Program faculty have had interdisciplinary experience in various aspects of hospice and/or palliative care. Their areas of current practice include palliative care and hospice nursing, pain management, health care related technology, and cancer nursing education.
Paula Nelson Marten, RN, PhD, AOCN, an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado College of Nursing, has been involved in oncology nursing and end-of-life care since 1982. Her active interest in Palliative Care was confirmed through her participation as a Co-Pl with Doctors Paul Seligman and Regina Fink in two NCI/NIH grants for palliative care education (from 1994-2000) and again as a Roxane Scholar at the Northwestern Medical School Palliative Care Program in 1996. Currently she is the Coordinator for the Master's Program Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Option. Paula is a member of the Program in Palliative Care Research Core Team, General Internal Medicine, University of Colorado, School of Medicine.
Nancy K. English, RN, PhD, APN, CHPN, was a nurse coordinator for a pediatric palliative care initiative from 2001 to 2011, and initiated a perinatal palliative care service at the Colorado Children's Hospital. She specializes in teaching nurses how to incorporate sacred and spiritual care into their practice.
Ellyn Matthews, RN, PhD, AOCNS, an associate professor at the University of Colorado College of Nursing, is an advanced oncology certified nurse specialist (AOCNS) with a focus on the symptom experience across the cancer trajectory. Areas of interest include pain, psychosocial distress, and symptom management in cancer populations. Current research involves testing behavioral interventions for chronic insomnia after breast cancer treatment. Dr. Matthews is also exploring sleep disturbances in other cancer populations including melanoma and mothers of children with leukemia using both quantitative and qualitative research methods.
Regina Fink, RN, PhD, AOCN, FAAN, is a research nurse scientist in at the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH), where she consults with nurses and other health care professionals on evidence-based practice and research projects. She is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado, College of Nursing. A national and international lecturer on pain, palliative care, and EBP with multiple publications, she has focused her 35 year career on caring for persons with cancer and pain. She has developed a pain assessment guide, equianalgesic reference card, and pain assessment DVD that has been distributed nationally to hospitals and other health facilities including hospices and home care agency staff. One of her many publications includes a practical handbook for oncology nurses, "Oncology Nursing Secrets". Previous research includes being a co-investigator on an NIH grant on Palliative Care, where she integrated palliative care and pain management content into the curricula of nursing and medical schools. She was a co-investigator on an AHRQ grant, Improving Pain Management in Nursing Homes, where she was responsible for developing and implementing the educational and behavioral interventions in 12 Colorado nursing homes. She conducted a palliative care needs assessment of rural Rocky Mountain hospitals. She was a co-investigator on an AHRQ grant providing web-based education on EBP for rural hospital nurses, and has collaborated on research related to CA-UTI, heart failure, and pain perceptions at the end-of-life. Currently she is a co-investigator on an American Cancer Society Funded grant, “Apoyo con Carino: Patient Navigation to Improve Palliative Care for Latinos with Advanced Cancer.” Regina is an advanced oncology certified nurse and a past recipient of the Colorado Florence Nightingale Award.
Original Grant Members
This project was funded through a grant from the National Cancer Institute, October 2001 to August 2004. Members who have left the project include Dr. Suzanne Howell who served as the project evaluator and whose expertise is in pain management and Dr. Maureen Pangle who currently is a director of nursing at St. John's Hospice in Denver.
The following were project consultants for the original National Cancer Institute grant (2001-05):
Colleen Scanlon, RN, MS, JD. The project faculty selected Colleen Scanlon as their consultant because of her expertise and practice in end-of-life care ethics.
David Weissman, MD, FAAHPM. Dr. Weissman is a consultant in palliative medicine. He is a pioneer in palliative care medicine and has done extensive work in role modeling with physicians, students, and institutions to promote change in improving end-of-life care. David’s mind set and practice was in keeping with the goals of the grant.