This month we spotlight Dr. Vicki Moss, who served as Editorial Review Group Chair for Nursing Theory from 1998 to 2013. She stepped down from the position only when she retired, a little over a year ago, after shepherding reviews of titles in her area for Doody Enterprises for those 16 years. Over that time, we sent her 282 titles, and she organized reviews of 190 of them. Like some of our Chairs, Dr. Moss reviewed many of the books (133), but she also recruited 12 experts who reviewed the remaining 57.
Dr. Moss is currently Professor Emeritus of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh College of Nursing. She received her Diploma in Nursing from Bellin School of Nursing, Green Bay, WI, her BSN from the University of Wisconsin Green Bay, her Masters in Community Mental Health Nursing from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, and her PhD in Psychiatric Nursing from Rush University, Chicago, IL. In addition, she has a Bachelor’s of Music from St. Norbert College, DePere, WI. She has over 30 years of experience in teaching both undergraduate and graduate nursing. She has authored more than 40 journal articles, chapters in several textbooks, and a film for the Association of Operating Room Nurses (AORN) on setting a therapeutic environment in the operating room through the use of music, relaxation techniques, and other complementary therapies.
She has held leadership positions at the state and national level for AORN, and at the state and district level for the Wisconsin Nurses and District Nurses Associations. She applied her music background in completing her master’s thesis, using music to aid in decreasing anxiety for operating room patients. Her latest research was with victims of domestic violence, interviewing both Caucasian and African American women who had successfully terminated abusive relationships. She is spending her retirement directing and singing in her church choir, playing the piano, and studying French.