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

Irene Riddle Endowed Professor

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 program of research has focused on making significant contributions to the pioneering study of palliative and end-of-life (PC/EOL) communication practices by pediatric oncology providers with parents of children with poor prognosis cancer. She has several published research articles focused on PC/EOL pediatric provider communication practices and parental preferences to receive early PC/EOL information about the care of children with cancer. Additionally, she has been honored with receiving several PC/EOL designated awards, including: (a) the first issued 'Distinguished Nurse Scientist Award' in 2018 by the Midwest Nursing Research Society's PC/EOL Research Interest Group; (b) two research writing awards by the Journal of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Nurses; and (c) inducted as a Fellow of Palliative Care NursingHer research has been funded by external foundations (i.e., Oncology Nursing Foundation, Alex Lemonade Children's Cancer Research Foundation) and the National Institute Health (NIH) and the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) (i.e., 3-year NIH-NINR T32 post-doc fellowship; grants by the NIH-NINR). 

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