Paula Nelson-Marten has interest in chronic illness, ethics, and end-of-life care; her teaching, research, practice, and service center on these three areas. She believes that being knowledgeable about practice is crucial to her work, as nursing is a practice profession. She is committed to the interdisciplinary model and works closely with the health-care team in her practice, teaching, and research. She is active in the following national organizations: the American Association for Cancer Education (AACE) and is an Associate Editor for their journal, Journal of Cancer Education; the Oncology Nursing Society; and the Hospice and Palliative Care Nurses Association. Nelson-Marten has served as co-chair of the Quality-of-Life Taskforce of the Colorado Cancer Coalition of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and as a member of the Executive Committee of the Colorado Cancer Coalition. She was a founding member of the Colorado Palliative Care Partnership and sat on the Board of Directors. This group has recently merged with the Colorado Hospice Organization to become the Colorado Center for Hospice and Palliative Care She serves as a member of the education committee of this new group.
She earned her bachelor's degree in biology, a master's degree in nursing, a second master's degree in oncology nursing, and a PhD.