Webinar: An Interview with Dr. Marilyn A. Ray

Presented by the SNRS Qualitative RIG 

April 11, 2017

1:00-2:00 pm ET

No Cost

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This webinar will discuss, by means of an interview by Dr. Shirley Gordon, a focus on the grounded theory and historical evolution of the Theory of Bureaucratic Caring* of Dr. Marilyn A. Ray. The Theory of Bureaucratic Caring was discovered through qualitative research in 1981 and illuminates the meaning of caring as humanistic, ethical, spiritual and social in relation to the bureaucracy- economic, political, technological and legal dimensions of the institutional health care/hospital culture. The Theory of Bureaucratic Caring evolved over the decades through research, application and use to integrate the tenets of complexity science, holographic and chaos theories and transtheoretical processes. Currently, the theory is used as a structural framework for many applications in nursing education, organizational analyses, economic analysis, information technology, sociocultural systems, primary care, and most recently in the United States Air Force Medical Service for the development of an Interdisciplinary Professional Practice Model.


We welcome nurse educators, students, clinicians, nurse practitioners, nurse administrators, and other health care professionals to engage in learning about how grounded theory evolves from continued research and multiple applications in health care and nursing administration, health care organizations and nursing practice.


Moderator: Dr. Shirley Gordon, PhD, NCSN, AHN-BC 


Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University


Presenter: Dr. Marilyn A. Ray, RN, PhD, CTN-A, FSfAA, FAAN, FESPCH (hon) 

Professor Emeritus

Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University


* The Theory of Bureaucratic Caring is published in articles, chapters, and a book, by Ray, M. (2010). A study of caring within an institutional culture: The Discovery of the Theory of Bureaucratic Caring. Germany: Lambert Publishing.


Recent chapter: Ray, M. & Turkel, M. (2015). Marilyn Anne Ray's Theory of Bureaucratic Caring. In M. Smith & M. Parker (Eds.), Nursing Theories and Nursing Practice (4th ed.)(pp. 461-482). Philadelphia: F. A. Davis Company.