Professor and Dean Emerita of Nursing

Defining exactly what nurses do when caring for patients and developing standards and criteria for measuring nursing care are key to improving nursing care — and to recognizing the vital role nurses play in our health care system.

A leading authority on nursing standards and health care outcomes measures, Norma M. Lang has been a pioneer in investigating the quality of nursing care since she wrote her dissertation on the outcomes of pediatric nurse practitioners in the 1970s. Her work has contributed to the development of widely-accepted nursing policy throughout the world.

The Nursing Minimum Data Set, an international classification system for nursing practice used to evaluate the quality of nursing care, was another innovation by Dr. Lang, with Harriet Werley PhD, RN, FAAN, FACMI. It’s one of the standardized terminologies recognized by the American Nurses Association.


“Improving the quality of nursing care requires defining and measuring what nurses do.”


PhD – Marquette University - 1974

MSN – Marquette University - 1963

BS – Alverno College - 1961