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GWish's 15th Anniversary & GWish Award for Excellence in Interprofessional Spiritual Care

This year the George Washington University’s Institute for Spirituality and Health is celebrating its 15th Anniversary as a GW Chartered Institute! We are grateful to all of you for your support and passion about this essential element of healthcare---spiritual care as critical to the practice of compassionate, whole person care.

In conjunction with our 15th Anniversary, we are pleased to announce our first annual GWish Award for Excellence in Interprofessional Spiritual Care. We are so honored to present this award to Betty Ferrell, RN, PhD, MA, FAAN, FPCN, CHPN a mentor, colleague and friend to so many of us and you as well.   

Betty has been in nursing for 37 years and has focused her clinical expertise and research in pain management, quality of life, and palliative care.  Dr. Ferrell is the Director of Nursing Research & Education and a Professor at the City of Hope Medical Center in Duarte, California.  She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and she has over 370 publications in peer-reviewed journals and texts.  She is Principal Investigator of a Research Project funded by the National Cancer Institute on “Palliative Care for Patients with Solid Tumors on Phase 1 Clinical Trials” 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 Board of Scientific Advisors of the National Cancer Institute and was Co-Chairperson of the National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care.   Dr. Ferrell completed a Master degree in Theology, Ethics and Culture from Claremont Graduate University in 2007.  She has authored ten books including the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing published by Oxford University Press (4th edition published in 2015).  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).  In 2013 Dr. Ferrell was named one of the 30 Visionaries in the field by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. 

To celebrate GWish's anniversary with the bestowing of the first GWish Award to Dr. Ferrell is a great honor for us here at George Washington University.  The University and the GWish Board of Directors are hosting a celebratory dinner on the first evening of the Annual GWish Summer Institute in Spirituality and Health--July 11, 2016.  For those of you attending the Summer Institute, the dinner and celebration is included in the registration.  As Dr. Ferrell will be our opening keynote speaker leading a list of outstanding leaders in the area we hope you will register for the Summer Institute and join us in this unique conference which is informative and interactive. 

Please consider joining us for these conference (July 11-14, 2016) and of course for our celebration on July 11, 2016. 

Thursday, July 14, 2016 - 6:00pm to 9:00pm


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