In Memoriam: Margaret A. Wheatley, PhD, RN, CNS

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Margaret A. Wheatley: 1945-2013
Dedicated Nurse, Educator, Researcher and Advocate

Margaret A. Wheatley, PhD, MSN, RN, CNS, alumna of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) at the American Nurses Association (ANA), class of 2008, passed away March 24, 2013.  She was 67. Wheatley, an assistant professor of nursing at Case Western Reserve University, Frances Payne Bolton  (FPB) School of Nursing, was a mental health-psychiatric nurse for over thirty years, she dedicated her career as a nurse, educator, researcher and advocate to serving vulnerable populations, especially the elderly.

A nursing diploma graduate, Wheatley earned her BSN in 1989 and later her MSN in psychiatric-mental health nursing in 1992, both from the University of Cincinnati. She continued her education and earned her PhD from the Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University in 2009.

With mental health and the aging population as her focus, Wheatley researched the influence of learned resourcefulness and sense of belonging in understanding the relationship between risk factors for depression and quality of life in the elderly population.

She served as the project director on two nursing studies funded by the National Institutes of Health. The first study focused on low intensity exercise in the frail elderly; the second examined brain trauma and behavioral changes in children.

Wheatley joined the FPB faculty in 2002, rising through the ranks, becoming an assistant professor in 2010. She taught psychiatric and mental health nursing and served as a mentor for numerous undergraduate and doctorate of nursing students at FPB.

Besides her teaching responsibilities, Wheatley served as president of the Ohio Nurses Association (ONA) from 1993 to 1997. During that time she was one of ten nurses who met individually with former President Bill Clinton. She was the founding Chair of the ONA Minority Issues Assembly--the largest ONA special interest group. In 1996, the American Nurses Association selected ONA under her leadership to receive its Affirmative Action Award

In 1999, Dr. Wheatley was honored with ONA's Dorothy L. Cornelius Award for Leadership. In 2008, she was named Educator of the Year by the National Black Nurses Association

In addition to her ONA leadership, she was an active member in the American Nurses Association, the National Black Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau International, the American Psychiatric Nurses Association, the Midwest Nursing Research Society and the Gerontological Society of America.

Besides her many colleagues and students, she leaves behind her mother, two sons, one daughter, and several grandchildren. Dr. Wheatley's kind and generous nature, warm heart and infectious laugh will forever be missed.

Her wake will be held on Saturday, March 30 at 8:30 a.m., followed by her funeral at noon. Both will be held at the House of Wheat Funeral Home, 2107 Gettysburg Avenue, Dayton, Ohio.

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