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Nancy Dias, PhD, RN, CNE

Assistant Professor
Nursing Science
Office: 4165F Health Sciences Building
Phone: (252) 744-6526

My research interest stems not only from my professional career pathways, but also from the personal experience of loss. I have focused my area of interest on understanding the trajectories of challenges bereaved parents face and their health after their child’s death. I want to contribute to the advancement of bereavement care, as an extension of the palliative and end-of-life continuum, with a goal to improve health outcomes of bereaved parents. The long-term goal of my research program is to develop and test individualized and culturally relevant long-term interventions for parents as caregivers of sick children that can be integrated during pediatric palliative, end-of-life, and bereavement care. Considering my international background, I am interested and involved in global initiatives too. 

Bio

I completed my PhD at Duke University School of Nursing, which has provided me with a variety of learning experiences that have helped me develop my research skills, leadership qualities, and equipped me with strategies to step into the next phase of my nursing career. I have developed expertise in designing mixed-methods research and have gained experience in specific research skills such as recruitment, data collection, data management, data analysis, and also data dissemination. My research area is focused to contribute to the advancement of bereavement care, as an extension of the palliative and end-of-life continuum, with a goal to improve bereaved parent’s health outcomes. My dissertation focus was to identify the challenges bereaved parents faced, the strategies they used to help themselves and their health status. For most parents there is no imaginable event more devastating than the death of their child. This kind of loss has profound consequences for bereaved parents, including higher morbidity and mortality rates. I strive to lay the foundations to develop a body of research that can make innovative and significant contributions in palliative, end of life care, and bereavement care with a focus on developing and testing interventions to improve health outcomes for bereaved parents. 

My previous work experience in nursing includes both experiences in the United States and internationally (India and Oman). This experience provided me with an understanding of cultural differences among individuals. I have nursing experience caring for adults and children in medical surgical units. My master’s thesis examined knowledge and practices of the NICU nurses in relation to the grieving process experienced by parents. My interest in a research career stems not only from my master’s research, but also from the personal experience of loss. In summary my strong international clinical and teaching experiences have laid a solid foundation upon which to build my research skills. My academic record and personal history reflect my conscientiousness, determination, and ability to master and pursue my career in nursing research.  My long-term career goal is to develop a program of research that focuses on identifying and testing interventions to help bereaved parents improve their health outcomes. 

Research Interests

Major research interests are:

Pediatric palliative, end-of-life, and bereavement care continuum. 

Global initiatives in education and palliative care

 

 

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News

Referred Articles/Papers

1.Tanabe, P., Dias, N., and Gorman, L. (2013). Care of Children with Sickle Cell Disease in the Emergency Department: Parent and Provider Perspectives Inform Quality Improvement Efforts. J. of Pediatric Oncology Nursing. July/August 2013 vol. 30 no. 4 205-217. Published online before print July 8, 2013, doi: 10.1177/1043454213493509

2. Dias, N.,Docherty, S., & Brandon, D. (2017). Parental bereavement: Looking beyond grief. Death Studies, 1-10. doi:10.1080/07481187.2017.1279239

3. Dias, N., Brandon, D., Haase, J., & Tanabe, P.  Bereaved Parents’ Health Status During the First 6 Months After Their Child’s Death. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine,doi: 10.1177/1049909117744188 

Book Chapters

Books and Monographs

Non-Refereed Articles/Papers

Grants

Research: Completed

1. American Nurses Foundation                                     Dias                                     9.1.2014 to 9.1.2015

Trajectories of Parental Bereavement Challenges and their Health Risks; A case-based mixed methods study.  

Purpose: To study the challenges of bereaved parents and the coexistence of these challenges with health risk indicators.

Role: PI

 

2. National Association of Indian Nurses of America      Dias                                    9.1.2014 to 9.1.2015

Trajectories of Parental Bereavement Challenges and their Health Risks; A case-based mixed methods study.  

Purpose: To study the challenges of bereaved parents and the coexistence of these challenges with health risk indicators.

