The Sacred Ethos of the Everyday World of Nursing

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



It is not the superhuman, heroic, rare, monumental acts of ethical behavior or moral actions that mark our days. It is not the rare and heroic acts that remain in the hearts and minds of our patients and their families forever. It is the daily moments of your practice that are sacred. It is not so much what we do; it is who we are. This inspiring multimedia program describes daily actions taken by nurses which restore wholeness to patients and maintain the integrity of nursing.

Purpose/Goal: To describe daily actions taken by nurses which restore wholeness to patients and maintain the integrity of nursing.


1. Describe QOL concerns of patients addressed through expert nursing care.
2. Identify nursing actions in routine care that maintain the integrity of professional practice.


Betty Ferrell, PhD, MA, FAAN, FPCN, CHPN has been in oncology nursing for 33 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 Principal Investigator of the "End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC)" project. She directs several other funded projects related to palliative care in cancer centers and QOL issues. Dr. Ferrell is a member of the National Cancer Policy Forum and was Chairperson of the National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care. She served on the National Quality Forum Committee for Preferred Practices in palliative care. She is also the chairperson of the Southern California Cancer Pain Initiative. She has authored eight books - Cancer Pain Management(1995),a text on Suffering(1995), Pain in the Elderly(1996), Textbook of Palliative Nursing Care (2006) published by Oxford University Press (3rd edition published in 2010). 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). Dr. Ferrell completed a Masters degree in Theology, Ethics and Culture from Claremont Graduate University in 2007.

The planners and author(s) of this continuing nursing education activity have disclosed no relevant financial relationships with any commercial companies pertaining to this activity.

Contact Hours: 1

Expiration Date: 12/31/2014


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