WellStar School of Nursing

Lois Robley, PhD, RN

Professor Emeritus

Email: lrobley@kennesaw.edu



Academic Degrees




Nursing Education

Georgia State University


  M.S. Nursing Northern Illinois University 1979
  B.S. Nursing University of Illinois 1967



Professional Experience




Professor of Nursing  Kennesaw State University



Professor of Ethics & Assistant Director, Siegel Institute for Leadership, Ethics, & Character, Kennesaw State University



Distinguished Scholar in Ethics, Kennesaw State University



Associate Professor of Nursing, Kennesaw State University

  1989-2000 Assistant Professor of Nursing, Kennesaw State University
  1976-1989 Instructor of Nursing, Elgin Community College



Recent Professional Activities



Publications in Professional Journals (Peer Reviewed)

Robley, L., Ballard, N., & Holtzman, D. (2009). Experiences of stress in open heart patients. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 32(6), 794-813. Doi: 10.1177/0193945910361469

Robley, L. (2009). Bringing an ethical culture to the high-stress ICU. Nursing 2010 Critical Care, 5, 8-10.

Robley, L. (2009). Reigniting the debate over assisted suicide.Nursing 2009 Critical Care, 4, 15-17.

Robley, L. (2009). Futility: Where do we go from here?  Nursing 2009 Critical Care

Robley, L.R. (2009). POLST sweeps the nation. Nursing 2009 Critical Care, 4(1), 19-20.

Robley, L.R. (2008). From ethics to palliative care: A community hospital experience. Nursing Clinics of North America, 4, 469-476.

Robley, L.R. (2008). Teaching (Ethics) as a moral act. The Journal of Ethical Leadership, 3(2), 118-123 

Robley, L.R. & Denton, S. (2006). Evaluation of an EOL critical care nurse liaison program. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, 8(5), 288-293.

Fraser, D.D., Robley, L.R., Ballard, N.M., & Peno-Green, L.A. (2006). Collaborative development of an insulin nomogram for intensive insulin therapy. Critical Care Nursing Quarterly, 29(1), 95-104.

Ballard, N., Robley, L., Barrett, D., Fraser, D., & Mendoza, I. (2006). Patients’ recollections of therapeutic paralysis in the intensive care unit. American Journal of Critical Care, 15(1), 86-94.

Robley, L.R. (2005). The benefits of serving on a hospital ethics committee: A faculty perspective. Nurse Educator, 30 (3), 123-126.

Robley, L.R., Farnsworth, B.J., Flynn, J.B., & Horne, C. D. (2004). This new house: Building knowledge through online learning. Journal of Professional Nursing, 20 (5), 333-343.

Robley, L.R. (2004) Ethics teaching in nursing education. E-Journal of Ethical Leadership, 1(3), 1-15.


Professional Presentations

Blake, B.J., Taylor, G.A., & Robley, L. Perception of HIV Among Asian American Men Who Have Sex With Men. XVIII International AIDS Conference, Vienna, Italy, July 18 –July 23, 2010 (Poster Presentation).

Blake, B.J, Taylor, G.A., & Robley, L. Keeping it Private: Experiences of Adolescents Living with HIV/AIDS. 22nd Annual Association of Nurses in AIDS Care Annual Conference, Jacksonville, FL, November 19 – 22, 2009 (Podium Presentation)

Blake, B.J., Taylor, G.A.& Robley, L. (2010). Perception of HIV among Asian American Men Who Have Sex with Men. XVIII International AIDS Conference; Vienna, Austria, July 18 - 23, 2010. (Poster Presentation)

“Keeping it Private: Experiences of Adolescents with HIV/AIDS,” ANAC Conference 2009 Podium Presentation, Proposal

“The Experiences of Stress in Open Heart Patients” at the SNRS Conference, February 14, 2009

Two hour teleconference on ethics and end-of-life care for University of Alexandria School of Nursing October 13, 2009

“Qualitative Methodologies,” for An Evidence-Based Practice Toolkit for Bedside Nurses, September 18, 2009  Sponsored by Emory, St. Joseph’s Hospital, CHOA, & WellStar

“Issues at the End of Life,” Consortium on Active Retirement and Aging, November 20, 2008

“Ethics for Nurses” at the Ethics and legal Issues: A Seminar for Nurses, Northwest Chapter, GNA, November 15, 2008

“Mock Ethics Case” WellStar Ethics Forum,f June 12, 2008

“Hammering out the Difference Between Nursing Research and Performance Improvement”, An Evidence-Based Practice Research Conference, September 21, 2007

“End of Life: Issues”  Emory Senior University, September 9, 2007

“Critical Care Nurses’ Perceptions of Intensive Insulin Therapy” with Danielle Fraser, MS, RN, CNS-BS, National Teaching Institute of the Critical Care Nurses Association May 19, 2007

Ethical Behavior of Nursing Students, Spring 2001-2005 (analysis complete; findings submitted for comment to KSU Nursing Faculty, August,2006)

“Ethics of Aging” at the WellStar Gerontology Conference, January 26, 2007

“Patients’ Recollections of Therapeutic Paralysis in the Intensive Care Unit”, by invitation at the Mu Phi Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau, Conference, April 24, 2006

“Competition Among Hospices: How Do We Do it Ethically?” by invitation at the Georgia Hospice and Palliative Care Organization conference, February 23, 2006.


“Evaluation of an End-of-Life Critical Care Nurse Liaison Program” with Sherry Denton, Poster Presentation (Peer review: one of 7 accepted that were authored by nurses out of a total of 77 abstracts) at the American Academy of Palliative Medicine/Hospice and Palliative Nurses convention, February 8-11, 2006


Professional Interests



  • Biomedical and Nursing Ethics
  • End of Life and Palliative Care
  • Research in Critical Care


Teaching Responsibilities



Nursing 3302: Professionalism and Ethics in Nursing
Nursing 4490: Palliative and End-of-Life Care
Nursing 7780: Ethics of Leadership for Advanced Practice Nursing
Nursing 7725: Health Care Theory for Advanced Practice Nursing
Nursing 7785: Policy and Finance
Nursing 9005: Theoretical Basis of Nursing
Nursing 9010: Bioethical Issues
Continuing Education: Nurse Reentry Course