For questions about this consortium, this site, or the consortium conferences, contact:
A Lynne Wagner, MRCSC Coordinator alynne@mrcsc.org
but please be patient with respect to a response. Thank you.

Organization and Executive Leadership Team

The Massachusetts Regional Caring Science Consortium (MRCSC) is a regional grass-root forum created to increase opportunities in exploring the philosophy, ethic, and practices of caring science. There are no fees for participation and no monetary compensation for contributions of time and effort. The Executive Leadership Team, the presenters, and the hosting organizations all volunteer their time and resources to support the communication of caring science concepts in the New England region. The MRCSC is recognized as a Regional Consortium of the Watson Caring Science Institute.

In addition to this website that is dedicated to Consortium communication,  the Massachusetts Regional Caring Science Consortium (MRCSC)  maintains an email list of past MRCSC  conference participants and others who have expressed interest in the Consortium. Email list members receive notices for the upcoming MRCSC conferences, the annual Watson Caring Science Institute’s International Caritas Consortium conferences held in various parts of the USA and other countries, as well as other events and opportunities around caring theory and practice, including free online courses and certificate courses. The email list remains private and is not used for any other purpose.

The possibilities of caring practices for healing self, patient-care, relationships, work environments, and health care systems are limitless and expand when health care providers intentionally gather and engage in meaningful and practice-changing conversations around the philosophy, theories and practice of humanizing caring.

MRCSC Executive Leadership Team

A. Lynne Wagner, EdD, MSN, RN, FACCE, Caritas Coach®

Professor Emerita of Nursing, Fitchburg State University; Nurse-Educator Consultant for Mentoring Programs and Caring/Caritas Practice; Associate Faculty, Watson Caring Science Institute; Co-Founder of Massachusetts Regional Caring Science Consortium (MRCSC)

Education and Certifications

  • Doctorate in Education (Leadership), University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in Education Leadership, University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Masters of Science in Nursing-Family Nurse Practitioner, University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Semester Study Abroad Program in British and American Literature, Oxford University, England
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Certified Watson Caritas Coach®
  • HeartMath Certified Trainer
  • Certified Lamaze Perinatal/Childbirth Educator

Interest and Focus

  • Development of the Caring-Mentoring Model™ for Nursing
  • Caring Science practice and how nurses develop caring-self;
  • Reflective practice and aesthetic ways of knowing self and others through story, poetry, & photography
  • Storytelling, Poetry, and Poetry-writing
  • World travel and learning about other cultures

BIO Dr. A. Lynne Wagner is a Caring Science Scholar, Caritas Coach®, Watson Caring Science Institute Faculty Associate, HeartMath Certified Trainer, Nurse Educator-Consultant for mentoring and caring practice, and a volunteer in the Medical Reserve Corps. Her nursing career spans over 50 years, including clinical nursing; Staff Education; Family Nurse Practitioner; private practice of Lamaze Childbirth Education, honored as a Fellow of the American College of Childbirth Education; and over 20 years in Nursing Education. Presently, Lynne serves as mentor/advisor to nurses and doctoral students, and offers presentations and workshops on Caring practices founded in Caring Science. Her research and publications focus on a caring-mentoring model; reflective practice; aesthetic ways of knowing self and others through  storytelling/narrative, poetry, & photography. Her 2015 book, Four Seasons of Grieving, was awarded ANA Book of the Year 1st place in Palliative/Hospice category. Lynne was awarded  the 2018 ANA Massachusetts Mary A. Manning Mentoring Award and the 2022 International Association of Human Caring’s Legacy of Caring Award. Lynne is a published poet, a world traveler, and loves to spend time with her family and in nature.

