UB School of Nursing has an excellent PhD program that provides a variety of resources and services to assist PhD students in academics and research. For example, there are seven scholarship teams in the School of Nursing that include many faculty and students doing interdisciplinary research in many areas.
I am interested in end-of-life research because of my nursing experience. I have been working closely with the intensivists in the intensive care unit (ICU) to provide care to patients with terminal illness and life-threatening conditions, so I have opportunities to talk to patients and their families regarding the psychosocial, cultural and spiritual aspects of end-of-life care. I was able to understand the nature of the patients/families’ struggles and then felt more capable of empathizing with them. These experiences motivate me to continue to pursue and advanced academic degree and knowledge for research in end-of-life care.
After the completion of my PhD program, I want to work as a full-time faculty member whose primary responsibilities include teaching and research.
In the future, I hope to be able to combine what I have learned through research in end-of-life care with my clinical experience to help more patients, families and communities.
This scholarship has provided me with financial support for pursuing my PhD and taking part in scholarly activities that help me to gain knowledge through research.