Dr. Catherine Green, RN, Ph.D.

Emerita Professor, Rockhurst University, Kansas City, USA

IPONS Chair, 2018-2021

My areas of interest include epistemology, nursing intuition, what we learn from touch in our caring, the various sciences of nursing, what it means to be a human person and what that means to our understanding and practice of nursing. After practicing nursing for many years, mostly in intensive care, I took a teaching position in philosophy and taught a variety of courses in philosophy including, ethics, metaphysics, philosophy of art, and logic and lectured on issues of philosophy and ethics in nursing at several Kansas City area schools of nursing.

I joined IPONS in 2009 and have been fortunate enough to attend all the conferences since.

Selected Publications

  • “A Philosophical Model of the Nature of Nursing,” Nursing Research, 67(2): 93-98 (2018).
  • “Distinguishing the Sciences of Nursing: For Nurses,” Studia Gilsoniana, 3: 97–126 (2014).
  • “Philosophic Reflections on the Meaning of Touch in Nurse-patient Interactions,” Nursing Philosophy, 14: 242-253 (2013).


  • Ph.D 1997, Philosophy, The Catholic University of America, USA
  • M.A 1987, Philosophy, The Catholic University of America, USA.
  • M.S 1979, Nursing, University of San Diego, USA.
  • B.S 1968, Nursing, Texas Woman’s University, USA.