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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

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Maloney Hall 347


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


  • 2014: Distinguished Faculty Award, Connell School of Nursing
  • 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

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  • Moreno-Fergusson, M. E., & Grace, P. J. (2016). Ethical analysis of a qualitative researcher's unease in encountering a participant's existential ambivalence. Annual Review of Nursing Research, 34(1), 51-65. doi:10.1891/0739-6686.34.51
  • Grace, P. J., Willis, D. G., Roy, S. C., & Jones, D. A. (2016). Profession at the crossroads: A dialog concerning the preparation of nursing scholars and leaders. Nursing Outlook, 64(1), 61–70. doi:10.1016/j.outlook.2015.10.002
  • Grace, P. J. (2016). Review of: Exploring Evidence Based Practice: Debates and Challenges in Nursing. Derek Sellman, 17(2), 149-153. doi:10.1111/nup.12108
  • Milliken, A., & Grace, P. J. (2015). Nurse ethical awareness: Understanding the nature of everyday practice. Nursing Ethics (published online ahead of print). doi:10.1177/0969733015615172
  • Dionne-Odom, J. N., Willis, D. G., Bakitas, M., Crandall, B., & Grace, P. J. (2015). Conceptualizing surrogate decision making at end of life in the intensive care unit using cognitive task analysis. Nursing Outlook, 63(3), 331-340. doi:10.1016/j.outlook.2014.10.004

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