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William F. Connell School of Nursing

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

associate professor

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

Cushing Hall 336E


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

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

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. She also serves on the Human Research and Investigation Committee of Newton-Wellesley Hospital and on Beacon Hospice's Ethics Committee. 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 research interests include professional ethics, nursing ethics, moral decision making, justice in healthcare, and advocacy.


  • 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
  • 2010 - Guest Editor, Nursing Philosophy

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  • DeSanto-Madeya, S. A., Grace, P. J. The role of the APRN in palliative and end-of-life care, in Nursing Ethics and Professional Responsibility in Advanced Practice.
  • Grace, P. J. (2013). Nursing Ethics and Professional Responsibility in Advanced Practice (ed., pp. 500+). Burlington MA: Jones and Bartlett.
  • Grace, P. J. (2013). Philosophies, models and theories: Nursing's moral obligations, In Alligood, M.  (Ed.), Nursing theory: Utilization and application (5th ed.) (ed.). Philadelphia PA: Mosby Elsevier.
  • Grace, P. J., Perry, D. J. (2013). Philosophical inquiry and the goals of nursing: A critical approach for disciplinary knowledge development and action. Advances in Nursing Science, 36(2), 64-79. doi: 10.1097/ANS.0b013e3182901921
  • Willis, D. G., Grace, P. J., Perry, D. J., & Lacoursiere Zucchero, T. (2013). Facilitating Humanization: Liberating the profession of nursing from institutional confinement in behalf of social justice, In Paula N. Kagan, Marlaine C. Smith, Peggy L. Chinn (Eds.), Philosophies and Practices of Emancipatory Nursing: Social Justice as Praxis. Routledge Studies in Health and Social Welfare.

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