Dignity for All

New Center for Palliative Care Research and Education ensures care is received at every stage of illness.

By April Frawley Lacey
At the end, there was peace. As he lay dying, the man was free of the pain from his cancer and not being able to eat anymore. His wife was calm. His children were by his side, where his grandchildren were playing. All were making memories.
Diana Wilkie, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN, Prairieview Trust-Earl and Margo Powers Endowed Professor and Director of the Center for Palliative Care Research and Education
Every week, Wilkie and the interdisciplinary palliative care team of faculty, post-doctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students and staff meet to discuss shared projects and initiatives. They meet in the center’s research space which features a state-of-the art visualization wall. Mindy Miller
"We want to eliminate the disease burden and optimize quality of life for humans and animals who have serious illnesses, and their caregivers."
Diana Wilkie, Ph.D., R.N., FAAN
Prairieview Trust-Earl and Margo Powers Endowed Professor at the UF College of Nursing

Partners in Discovery

Wilkie comforts a palliative care patient. Mindy Miller
College of Nursing Associate Professor Miriam O. Ezenwa, Ph.D., R.N.
Laurie Duckworth, Ph.D., ARNP, College of Nursing professor and UF Health Shands Nursing Research Director
“We have to make our system better. We have to have a system that can make it easier for patients and families to get the care they need.”
Laurie Duckworth, Ph.D., ARNP
UF Health Shands Director of Clinical Research and Associate Professor, College of Nursing

The Next Generation

Toni Glover, Ph.D., GNP-BC, ACHPN, Assistant Professor of Nursing
“You can teach nurses about death and dying in a didactic way, but it is so different when you care for a dying patient. These experiences cannot be taught in a book.”
Toni Glover, Ph.D., GNP-BC, ACHPN
Assistant Professor of Nursing

Goals for the Future

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