• The Ida May "Dotty" Barnes, RN, & D. Keith Barnes, MD, Presidential Endowed Chair , College Of Nursing
  • Professor, College Of Nursing
  • WOC for Research, George E. Whalen Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Research Summary

Preventing Falls: ID types of falls, fall-prone typologies, & development of Morse Fall Scale. Studied use of restraints and developed alternative protections for restraint-free care. Wrote articles/books for nurses to initiate intervention programs. Present focus on reestablishing Morse Fall Scale and developing a safe hospital bed. Suffering & Enduring: Research focus on redirecting theoretical basis of nursing to patient experience and exploring nonpharmaceutical means to ease suffering.


  • PhD, Nursing (Transcultural), University of Utah
  • PhD, Anthropology (Physical), University of Utah
  • MA, Anthropology (Physical), University of Utah
  • MS, Nursing (Transcultural), The Pennsylvania State University


Janice M. Morse, PhD (Nurs), PhD (Anthro), FAAN, is a professor and presidential endowed chair at the University of Utah College of Nursing, and professor emeritus, University of Alberta, Canada.  She has also held positions as professor at the University of Alberta, Canada, and The Pennsylvania State University.  From 1997-2007 she was the founding director and scientific director of the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology, University of Alberta, founding editor of the International Journal of Qualitative Methods, and editor for the Qual Press monograph series.  She presently serves as the founding editor of Qualitative Health Research (now in Volume 21), is the editor for the monograph series Developing Qualitative Inquiry, and The Essentials of Qualitative Inquiry (Left Coast Press).  Her research programs are in the areas of suffering and comforting, preventing patient falls (she is the author of the Morse Fall Scale, used internationally to triage the fall-prone patient), and developing qualitative methods.  Morse was an inaugural inductee into the Sigma Theta Tau International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame, was the 5th recipient of the Episteme Award (Sigma Theta Tau), and has been awarded honorary doctorates from the University of Newcastle (Australia) and Athabasca University (Canada).  She is the author of 460 articles and book chapters and 21 books on qualitative research methods, suffering, comforting, and patient falls.

Career Highlights

Initiated International Institute for Qualitative Methodology.  Served as director and scientific director from 1997 to 2007.  Linked to 9 international sites and 115 universities internationally.

Founding editor and executive editor of Qualitative Health Research (now in Volume 28).