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



Hospital Discharge Scales

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; theory-guided research; evidence-based practice; translational research.

Professional Affiliations


Midwest Nursing Research Society

Sigma Theta Tau International


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

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

Opper, K., Beiler, J. & Weiss, M.E. (in press). Effects of implementing a health team communication redesign on hospital readmissions within 30 days.  Worldviews on Evidence Based Nursing.

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.

Bahr, S. & Weiss, M.E. (published early view).  Clarifying model for continuity of care: A concept analysis. International Journal of Nursing Practice. DOI: 10.1111/ijn.12704

Ryan, P., Weiss, M., Papanek, P., & Csukla, M. (in press).  A substruction approach to assessing the theoretical validity of measures. Journal of Nursing Measurement.

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

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.

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:

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

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

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

Johantgen, M., Weiss, M., Lundmark, V., Newhouse, R., Haller, K., Unruh, L., & Shirey, M. (2017). Building infrastructure for research in magnet hospitals: Current status and future directions. Journal of Nursing Administration, 47(4), 198-204.

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

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.

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

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.

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

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


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


Weiss, M.E & Bobay, K.L. Readiness for Discharge; Multi-site Study, Magnet Conference, Denver, CO, October 26.

Weiss, M.E., Yakusheva, O., Bobay, K.L., Costa, L.  & Hughes, R.G. Symposium: Translational Research to Reduce Readmissions. Council for The Advancement of Nursing Science, State of the Science Conference, Washington, DC, September 13-15.

  1. READI for discharge: Multi-site implementation trial
  2. Discharge readiness as a predictor of readmissions
  3. Research Participation Creates Nursing Practice Change
  4. Translational Research: Influences on Successful Implementation
  5. Overcoming Big Data Challenges of Multi-Site Translational Research

Weiss, M.E., Bobay, K.L., Costa, L. Symposium - Researching the nurse's contribution to discharge preparation and hospital readmission. Sigma Theta Tau International European Conference, Cambridge UK, June 4-6, 2018

  1. The READI (Readiness Evaluation and Dischrage Interventions) Study: A multi-site implementation study of the impact of discharge readiness assessment protocols on hospital readmission;
  2. Using Implementation Science to inform research conduct and interpretation: The READI study experience;
  3. Nurses perspectives on discharge practice change through participation in research.

Lerret, S., Johnson, N., Polfuss, M., Weiss, M., Sawin, K., White-Traut, R.  Schiffman, R., Garnier-Villarreal, M., Ahamed, S., Dobrozsi, S., Klingbeil, C., Gibson, C., Gralton,K., Malin, M. Pediatric SM-THINk (Self-Management Transition to Home INtervention): Nursing Interventions to Improve Discharge Outcomes. Midwest Nursing Research Society, Cleveland, Ohio, April 14, 2018, Late Breaking Poster Presentation.

Discharge Readiness Assessment as a Standard Practice for Hospital Discharge: Multi-Site and Local Hospital Findings of an Implementation Study. Health Care Research and Education Conference (Healthcare CON), Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA. March.

Communicating about Readiness for Discharge Study. Magnet Conference, Houston, TX, October.