College of Nursing Palliative Care Research Team to present at Annual Conference

Kent State University College of Nursing research faculty members Pamela Stephenson, Ph.D., RN, AOCNS, Dana Hansen, Ph.D., ACHPN, APRN, and Denice Sheehan, Ph.D. MSN, RN, have been selected to present their palliative care research findings at Hospice of the Western Reserve's annual conference Telling the Stories: The Deeper Voice of Hospice on Friday, September 16. The conference will focus on the importance of conversations that address the goals of care and how to overcome barriers. Healthcare providers will also learn how a patient or family member’s spiritual distress, mental illness and grief may affect these conversations.

Dr. Sheehan, along with M. Murray Mayo, RN, APRN, Ph.D., assistant professor at the Breen School of Nursing at Ursuline College, will describe how adolescents communicate with friends, parents and healthcare providers when they have a parent in hospice care. Drs. Stephenson and Hansen will identify how spirituality is communicated at the end of life.

Conference attendees will receive 6 AMA PRA credits. A discounted price of $65 is available for students. For more information or to register, visit