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HPNF & STTI Announce 2007 End-Of-Life Nursing Care Research Grant Recipient

Connell School PhD candidate Sanghee Kim, RN, MSN, has won the grant for her proposed research project, "The Development and Psychometric Evaluation of the Nurses’ Ethical Decision Making Regarding End-of-Life (NEDM-EOL) Scale in Korea."

PITTSBURGH, PA, October 18, 2007—The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation (HPNF) and Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (STTI) have announced the recipient of the 2007 End-of-Life Nursing Care Research Grant.

Sanghee Kim, RN, MSN, has won the grant for her proposed research project, "The Development and Psychometric Evaluation of the Nurses’ Ethical Decision Making Regarding End-of-Life (NEDM-EOL) Scale in Korea."

"The Foundation is pleased to be a part of this cooperative effort with STTI to grant funding for new research in end-of-life nursing care," said Laura Ristau, Director of Development, HPNF. "It is exciting to know the results will be international in scope."

The purpose of Kim's project is to investigate whether or not disparities exist between ideal and actual end-of-life nursing care in Korea, and to establish techniques to address any such gaps through nursing education. Her work represents a beginning step toward measuring Korean nurses' degree of cultural sensitivity in end-of-life situations.

Kim is a nurse and doctoral candidate at Boston College's Connell School of Nursing, where she is enrolled in the Palliative Care Program. She received her baccalaureate and master's degrees in nursing at Yonsei University in South Korea, the oldest westernized hospital in Korea. She worked as a nurse at the oncology and hospice care unit at the Yonsei University Medical Center.

Kim became familiar with palliative care while caring for her father, who passed away from colon cancer at his home. The experience caused her to reflect on what she might do to help provide quality care to other patients facing similar end of life situations. Her personal and professional experiences prompted her to journey to the United States to study ethics and end-of-life care.

The HPNA/STTI End of Life Nursing Care Grant is designed to encourage qualified nurses to contribute to the advancement of nursing care through research. Each year, HPNF and STTI select a qualified recipient, awarding a grant up to $10,000. Funds for the grant are provided jointly by HPNF and STTI.

"HPNF congratulates Sanghee on her exemplary work," said Judy Lentz, RN, NHA, Executive Director of HPNF. "Her project plans demonstrate the kind of forward thinking to which we would like all of palliative research to aspire. We are proud to recognize her and assist in her endeavor."

About the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation

The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation is a nonprofit organization which, through grants, scholarships and other awards, provides funding to nurses and other healthcare professionals pursuing education and research related to end-of-life care. Its mission is to advance the work of the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA).

HPNF is part of the Alliance for Excellence in Hospice and Palliative Nursing, which includes HPNA and the National Board for Certification of Hospice and Palliative Nurses (NBCHPN®). Together, the organizations are leading the way in excellence in pain management and end-of-life care. For more information, visit

About Sigma Theta Tau International

With 125,000 active members, Sigma Theta Tau International is the second largest nursing organization in the world. Members are active in more than 90 countries and territories. Membership to STTI is by invitation to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who demonstrate excellence in scholarship, and to nurse leaders exhibiting exceptional achievements in nursing. More than 360,000 nurse scholars have been inducted into STTI. With its chapters and partners, the society contributes more than $650,000 annually to nursing research through grants, scholarships and monetary awards. For more information, visit