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Nursing Research and Scholarship

The Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing seeks to develop a community of scholars who conduct innovative research and evidence-based practice to improve health and wellbeing and advance health equity. Faculty conduct research across the lifespan and across settings from the community to acute care, and nursing education to app development.

Our endowed chairs below are internationally recognized scholars whose contributions have improved care for children with cancer and parents. For a complete list of faculty research interests see here.

Irene Riddle Endowed Chair

kVerna-Hendricks-Ferguson, PhD, RN, FPCN, FAAN

2018 Senior Scientist Award from the MNRS Palliative Care/End of Life RIIG

Dr. Hendricks-Ferguson's program of research has made 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 is currently MPI for a R01 grant (RO1CA235632) titled: Evaluation of the Communication Plan Early through End-of-Life (COMPLETE) Intervention for 5 years from 2019-2024. (Link to faculty page for more details) 

Hemak Professor of Maternal-Child Nursing

lDenise Côté-Arsenault, PhD, RN, FAAN

2022 Distinguished Scientist Award from MNRS Palliative Care/End of Life RIIG

Dr. Côté-Arsenault, an expert in obstetrics and prenatal care has made significant contributions to the area of perinatal palliative care. She has published over 40 works in the field of Prenatal Care and has extensively researched the strategies that are needed to improve care. She has also published works relating to Perinatal Loss and the effects that it has on mothers physical and emotional health. As a Fulbright Scholar in 2022, she studied perinatal care in Edenborough, Scotland.

Office of Nursing Research

The Office of Nursing Research supports SLU Trudy Busch Valentine supports faculty and students to develop research and evidence-based practice projects. We collaborate across the University to identify and provide resources for funding, research training, and support to researchers.

The School of Nursing is a member of the Allied Health Research Council that seeks to increase interprofessional collaboration across the health sciences.

The Office of the Vice President for Research supports a Go Center to help with pre- and post-award activities, the Institutional Review Board, and Financial Services for research management.

To discuss research access to the Trudy Busch Valentine School of Nursing faculty, students or staff or possible collaborative research ventures, contact Dr. Helen Lach, Associate Dean for Research at