Teaching and LearningDoctoral Women as Passionate Scholars: An Exploratory Inquiry of Passionate Dissertation ScholarshipHeinrich, Kathleen T., PhD, RNAuthor Information Associate Professor; University of Hartford; West Hartford, Connecticut The author is grateful to Ann Taylor for conducting the initial focus group; to Drs. Nancy Coffin-Romig and Susan Bennett and the passionate dissertation scholars who participated in the second focus group, the ongoing data analysis, and the conference paper review; and to Dr. Dorothy Kleffel for editing this manuscript. Advances in Nursing Science: March 2001 - Volume 23 - Issue 3 - p 88-103 Buy Abstract Advancement in knowledge development comes from novel perspectives and new visions, not from maintaining the status quo. Doctoral programs are mandated to develop nurse scholar-researchers who contribute to the discipline's body of knowledge. Although it stands to reason that doctoral students who are passionate about their dissertation research are more likely to make innovative contributions, there is little written about passionate scholarship in the nursing literature. This article describes an exploratory inquiry involving two focus groups of self-described passionate dissertation scholars. Underlining the passion, participants called passionate scholarship exciting and risky, personally meaningful and socially relevant life's work. Copyright © 2001 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.