Role: PI

 

3. Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation                           Dias                                  6.2014 to 05.2016

Transformational Leadership in Nursing: Aspiring Leaders Development (ALD) Program

Project Goal: To develop and implement a transformational leadership program for a cohort of aspiring nurse leaders of Indian heritage that focuses on individual leadership development and furthers the mission of the organization.                     

Role: PI

Applied for the F-31 (NRSA-NIH) and the project was scored but not funded

Refereed Presentations

1.Dias, N. August 2010, Effectiveness of the “Goes” Clinical Work Tool” as a teaching strategy in the clinical area.Podium presentation at the National Black Nurses Association (NBNA) conference. San Diego, California.

2.Dias, N., (2011). An update on the Effectiveness of the “GOES” Clinical Work Tool. Asian American and Pacific Islander Nurses Association (AAPINA) Conference. Houston, Texas.     

3. Tanabe, P, Dias, N,and Gorman, L. (2013). Family Centered Care in the Emergency Department for Children with Sickle Cell Disease: A Qualitative Study. Poster presented at the 7thAnnual Sickle Cell Disease Research and Educational Symposium and National Sickle Cell Disease Scientific Meeting. Miami, Fl.

4.Dias, N., Brandon, D., & Docherty, S. (2014).Parental bereavement challenges using a new lens: The Adaptive Leadership Framework. Podium presentation at the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) conference. Phoenix, Arizona.

5. Dias, N., Brandon, D., & Docherty, S. (2014). Parental Challenges during bereavement. Poster presented at the Southern Nurses Research Society (SNRS) conference. San Antonio, Texas.

6. Dias, N., Brandon, D., & Docherty, S. (2014). The Complexities of Parental Bereavement Challenges across a 6-month Trajectory. Poster presented at the Council of Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS). Washington. DC.

7.  Dias, N., & Brandon, D. (2015). Continuing Bonds: A Concept Analysis. Poster presented at the Southern Nurses Research Society Annual conference (SNRS). Tampa, Fl

8.Dias, N., Silva, S. & Brandon, D. (2016). Looking Beyond Grief: Bereaved Parents Challenges and Health Risks. Poster presentation at the Council of Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS)Washington. DC.

9. Brandon, D., Dias, N., Kunzman, J., Sloane, R., Bidegain, M. (2016). Decision-Making Typologies of Neonatal Providers and Moral Distress. Poster presentation at the Council of Advancement of Nursing Science (CANS)Washington. DC. 

10.Dias, N., (2016). Immigration and Bereavement: Challenges and Health of Immigrant Indian Bereaved Parents. Podium presentation at the National Association of Indian Nurses of America. (NAINA) Illinois, Chicago.

11. Dias.N.,Jesto.S., Mendonca.M., et. al. (2016). Aspiring Nurse Leadership Development Initiative: The National Association of Indian Nurses of America's project based on Kouzes and Posner Leadership Practices.Poster presentation at the National Association of Indian Nurses of America. (NAINA) Illinois, Chicago.

12. Dias, N., Haase, J. E. (2017). The Challenges, Strategies, and Health Status of Bereaved Parents During the First 6-months After Their Child’s Death. Poster presentation at the RESPECT Center conference. Indianapolis, Indiana.

13. Dias, N., Haase, J. E. (2017). Bereaved Parents’ Holistic Health During the First 6-months After Their Child’s Death. Podium presentation at the International Conference of Cancer Nursing, Anaheim, California.

Non-Referred Presentations

Invited Presentations

1. Dias, N. (2016) Panel discussion: The aspiring leaders development program. A leadership training program developed and initiated by the National Association of Indian Nurses of America (NAINA). Illinois, Chicago.

2. Dias, N. (2017) Looking Beyond Grief: Parental Bereavement Challenges and Health. Podium presentation at the Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition of North Carolina. 

3. Dias, N., Boring, E., Haase, J. E. (2017) Panel discussion: Research and Support Programs to Address Chronically Ill Children and Bereaved Parents’ Challenges and Support Needs. Illinois, Chicago.

