BARRETT--Elizabeth Ann Manhart, RN, PhD, FAAN, passed away peacefully on August 23, 2021 with her family by her side at age 87 and was preceded in death by her parents Paul E. Barrett and Leslie Jane Manhart Barrett and her godparents Francis J. Fridy and Grace Manhart Fridy. Surviving Elizabeth are her five children: Joseph B. Shetler III, Jeffrey F. Shetler Sr., Paula Grace, Pamela Martha Temple, Scott D. Shetler, and half siblings: Patricia Barrett Kelley, Catherine Barrett McAllister, and Timothy Barrett. After 12 years as a stay-at-home Mom and when her youngest was entering the 1st grade, Elizabeth returned to college. She earned her BSN, summa cum laude, at the University of Evansville and later a MSN and an MA in Education. She became an Assistant Professor of Nursing at UE for 6 six years and a part-time mental health nurse at Welborn Hospital. After working six years, she moved to New York City. Elizabeth earned her Doctorate in Nursing Science, majoring in theory and development at New York University while working as a float Charge Nurse at Bellevue Hospital Center in New York City. Elizabeth also worked in nursing teaching positions at Adelphi University and City College, CUNY. Dr. Barrett became the Assistant Director of Nursing at The Mount Sinai Medical Center in Manhattan. After five years she returned to academia, at Hunter-Bellevue School of Nursing, Hunter College, (CUNY). She was Director of Graduate Program for three years and later became Coordinator of the Center for Nursing Research for four years. After 15 years she retired as Professor Emerita, Hunter College, CUNY. Elizabeth had a private psychotherapy practice in Health Patterning that spanned 40 years. With over four million RNs, Elizabeth was one of only about 2,800 elected Fellows in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN). Dr. Barrett is best known for her new theory of Power as Knowing Participation in Change, Health Patterning Psychotherapy, mental imagery, and Therapeutic Touch. Elizabeth had over 100 publications, primarily on her of Power as Knowing Participation in Change theory as well as nursing as a unique science of unitary human beings, and health patterning as a nursing practice methodology. Dr. Barrett's work provided a guiding framework for several nursing research investigations and professional practice evaluations at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston and at the Munn Center for Nursing Research. Dr. Barrett received the Nurse Researcher of the Year Award from the New York State Nurses Association. She was honored in 2008 in New York City, celebrating 25 years of her power theory, and previously in South Korea and Germany. She lectured nationally and internationally including at Loyola University, Chicago, Vassar College, New York University, the Philippines, Sweden, Australia, Scotland, and the Netherlands. Her first book, Visions of Rogers' Science Based Nursing won the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Award. Donations appreciated for the ongoing advancement of Elizabeth's dedication to Rogers' Science of Unitary Human Beings and the Barrett Power Theory; donations may be sent to: Martha E. Rogers Scholars Fund at The Society of Rogerian Scholars (SRS), In care of Tina Reinckens, RN, PhD, 7060 Bay Woods Lake Court #101, Fort Meyers, FL 33908. Condolences may be made online at www.ziemer funeralhome.com
Published by New York Times on Sep. 16, 2021.