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The UW School of Nursing has a national and international reputation for excellence. An unusually fertile environment for nursing research guides and shapes its baccalaureate and graduate educational programs. It also builds practice that emphasizes leadership skills for the health care needs of a multicultural world.


Box 357260
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195
Phone: 206-543-8736

Ardith Doorenbos, PhD, RN, FAAN
Associate Professor

Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems
Box 357266
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195

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My program of research is based on the recognition that within the palliative care experience, the elements of pain and symptom management, advance care planning, and communications are key contributors to quality of life and dignified dying. Additionally, cultural importance is enhanced and care access disparities are increased at end-of-life. Disparities have been documented in the extant literature relating to pain and symptom management and advance care planning communication at end-of-life. Thus, my scholarly focus is to improve palliative care experience for diverse individuals and families within the global community.


Teaching has provided the opportunity to share my scholarship regarding palliative care and pain management. At the PhD level, I teach methodology. I have taught at the undergraduate level, Gerontological Nursing and Ethics. I also developed and teach Health in the context of culture, which is taught in India. In 2012, Dr. Tauben and I were awarded a three year Center of Excellence in Pain Education by the National Institute of Health Pain Consortium to enhance the teaching of pain management in all six UW health science schools. In 2013, I was awarded the UW School of Nursing Award for Excellence in Promoting Diversity through Teaching.

Practice, Service, Community Involvement

At the state and regional level, I serve on the South Puget Sound Intertribal Agency (SPIPA) Community Advisory Board as an expert in cancer survivorship and end-of-life issues. At the national level I review for a number of scholarly journals in my area, including the Journal of Nursing Scholarship and the Journal of Palliative Medicine. I review for the National Institute of Health in a number of capacities. I have reviewed for special emphasis panels for the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities; and regularly for the National Institute of Aging. I am a regular reviewer for the National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR) and have chaired a special emphasis panel for NINR. Additionally, I am an active fellow in the American Academy of Nursing. I am also very active in the Oncology Nursing Society. I keep my international connections vibrant by consulting with nurses in Ethiopia, Kenya, India, Japan, Thailand, and S. Korea on palliative care nursing issues.

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