Lynne WagnerA. Lynne Wagner, EdD, MSN, RN, FACCE, CHMT

Nurse Consultant: Educator, Career Coach®, Mentor Program Facilitator
  Caritas Colleague


Dr. A. Lynne Wagner earned a Bachelor of Science and Master Degrees in Nursing and a Doctorate of Education in Leadership. Her nursing career of over 50 years includes work as a staff nurse; in-service nurse-educator; Lamaze International certified childbirth educator and a Fellow of the American College of Childbirth Educators; a family nurse practitioner; and for 20 years, a Professor of Nursing at Fitchburg State University and awarded Professor Emerita of Nursing. She has served as Adjunct Faculty at the University of Colorado’s Watson Caring Science Center.

Presently, Dr. Wagner works as a Nurse Educator Consultant, developing/facilitating mentor programs and presenting workshops/ presentations on caring practice and the application of Watson’s Caring Science. A Caring Science scholar and past Director of Watson Caring Science Institute’s (WCSI) Caritas Coach Education Program (CCEP), she currently serves as Faculty Associate at the WCSI and Adjunct Faculty at the University of Colorado, College of Nursing, Watson Caring Science Center (WCSC), teaching and mentoring students in the CCEP. She is a certified HeartMath Trainer and also volunteers in a local Medical Reserve Corps. Her research and writing, published and presented nationally and internationally, focus on reflective storytelling, how nurses develop caring-self, caring science in practice, and aesthetic inquiry, using poetry, photography and other aesthetic ways of knowing. She has developed The Caring Mentoring Model© and has authored many published journal articles and book chapters. Her first book, Four Seasons of Grieving: A Nurse’s Healing Journey with Nature, was published in 2015 by Sigma Theta Tau International. The book was awarded 1st Place 2015 AJN Book of the Year in Palliative Care and Hospice category and a top rating of 5 by Doody’s Review Service.

Dr. Wagner is a member of American Nurses Association, ANA Massachusetts, Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, and the International Association for Human Caring (IAHC). She served for 3 terms on the IAHC Board of Directors, and continues to serve since 1996 as the IAHC Historian, writing the most recent History of the International Association for Human Caring, 1978-2013, with a new edition coming in 2018. She also serves on the Editorial Peer Review Board of the International Journal for Human Caring as Assistant Editor for Poetry, and is a past reviewer for the Advances in Nursing Science. In 2013 she co-founded and launched the grass root Massachusetts Regional Caring Science Consortium, inviting nurses to gather and dialogue about caring practice, which in 2015 evolved from bimonthly evening meetings to half-day conferences twice yearly in partnership with hospitals and schools of nursing across the state.

Lynne’s interests include reading, poetry-writing, nature photography, water-painting, and the joy of learning about many cultures through world-wide travel. She loves music, the outdoors, storytelling, and movies about people’s stories. Lynne is committed to co-creating a caring culture of compassionate loving kindness, heart-centered practice, and a transformative caring healing work environment for health care providers.