COVID-19 & Nurse Scientists on the Front Line: Lisa Lindley

Lisa C. Lindley, PhD, RN, FPCN, FAAN
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Please describe your work with the COVID-19 pandemic.
As a health services and policy researcher, my work during COVID-19 is to understand the new approaches to delivering pediatric end-of-life care.

Please give us information about your background and history as a nurse scientist. 
My nurse scientist career started in the doctoral program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Under the mentorship of Dr. Barbara Mark, I gained critical skills as a health services and policy researcher with the support of a NINR T32 predoctoral scholar and AHRQ R36 dissertation award. I found my passion for ensuring children at end of life have quality, accessible hospice care. NINR funding has assisted me in advancing the science of pediatric end-of-life care with K01 and R01 research awards. This work has improved access and quality of pediatric hospice care in an environment of federal and state regulations.

What else would you like the public to know about your role or the role of nurse scientists in the fight against COVID-19?
During the fight against COVID-19, I have partnered with a pediatric hospice in Scotland that provides virtual hospice care for children in response to COVID-19. Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS) rapidly migrated its traditional hospice services such as RN visits and bereavement to virtual care (aka telehospice). They also added a creative array of virtual hospice wrap-around services for children, families, moms, and dads from storytelling to drop-in sessions. It is my honor and privilege to collaborate with CHAS and to share this international information on delivering innovative pediatric hospice care.

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