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Verna Hendricks-Ferguson, Ph.D., RN, CHPPN, FPCN, FAAN

Professor; RN to BSN Option Coordinator

Courses Taught

Undergraduate and Graduate Nursing


  • B.S.N., Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
  • M.S.N., Southern Illinois University Edwardsville
  • Ph.D., Rush University
  • NIH-NINR T32 Funded Postdoctoral Fellowship, Indiana University

Research Interests

Dr. Hendricks-Ferguson's research interests include palliative and end-of-life communication, parent information preferences, and hope and spirituality among adolescents with cancer.

Publications and Media Placements

Please follow this link to view select publications from Dr. Hendricks-Ferguson.

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished Scientist Award (2018) - by the Midwest Nursing Research Society's Palliative and End-of-Life Research Interest Group
  • Certified Hospice and Palliative Pediatric Nurse (CHPPN) of the Year (2017) - by the Hospice and Palliative Nurse Credentialing Center
  • Research Writing Award (2016) - Association of Hematology/Oncology Pediatric Nurses
  • Fellow in Palliative Care Nursing (2015) - Hospice Palliative Nursing Foundation 
  • Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing (2015) - American Academy of Nursing 
  • Leadership in Palliative Care (2015) - Hospice Palliative Nursing Foundation 
  • Best Research Manuscript Award (2014) - Midwest Nursing Research: Palliative and End of Life Care Research Interest Group
  • St. Louis Nurse Educator of the Year (2013) - St. Louis Magazine Excellence in Nursing 
  • Home and Palliative Nurse of the Year Award (2013) - Missouri March of Dimes
  • Pearl Moore Making a Difference Emerging Leadership Award (2013) - Oncology Nursing Society

Professional Organizations and Associations

  • American Nurses Association
  • Oncology Nursing Society
  • Association of Pediatric-Hematology Oncology Nurses
  • Hospice/Palliative Care Nursing Association
  • Sigma Theta Tau International
  • Midwest Nursing Research Society