Judith Gedney Baggs, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., Elizabeth N. Gray Distinguished Professor at the Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing, was honored with the Distinguished Researcher Award from the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association at the Annual Assembly held in conjunction with the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine earlier this month.
The Distinguished Researcher Award recognizes a nurse who has demonstrated longevity and consistency in hospice and palliative nursing research presentations and publications in a variety of peer-reviewed journals. Each year, the individual chosen has for this award has demonstrated involvement in hospice and palliative research as the principal investigator on multiple research studies; has served as a mentor in research for nurses and/or nursing students; and has published research that is cited by other authors.
Dr. Baggs is a nationally recognized researcher in the field of interprofessional collaboration and collaborative end-of-life decision making in the intensive care unit setting. She found that collaboration between nurses and physicians in the ICU benefited both patients and clinicians, and, more recently, conducted an ethnographic study of end-of-life decision making in four adult ICUs, demonstrating how confusing the ICU context was to patient families.