Pamela Stephenson, Ph.D., RN | College of Nursing | Kent State University

Pamela Stephenson, Ph.D., RN

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Dr. Stephenson works as part of a hospice and palliative care research team looking at diverse issues affecting persons nearing the end of life and their families. Dr. Stephenson’s research currently focuses on how uncertainty affects patients involved in transitions towards dying. She is particularly interested in spiritual uncertainties and is working to develop, refine, and test a newly identified construct of spiritual uncertainty at the end of life. This builds on previous qualitative research that examined the spirituality of hospice patients.

In addition to telling stories about spirituality, participants also told stories about the questions, doubts, and uncertainties that affected their experience with dying. Dr. Stephenson’s goal is to develop tools to help health professionals assist dying patients with decision making and to improve the quality of life closure.


  • NURS 70710 – History and Philosophy of Nursing Science
  • NURS 60101 – Theoretical Basis of Nursing Practice
  • NURS 60025 – Health Care Delivery for Advanced Nursing Practice
Job Title

Assistant Professor

Job Department

College of Nursing







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Monday 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Wednesday 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

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