By Laura Lesley
University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing third-year PhD student and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar Rachel Wells, MSN, RN, CNL, presented at the 2018 National Symposium of Palliative Care Education and Research in San Diego, California on Oct. 12.
Wells’ presentation was titled, “What’s in the syringe? Exploring dose in behavioral palliative care interventions.”
“It is an honor to be selected to speak among palliative care educators, clinicians and researchers responsible for shaping palliative care in the United States,” Wells said. “One of the unique opportunities at this annual conference is a chance to network with them.”
Wells traveled to the conference with fellow PhD students Macy Stockdill and Amy Beasley, along with their mentor Marie Bakitas, DNSc, CRNP, NP-C, AOCN, ACHPN, FAAN.
“Throughout my time as a PhD student I have had multiple opportunities to travel with my mentor and fellow students. These shared experiences are among the many ways the UAB School of Nursing and Dr. Bakitas have prompted my growth as a PhD student and nurse scientist,” Wells said.
Wells has also been awarded an Alabama Nurses Foundation scholarship and had a presentation accepted for the Mixed Methods International Research Association 2018 Global Conference. She recently won the Annual Research Award for the oral abstract competition at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Heart Failure Nurses held in June 2018.
Wells earned her Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) degree from the UAB School of Nursing as part of the School’s Accelerated Master’s in Nursing Pathway (AMNP) in 2010. Through the AMNP, she completed the School’s Clinical Nurse Leader specialty track, ranked 7th in the nation by U.S. News and World Report.