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Sister Maurita Soukup Named Inspiring Member of Sigma Theta Tau

September 11, 2019






Sr. Maurita’ s early life was solidly grounded in faith, family, and friends and the generational traditions, strong work ethic, and caring service to others that reflect on her Iowa upbringing.  First graduating from a diploma nursing program and gaining experience as a critical care RN, she discerned a calling to religious life. Inspired by the Sisters of Mercy and their fourth vow of service and its charism of mercy to “God’s dear poor,” Sr. Maurita related that the Foundress of the Sisters of Mercy in Ireland, Catherine McAuley had exchanges with Florence Nightingale.  Comprehending and integrating these interconnections into a life-ministry construct compelled her to a greater life purpose.

In this way and for many, nursing was both a profession and a ministry, or way of ministering.  Sister found her early passion in critical care and became a highly regarded expert in cardiovascular nursing. Her string of credentials is, at times, a source of conversation. To Sister Maurita, each has its own story, complete with learning opportunities with outstanding professors, state-of-the discipline that did not recognize credit transfers from one program to another, and opportunities to learn from interdisciplinary scholars who had their own lens on scientific rigor, research methods, critical thinking, and an exposure to varied theories, such as systems thinking.

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