData: A Rural/Urban Information Network. Role: Consultant. Developed and conducted trainings and training materials on assessment and monitoring of perinatal quality using