Professor, West Virginia University School of Nursing
Associate: Center for Health Ethics and Law; WV State Center for End-of-Life Care
Director, Center for Ethics and Human Rights, American Nurses Association
Ethics Consultant: Ruby Hospitals
Laurie Badzek is a nurse attorney who is a tenured, full Professor at the West Virginia University School of Nursing where she teaches nursing, ethics, law, and health policy. Professor Badzek has practiced in a variety of nursing and law positions. She was appointed to the West Virginia State Guardianship Commission in 1989 and to the West Virginia Catastrophic Illness Commission in 1999. The Guardianship Commission has been instrumental in the development and passage of legislation on advance directives, guardianship, and other issues related to end-of-life. Professor Badzek served as the primary recorder and drafter on a number of bills that were ultimately enacted by the legislature.
Professor Badzek has a continuing relationship with the American Nurses Association where she served as the Ethics and Human Rights Director from 1998-1999. While at ANA, she was instrumental in development of a plan that ultimately resulted in the acceptance of a new Code of Ethics for Nurses in June 2001. Professor Badzek is an active researcher, investigating ethical and legal health care issues. Current research interests include patient and family decision making, nutraceutical use, mature minors and professional healthcare ethics. Her research has been published in nursing, medical, and communication studies journals including the Journal of Nursing Law, Nephrology Nursing Journal, The Annals of Internal Medicine, Journal of Palliative Care, and Health Communication.
Recent peer reviewed publications include the following articles: Badzek, L., Cline, H., Hines, S. C., & Moss, A. H. (2000). Inappropriate use of dialysis for some elderly patients: Nephrology nurse perceptions and concerns. ANNA Journal, 27, 462-470; Hines, S. C., Babrow, A. S., Badzek, L., & Moss, A. H. (2001). From coping with life to coping with death: Problematic integration for the seriously ill elderly. Health Communication, 13(3), 327-342; Hines, S. C., Glover, J.J., Holley, J.L., Babrow, A. S., Badzek, L. A., & Moss, A. H. (2001); Accommodating Family Preferences in Advance Care Planning. Journal of Palliative Care,4, 481-489; Badzek, L., & Kanosky, S. (2002). Mature minors: New directions in adolescent decision making. Journal of Nursing Law, 8(3), 23-29.
Laurie Badzek received her B.S.N. and her J.D. from West Virginia University Schools of Nursing and Law. While at the West Virginia University College of Law, Professor Badzek was a member of the Moot Court Board and inducted into the both the Order of the Barristers and the Order of the Coif. She is also a member of the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honorary for research and scholarship. She received her M.S. in Nursing and
her L.L.M. in Health Care Law from DePaul University in Chicago. In 1993, she was the winner of the Clark Fila Award for Outstanding Achievement in Nursing. Professor Badzek has received several awards for research related to end-of-life care. In 1998, she received the American Nephrology Nurses Association Research Award for work related to end-of-life decisions and dialysis patients. More recently, in 2001, she received the Nephrology Nursing Journal Writing Award for Research for her research article entitled, "Inappropriate use of dialysis for some elderly patients: Nephrology nurse perceptions and concerns".