Danielle Leone-Sheehan, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor of Nursing, Merrimack College, North Andover, MA
Clinical Nurse, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Education and Certifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing, Boston College
  • Master of Science in Nursing, Boston College
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Saint Anselm College
  • Certified Watson Caritas Coach®

Focus and Interests

  • Watson Caring Science: Application in clinical practice
  • Spiritual Intelligence and Spiritual Nursing Care
  • Critical Care Nursing

BIO Dr. Danielle Leone-Sheehan is a registered nurse with over 10 years of clinical experience working in adult critical care, and presently, is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Merrimack College, helping to develop a new nursing program. She has a Master’s of Science in Nursing as an Adult Clinical Nursing Specialist and PhD in Nursing from Boston College. Danielle has broad interests in nursing theory-based care, nursing spiritual care, and Watson’s Caring Science. Danielle’s dissertation research focused on intensive care unit nurses’ experience of the third Caritas Process® of Watson’s Theory of Human Caring. This Caritas Process is described as the cultivation of one’s own spiritual practices and personal self, moving beyond ego-self to transpersonal presence. In addition to teaching at Merrimack College, Danielle is very involved in the International Association for Human Caring (IAHC) for over 7 years, serving on the Marketing and Communications and the Conference committees and recently elected to the Board. She has completed the Watson Caring Science Institute’s 6-month intensive Caritas Coach Education Program® for further self-growth and to be a leader in transforming nursing education. Danielle has published on Spiritual Knowing for Nursing, as well as authoring a chapter on Watson’s Caring Science in the recent 10th edition of Nursing Theorists and Their Work textbook.

Christine McNulty-Buckley, DNP, MBA, RN CPHQ NEA-BC, Caritas Coach®

Associate Professor, Endicott College, Beverly, MA

Education & Certifications

  • Doctor of Nursing Practice, MGH Institute of Healthcare Professions, Boston, MA
  • Executive Masters in Business Administration, Boston University
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Boston College
  • Certified Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher, UMass Center for Mindfulness & Brown University
  • Certified Koru Mindfulness Teacher, Duke University
  • Certified Watson Caritas Coach®
  • Wellcoaches® Certified Health & Wellness Coach

Focus & Interests

  • Mindfulness Micro-practices: Integrating Mindful Awareness in Everyday Activities
  • Mindfulness-based Health & Wellness Coaching
  • Mindfulness & Resiliency Education for Nurses & Healthcare Teams
  • Watson Caring Science: Integration in Clinical & Academic Settings


After many years in clinical practice and nursing leadership and education, Dr. Christine McNulty-Buckley was struck by the significant stress evident among healthcare teams and shifted her focus to introducing mindfulness as a tool to cultivate resiliency and mitigate burnout. In her current role at Endicott College, she focuses on integrating mindfulness and resiliency training into the formal education of nursing students. In addition, Christine continues to offer a variety of Mindful Wellbeing & Resiliency programs in both the academic and clinical settings, and teaches Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction at the Center for Mindfulness at University of Massachusetts. She also offers both individual and group Mindfulness-based Health and Wellness Coaching to foster the creation of a sustainable, personalized pathway for mindfulness and wellbeing. Christine is always inspired by her students, mindfulness teaching, and learning through community and connection. Outside of work, Christine enjoys keeping active by or on the ocean or in the mountains, while spending time with her adult daughters, pups, and family.

Rachael Salguero (she/her), PhD, RN-BC, CNEcl

Instructor and Nursing Education Department of Labor Grant Track Coordinator, MGH Institute of Health Professions, School of Nursing; Clinical Staff Nurse, Massachusetts General Hospital

Education and Certifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing, Endicott College
  • Master of Science in Nursing, Endicott College, Beverly, MA
  • Bachelor of Science in Nursing, MGH Institute of Health Professions
  • Board Certified in Medical-Surgical Nursing
  • Board Certified Academic Clinical Nurse Educator

Focus and Interests

  • Integration of inclusive language into the nursing curriculum
  • Mentoring clinical adjunct faculty
  • Clinical judgment in the clinical setting


Rachael Salguero (she/her), PhD, RN-BC, CNEcl is an instructor and the Nursing Education Department of Labor Grant Track Coordinator in the School of Nursing at the MGH Institute of Health Professions and a clinical staff nurse at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is board-certified in medical-surgical nursing and is a certified academic clinical nurse educator. Her clinical background includes medical-surgical nursing and respiratory acute care nursing. Rachael is the President-Elect of the Massachusetts/Rhode Island League for Nursing (MARLIN), and a member of the Executive Leadership Team of the Massachusetts Regional Caring Science Consortium (MRCSC). Rachael is committed to incorporating inclusive language into both her nursing practice and the nursing curriculum. Her goal is to motivate her students to develop a genuine appreciation for medical-surgical nursing and learn to think like a nurse!