Verna L. Hendricks-Ferguson, PhD, RN

Saint Louis University (SLU)

Dr. Verna Hendricks-Ferguson’s research has focused on (a) parents’ preferences about receiving palliative-end-of-life (PC/EOL) information; (b) pediatric-oncology providers’ delivery of PC/EOL information to parents of children with cancer; (c) parental concerns about symptoms experienced by a child with cancer during EOL; and (d) music/art interventions for children with cancer. Her research has been funded by: (a) National Institute of Health, (b) Oncology Nurses Society, and (c) Alex Lemonade Foundation for Children with Cancer. Her PC/EOL awards include: (a) Home-Palliative-Care Nurse of the Year Award, by the Missouri March of Dimes; (b) Distinguished Nurse Scientist Award by the MNRS-PC/EOL research group; and (c) Project in Death in America in PC Nurse Leadership Award by the Hospice and PC Nurse Association. She holds two fellowships: (a) Fellow in Palliative Care Nursing (FPCN) by the Hospice-Palliative Nursing Association and (b) Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) by the American Nurses Association.