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Ptlene Minick PhD, RN

Retired, Associate Professor    

1992 Ph.D. Medical College of Georgia, Augusta, GA Major: Nursing
1980 M.N. Emory University, Atlanta, GA Major: Adult Health, Critical Care Nursing
1979 B.S. Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA Major: Adult Health Nursing
1973 Diploma Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta, GA Major: Nursing


Medical-Surgical, Emergency Department, and Critical-care nursing


Dr. Ptlene Minick began her program of research with qualitative funded by small grants after graduating from her doctoral program in 1992.  Her work, using an interpretive methodology based on human experiences, resulted in theory generation and provided the framework for instrument development.  Obtaining federal funding provided the opportunity for her to gain expertise in quantitative methods linking nursing expertise with patient outcomes. Continuing to expand this area of science, she recently developed an intervention that increases nursing expertise. She is currently refining and conducting further testing with this intervention.

The quality of Dr. Minick’s scholarship has been recognized by prestigious national and state organizations.  She received an award from the Oncology Nursing Society for a study on children’s perceptions of cancer, “Oncology Nursing Society, Quality of Life Award.”  More recently, she was awarded “Researcher of the Year Award” from the Georgia Nurses Association, Cabinet on Nursing Research.  This award exemplifies excellence in conducting, disseminating, applying, and teaching/mentoring nursing research in Georgia.

Dr. Minick is known for her mentoring skills in research. Doctoral students who work with her invariably succeed in obtaining funding for their research, and they learn how to disseminate their work through poster or podium presentations and publications.

Dr. Minick has presented her work nationally and internationally and numerous publications and presentations to her credit.


  • Gritzmacher, D. &  Minick, P. (In press). Ethical decision making with post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP): A double-edged sword.
  • Fraiser, D. , Kee, C. & Minick, P. (2006) The Insider’s Perspective on Living with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in Advanced Nursing Practice, 55(5), 550-558.
  • Corley, M. Minick, P., Elswick, R.K., & Jacobs, M. (2005). Nurse moral distress and ethical work environment. Nursing Ethics, 12(4), 381-390.
  • Goodfellow, L. & Minick, P. (2004). Early recognition and critical thinking in clinical practice (Abstract) Respiratory Care, 49 (11), 1380.
  • Minick, P. & Harvey, S. (2003).The early recognition of patient problems among medical-surgical nurses. MedSurg NursingThe Journal of Adult Health, 12 (5), 291-297.
  • Corley, M. & Minick, P. (2002). Moral distress and moral comfort. Bioethics Forum, 18(1/2), 7-14.
  • Foley, B. J., Kee, C., Minick, P, Harvey, S., Jennings, B. (2002). Characteristics of nurses and hospital work environments that foster satisfaction and clinical expertise. Journal of Nursing Administration, 32(5), 273-282.
  • Hightower, S. Carmon, M., & Minick, P. (2002). A qualitative descriptive study of the lived esperiences of school-aged children with epilepsy. Journal of Pediatric Health Care,16 (3), 131-137.
  • Foley, B.J., Minick, P., Kee, C. (2002). How nurses learn advocacy. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 34 (2), 181-186.
  • DeForge, V., Zander, S., Minick, P., & Carmon, M. (2001). Children’s perceptions of homelessness, Pediatric Nursing, 27(4), 337-383.
  • Foley, B. J., Minick, P., & Kee, C. (2000). Nursing advocacy during a military operation. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 22 (4), 492-507.
  • Parker, C., Minick, P., & Kee, C. (1999). Clinical decision making processes in perioperative nursing. AORN, 70(1), 1-12.
  • Kee, C., Minick, P., & Connor, A.  (1999).  Nursing students and Faculty attitudes toward people who are homeless.  American Journal of Health Behavior, 23(1), 3-12.
  • Minick, P., Kee, C., Borkat, L., Cain, T., & Oparah-Iwobi, T.  (1998).  Nursing perceptions of people who are homeless: An interpretative study.   Western Journal of Nursing Research
  • Gray, D. P., Kramer, M., Minick, P., McGehee, L., Thomas, D., Greiner, D.  (1996).  Heterosexism in nursing.  Journal of Nursing Education, 35(5), 204-210.
  • O’Steen, D., Kee, C., & Minick, P.  (1996).  The retention of ACLS knowledge among registered nurses.  Journal of Nursing Staff Development, 12(2), 66-72 .
  • Minick, P., (1995).  The power of human caring:  Early recognition of patient problems.  The Journal of Scholarly Inquiry:  An International Journal, 9(4), 303-317.