Presenter: Betty Ferrell, PhD, RN, MA, FAAN, FPCN, CHPN

1. Describe the opportunities for improving the quality of spiritual care as a component of palliative care.
2. Identify key areas of quality spiritual care.
3. Describe clinical guidelines which have been developed to support clinicians in improving spiritual care.

Please note that this video is for informational purposes only and is not for CE/CME credit.

About the Lecturer:

Betty Ferrell, PhD, RN, MA, FAAN, FPCN, CHPN has been in oncology nursing for 35 years and has focused her clinical expertise and research in pain management, quality of life, and palliative care. Dr. Ferrell is a Professor and Research Scientist at the City of Hope Medical Center in Los Angeles. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and she has over 300 publications in peer-reviewed journals and texts. She is Principal Investigator of a Program Project funded by the National Cancer Institute on “Palliative Care for Quality of Life and Symptom Concerns in Lung Cancer” and the “End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC)” project. Dr. Ferrell completed a Masters degree in Theology, Ethics and Culture from Claremont Graduate University in 2007. She has authored nine books and a coauthor of two textbooks. Her latest book Communication in Palliative Nursing will be published soon by Oxford University Press.

The Research in Palliative and End-of-Life Communication and Training (RESPECT) Center is a collaborative, interdisciplinary scientific community of researchers and clinicians working to advance the science of communication in palliative and end-of-life care across the lifespan. For more information please go to

The Charles Warren Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics sponsors the Fairbanks Ethics Lecture Series as an educational outreach to physicians and staff of Indiana University Health hospitals and interested others in the central Indiana community.

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