Marjorie Batey, PhD, RN, FAAN was born in Hamburg Iowa. She received her high school diploma from St. Patrick’s Academy in Sidney, Nebraska; her nursing diploma from Sacred Heart Hospital School of Nursing in Spokane, Washington, her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Univer­sity of Washington, Seattle; her Master of Science (Psychi­atric Nursing) from the Univer­sity of Colorado in Boulder, and her Doctor of Philos­ophy (Sociology) from the Univer­sity of Colorado in Boulder.

Dr. Batey has worked in many roles – as a staff nurse in California, and Seattle; a Residence Nurse in the Women’s Residence Halls at the Univer­sity of Washington, an Instructor in Psychi­atric Nursing at the Univer­sity of Colorado School of Nursing in Denver; as a Research Assis­tant in the Behav­ioral Science Insti­tute at the Univer­sity of Colorado in Boulder; as the Project Director of Nursing Research Programs for the Western Commis­sion for Higher Educa­tion (WICHE) in Boulder, before coming to the Univer­sity of Washington School of Nursing as a Nursing Instructor in 1956… sounds like the Cherry Ames series!

Marjorie V. Batey was one of the key people in the devel­op­ment and growth of nursing research, specif­i­cally at the Univer­sity of Washington School of Nursing, but also for the Western region. She provided concep­tual and infra­struc­ture frame­works that continue to influ­ence nursing science throughout the nation and the world. She was one of the founders of the Western Society for Research in Nursing, along with two icons of nursing – Jo Eleanor Elliott and Katherine Hoffman. This society and its research confer­ences was one of the strate­gies of a grant from the Federal Division of Nursing to the Western Inter­state Commis­sion for Higher Educa­tion in Nursing (WICHEN), a regional consor­tium of univer­si­ties in 13 states, to increase the quantity and quality of nursing research projects. These confer­ences and their related publi­ca­tion, Commu­ni­cating Nursing Research, continues to this day as part of the Western Insti­tute of Nursing. Dr. Batey edited the first ten volumes of Commu­ni­cating Nursing Research from its incep­tion in 1968 until she retired in 1993. Her careful editor­ship set high standards for the reporting of nursing research.

Dr. Batey obtained one of the early federal grants for research devel­op­ment from the Division of Nursing (Depart­ment of Health, Educa­tion and Welfare), from which the formal infra­struc­ture for the Univer­sity of Washington research effort devel­oped. She was the first director of the Univer­sity of Washington School of Nursing Office for Nursing Research, and her publi­ca­tion on this endeavor has been influ­en­tial as other schools of nursing throughout the nation estab­lished offices and centers to facil­i­tate research. She also used her under­standing of organi­za­tional sociology to frame a national study of national research infra­struc­ture in nursing, publishing that report with the Division in the late 1970’s.

In 1972, Dr. Batey became the first chair of the ANA Council of Nurse Researchers. Her efforts were instru­mental in mobilizing national concern for nursing research. Her work included devel­op­ment of a legisla­tive network that led to release of funds for nursing research that had been impounded during the Nixon administration.

Dr. Batey served as a mentor of the early Research in Nursing and Patient Care Committee of the Division of Nursing. In her tenure on this committee she contributed to shaping the science through classic publi­ca­tions such as Concep­tu­al­izing Nursing Research. Retained by the Division of Nursing to evaluate the Faculty Research Develop Grants impact on nursing research devel­op­ment, Dr. Batey found that empha­sizing the devel­op­ment of individual scholars was ineffec­tive in devel­oping the science of nursing. Instead, she found that the academic environ­ment would flourish only if it became more supportive of faculty research. She empha­sized the impor­tance of creating condi­tions essen­tial for a research-oriented subcul­ture to thrive, the need for a norma­tive shift among faculty of schools of nursing from empha­sizing not only educa­tion, but also research.

Dr. Batey’s emphasis on concep­tual and theoret­ical frame­works for nursing science are reflected in her seminal papers in the nursing research liter­a­ture in the forma­tive years of the science. In addition, her careful work with her colleague Dr. Frances Lewis in concep­tual analysis of key concepts of profes­sional practice continue to influ­ence research today.

Marjorie Batey has educated thousands of students in research methods, having taught graduate students at the Univer­sity of Washington since the late 1960’s when she completed her PhD in Sociology.

Marge created an office to support nursing research at the Univer­sity of Washington. During her tenure, the office grew from supporting a few small efforts within the school to supporting an entire faculty with the ultimate outcome of having the highest number of National Insti­tutes of Health funded grants and the largest dollar amounts of NIH grants awarded to any school of nursing in the country!

Although she is an emeritus professor now, Dr. Batey continues to support the UW School of Nursing with her consul­ta­tion and emotional support. Dean, Nancy Fugate Woods, in her support letter said, Without her early influ­ence on the school, it is hard for anyone to imagine the School of Nursing at the Univer­sity of Washington would have its current level of research activity. More impor­tantly, it would be hard to imagine that we would be contributing to the devel­op­ment of new knowl­edge for practice.”