Associate Professor
Office Phone
(414) 288-3855



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

Highest Degree/School

DNSc, University of San Diego

Brief Statement of Scholarly Interests

Hospital discharge and transition from hospital to home-based care, quality of discharge teaching, readiness for hospital discharge; Perinatal health care, with an emphasis on postpartum continuum of care, postpartum weight management; theory-guided research.

Descriptive Titles of Courses Recently Taught

Scholarly Publications

Weiss, M.E. & Piacentine, L.B.  (2006). Psychometric properties of the Readiness for Hospital Discharge Scale.  Journal of Nursing Measurement, 14(3), 163-180.

Weiss, M.E., Piacentine, L.B., Lokken, L., Ancona, J., Archer, J., Gresser, S., Holmes, S.B., Toman, S., Toy, A., & Vega-Stromberg, T. (2007). Perceived readiness for hospital discharge in adult medical-surgical patients. Clinical Nurse Specialist, 21, 31-42.

Weiss, M., Johnson, N., Malin, S., Jerofke, T., Lang, C ., & Sherburne, E. (2008). Readiness for discharge in parents of hospitalized children.  Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 23(4), 282-295.

Maloney, L.R. & Weiss, M.E.  (2008). Patients’ perception of hospital discharge informational needs.  Clinical Nursing Research, 17. 200-219.

Miller, J.M., Piacentine, L.B., & Weiss, M. (2008). Coping difficulties after hospitalization.  Clinical Nursing Research, 17(4), 278-296.

Weiss, M. & Lokken, L. (2009). Predictors and outcomes of postpartum mothers’ perceptions of readiness for discharge after birth.  JOGNN, 38, 406-417.

Weiss, M., Fawcett, J. & Aber, C.  (2009).  Adaptation, postpartum concerns, and learning needs in the first two weeks after caesarean birth.  Journal of Clinical Nursing, 18(21), 2938–2948.

Weiss, M.E., Yakusheva, O, & Bobay, K.L.  (2010). Nurse and patient perceptions of discharge readiness in relation to post-discharge utilization. Medical Care, 48(5), 482-486.

Bobay, K., Jerofke, T, Weiss, M., & Yakusheva, O.  (2010). Age-related differences in perception of quality of discharge teaching and readiness for hospital discharge. Geriatric Nursing, 31(3), 178-187.

Nosbusch, J.M., Weiss, M.E., & Bobay, K.L.  (2011). An integrated review of the literature on challenges confronting the acute care staff nurse in discharge planning. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 20(5-6), 754-774.  

Bobay, K., Yakusheva, O., & Weiss, M.  (2011). Outcomes and cost analysis of the impact of unit-level nurse staffing on post-discharge utilization. Nursing Economics, 29(2), 69-78, 87.

Weiss, M., Yakusheva, O., & Bobay, K. (2011). Nursing staffing, readiness for hospital discharge, and post-discharge utilization. Health Services Research, 46(5), 1473-1494. DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-6773.2011.01267.x

Ryan, P., Weiss, M., Traxel, N., & Brondino, M.  (2011). Testing the Integrated Theory of Health Behavior Change for postpartum weight self-management. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 67(9), 2047-2059. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2011.05648.x  

Lerret, S. & Weiss, M.E. (2011). How ready are they? Parents of pediatric solid organ transplant recipients and the transition from hospital to home following transplant. Pediatric Transplantation,15,606–616 DOI: 10.1111/j.1399-3046.2011.01536.x.

Ohlendorf, J., Weiss, M.E., & Ryan, P. (2012) Weight-management information needs of postpartum women. MCN The American Journal of Maternal Child Nursing, 37(1), 56-63.

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