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William F. Connell School of Nursing

Pamela J. Grace, PhD, RN, FAAN

associate professor

Pamela J. Grace, Ph.D., RN, FAAN

Office
Cushing Hall 336E
617-552-1246
pamela.grace.2@bc.edu

EDUCATIONAL HISTORY

  • Ph.D. - University of Tennessee
  • B.S.N., M.S.N. - West Virginia University

RESEARCH INTERESTS
All aspects of nursing and healthcare ethics, especially issues of professional obligation towards individuals and society; ethical decision making; problem analysis; philosophy of nursing

BIOGRAPHY
Pamela Grace, Ph.D., RN, FAAN is an experienced critical care nurse and a primary care nurse practitioner. Her doctorate is in philosophy with a concentration in medical ethics. She is also nurse scientist at the Munn Center for Nursing Research at Massachusetts General Hospital where she collaborates with colleagues on nursing ethics research endeavors. Most recently (2010-2013) she collaborated on a 3-year HRSA grant - The Clinical Ethics Residency for Nurses – aimed at developing nurses’ ethical expertise in two metropolitan hospitals. She also serves on the Optimum Care Committee of Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and as faculty on the Connell Ethics Fellowship at MGH. She is a past fellow in medical ethics at Harvard University’s School of Social Medicine and received a Fulbright Senior Scholarship grant in 2003 to Lecture and Research in Denmark. Her scholarship endeavors include professional ethics, nursing ethics, moral decision making, justice in healthcare, and advocacy. She is an active member of the newly reinstated American Academy of Nursing’s Bioethics Expert panel.

SELECTED APPOINTMENTS & AWARDS

  • 2014 - Member, Ethics Committee, American Academy of Nursing, Washington, DC
  • 2010-2013 - Clinical Ethics Residency for Nurses, Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • 2012-present - Member, Editorial Board, Nursing Philosophy
  • 2010 - Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, American Academy of Nursing
  • 2010 - Honorary Membership in Alpha Sigma Nu, Alpha Sigma Nu - Boston College

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SELECTED PUBLICATIONS

  • Grace, P. J., Robinson, E., Jurchak, M., Zollfrank, A., & Lee, S. (in press). The clinical ethics residency for nurses (CERN): An education model to decrease moral distress and strengthen nurse retention in acute care. To appear in Journal of Nursing Administration.
  • Grace, P. J. (2014). Nursing ethics and professional responsibility in advanced practice (2nd ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett.
  • Robinson, E., Jurchak, M., Zollfrank, A., Lee, S., Frost, D.,  & Grace, P.J. (in press). Enhancing moral agency: Clinical ethics residency for nurses. Hastings Center Report, 44(5), 12-20. doi:10.1002/hast.353
  • Grace, P. J., & Terreri, P. (2014). Nursing ethics and advanced practice: Psychiatric and mental health issues. In Grace, P.J. (Ed.). Nursing ethics and professional responsibility in advanced practice (2nd ed.) (pp. 397-422). Burlington, MA: Jones and Bartlett.
  • Willis, D. G., Perry, D. G., LaCoursiere-Zucchero, T., & Grace, P. J. (2014). Facilitating humanization: Liberating the profession of nursing from institutional confinement on behalf of social justice. P. Kagan, Smith, M. C. Smith, & Chinn, P. L. (Eds.), Philosophies and practices of emancipatory nursing: Social justice as praxis. New York, NY: Routledge.

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