Prof Betty Ferrell, RN, PhD, MA, FAAN, FPCN, CHPN

Director, Division of Nursing Research and Education and Professor, City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, CA, United States of America

Prof Betty Ferrell, RN, PhD, MA, FAAN, FPCN, CHPN

Director, Division of Nursing Research and Education and Professor, City of Hope National Medical Center, Duarte, CA, United States of America

Biography

Prof Betty Ferrell has been in nursing for 40 years and has focused her clinical expertise and research in pain management, quality of life, and palliative care.

She is the Director of Nursing Research & Education and a Professor at the City of Hope Medical Center in Duarte, California. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and she has over 400 publications in peer-reviewed journals and texts. She is Principal Investigator of a Research Project funded by the National Cancer Institute on “Palliative Care for Patients with Solid Tumors on Phase 1 Clinical Trials” and Principal Investigator of the “End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC)” project. She directs several other funded projects related to palliative care in cancer centres and QOL issues.

Prof Ferrell was Co-Chairperson of the National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care. She completed a Masters degree in Theology, Ethics and Culture from Claremont Graduate University in 2007. She has authored eleven books including the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing published by Oxford University Press (4th edition published in 2015). She is co-author of the text, The Nature of Suffering and the Goals of Nursing published in 2008 by Oxford University Press and Making Health Care Whole: Integrating Spirituality into Patient Care (Templeton Press, 2010).

In 2013 Prof Ferrell was named one of the 30 Visionaries in the field by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.