Palliative Care Pre-Conference

New Ideas in Palliative Care

By Dr. Patricia Roth, Chairperson, Palliative Care Committee


Palliative Care Education, Practice, and Research:

Preparing Doctoral Students to Meet the Complex Needs of the

Nation’s Seriously Ill


Kaye M. Woltman and Melisa R. McGuire Palliative Care Education and Research Unit

January 18, 2017

San Diego, CA


The University of San Diego Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science: Beyster Institute for Nursing Research was pleased to partner with the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) and the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) for an exciting pre-conference to the AACN Doctoral Education Conference, January 18, 2017 in San Diego.

This daylong conference on the beautiful USD campus provided an overview of the state-of-the-science in palliative care, how it is being taught in doctoral programs, and strategies for community outreach.

Nursing faculty and administrators from across the country attended the conference. Key Speakers included:

  • Betty Ferrell, PhD, MA, FAA.N, Director and Professor, Nursing Research and Education, City of Hope addressed the State of the Science in Palliative Care Research.

  • Lucia Wocial, PhD, RN, FAAN, Indiana University Health and Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics, Nurse Ethicist and Project Director for the Woltman Inter-professional Communication Scholars Program, Indiana University provided an overview of Innovations in Community Outreach.

  • Pam Malloy, RN, MSN. Director and Co-investigator of the End of Life Nursing Education Consortium, presented Competencies and Guidelines for Undergraduate Nursing Programs: Caring for the Nation’s Seriously Ill and Their Families.

Researchers, educators and clinical experts presented on various aspects of palliative care. To view the agenda, click here.

To view presentations, click on the presentation title listed below:

The State of the Science in Palliative Care Research; Betty Ferrell, PhD, RN, MA, FPCN, CHPN, FAAN

Innovations and Challenges in Community Outreach: Before I Die Festival; Lucia Wocial, PhD, RN, FAAN

Implementing AACN Competencies & Guidelines for Undergraduate Nursing Programs: Caring for Seriously Ill Patients and Their Families; Pam Malloy, MN, RN, FPCN, FAAN

Integrating Palliative Oncology Care into Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Education and Clinical Practice; Betty Ferrell, PhD, RN, MA, FPCN, CHPN, FAAN

Developing a Palliative Care Focus in a Doctor of Philosophy Program; Jane M. Georges, PhD, RN

Integration of Palliative Care and End-of-Life Care in Simulation Scenarios; Karen Macauley, PhD, DNP, FNP-BC, GNP-BC 

Extending Pediatric Palliative Care into a Perinatal Palliative Care Program; Bethaney Kaye, FNP, DNP

Palliative Care: Practice and Research in the Acute Care Setting; Caroline Etland, PhD, RN, CNS, AOCN, ACHPN

Delirium: Opportunity for Comfort in Palliative Care; Jacqueline F. Close, PhD, APRN, GCNS-BC, FNGNA

Recruitment Issues with Pediatric Populations in Palliative Care Research; Eileen Fry-Bowers, PhD, JD, RN, CPNP

Addressing Cultural and Language Differences in the Conduct of Research; Kathleen Stacy, PhD, RN, APRN-CNS

Academic and Clinical Partnerships to Foster Research in Palliative Care; Lucia Gonzales, PhD, MSN, MBA, NP-C

Barriers and Solutions to Implementing POLST: A Health Policy Regulatory Perspective; Joseph F. Burkard, DNCs, CRNA

“Allow Natural Death” in Pediatric End-of-Life Conversations: A Phenomenologic Study; Carmen N. Spalding, PhD, RN, CHSE

Legislative Impact on Contemporary Practice in Palliative Care; Susan Hope Klein, DNP, FNP-C, AOCNP

Barriers to Palliative Research: Roger Strong, ACHPN, PhD, FPCN 


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