Elaine Marshall, BSN '72, MS '79
"If one of the highest compliments you can give someone is to call them a practitioner to their own–a soldier’s soldier, a painter’s painter, or a writer’s writer, then I think Elaine Sorenson Marshall qualifies as a nurse’s nurse."
Elaine has traversed the entire field of nursing from intern in Appalachia, to staff nurse at LDS and St. Benedict’s hospitals in Utah, to health missionary for the LDS Church in Columbia, South America. She has been a school nurse in Ogden, a community health nurse for Weber County, and a NICU nurse at Primary Children’s. Academically, she has been an instructor, an adjunct professor, assistant professor, associate dean, and dean of the College of Nursing all at Brigham Young University. And for the past six years professor and endowed chair of the Bulloch Healthcare Foundation at Georgia Southern University as well as Director of the Center for Nursing Scholarship. And at the same time since 2011 the founding director of the Faculty and Student Engagement Rural Health Research Institute at Georgia Southern.
It all sounds like an accomplished and completed career, doesn’t it? But not yet. Starting in January, she will move to one of the largest healthcare centers in the country as Chair of the Department of Health Restorations and Care Systems Management at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio. Those people in Texas know a good thing when they find it. And it all started here in Utah. First an AA degree in nursing at Weber State, then to the University of Utah for a bachelor’s in nursing in 1972, a master’s in ’79 and her PhD in Health Education and Nursing in 1988. Through all of this she has been a member and active in 17 professional nursing societies and associations, written four books one of which was awarded “Book of the Year” by the American Journal of Nursing, authored several major peer reviewed articles, and been the principal investigator on research projects totaling more than 5-million dollars in grants. And last year she was named a Fellow with the American Academy of Nursing, one of the highest honors in the field.
She didn’t lollygag during her time at the U either. She was a member of Phi Kappa Phi, Golden Key, graduated Magna Cum Laude, a part-time faculty member, and on a couple of nursing curriculum and leadership committees all while getting her degrees. And lest you think she has done all this alone, you’re wrong. She is married to Dr. John R. Marshall, an MD, as is her son Dr. Brian S. Sorensen (the healthcare gene pool runs deep in the family), along with her other two children Chad S. Sorensen and Johanna S. Hart.