4. Dias, N. (2017) Transformational Leadership. Podium presentation at National Leadership conference by the National Association of Indian Nurses of America (NAINA). Atlanta, Georgia.

5. Dias, N. (2017) Bringing Pediatric Hospice Home. Panel discussion on bereaved parents’ health outcomes and bereavement care. Organized by the Pediatric Palliative Care Coalition-NC. Asheville, North Carolina.

Consultations

 Member of a ECU interdisciplinary research team focused on improving Pediatric palliative and End-of-life care.

Special Projects/Faculty Development

Global Initiatives:

1. Namaste ELNEC:

Develop a  train the trainer program for Nursing faculty from India. This program will teach and develop palliative care concepts that can be integrated in the nursing curriculum to train nursing students and nursing staff.

Research Activities

Current Project Purpose: Describe the health of parents with a terminally ill child, including associations between parental health and the child’s quality of life and to explore the parents’ needs, expectations, and perceptions of existing health care services.

Other intitiatives in progress: 

·     Develop an international (India) collaborative effort to develop and adapt the ELNEC curriculum for Instructors teaching Cancer Nursing in India. Will include research data collection to evaluate effectiveness of the program

·     Develop an App for bereaved parents as part of intervention for bereaved parents. Collaborating with Vidant and ECU physician team

 

Courses Taught

Year

Courses Taught

Title

Role

07/1993 - 05/1994 

Fundamental of Nursing, First Aid, Medical - Surgical Nursing

Staff Nurse/ Clinical Instructor 

Lectures & Clinical Instruction

06/1997 - 02/1998

Medical Surgical Nursing, Neonatal Nursing, and Community Health

Assistant Lecturer

Lectures & Clinical Instruction

07/2006 - 05/2007

Nursing care of the Adult-I, Applied Nursing Principles, Junior Seminar, Concepts of Professional practice, Nursing Care of the adult-II

Clinical Instructor

Course leader, Lectures and clinical instruction

07/2007 -12/2007

Nursing Care of Family 

Instructor

Lectures & Clinical Instruction

01/2008 - 5/2008

Concepts of Professional Practice

Instructor

Lectures & Clinical Instruction

07/2008 - 12/2008 

Nursing Care of Family, Pharmacology in Nursing 

Instructor

Lectures & Clinical Instruction

01/2009 - 05/2009

Nursing care of the Adult-I, Nursing Care of the adult-II, Pharmacology in Nursing

Instructor

Course leader, Lectures and clinical instruction

05/2009 - 12/2009

Nursing care of the Adult-I, Nursing Care Of Family, Pharmacology in Nursing

Instructor

Course leader, Lectures and clinical instruction

01/2010 - 07/2010 

Pediatric Nursing Care, Applied Nursing principles, Pharmacology in Nursing

ABSN Coordinator

Program Coordinator, Course leader and Lectures 

01/2011 - 05/2011 

Nursing care of the Adult-I, Applied Nursing Principle

ABSN Coordinator

Program Coordinator, Course leader and Lectures

06/2011 - 07/2011

Nursing Care of the adult-II

ABSN Coordinator

Program Coordinator, Course leader and Lectures

07/2016 –

12/2016

Qualitative Methods for Nursing Research

Post-Doctoral Fellow

Teaching Assistant

07/2017 – 12/2017

Research for Practice of Advanced Nursing

Assistant Professor

Lead instructor

Dissertation Committees

DNP Project Committees

Special Assignments/Faculty Development

Task Force committee member to evaluate and redesign the research course for Masters level student.

 

Service

1.ECU- University level: 

  • Member of Bereavement care committee. A multidisciplinary committee to improve bereavement care for bereaved parents. Currently this committee is focusing on developing pediatric palliative care program
  • In conversation to develop a cultural support group for faculty of Indian origin at ECU

Service Learning Activities

Special Projects

Namaste ELNEC: Global intitiative in India

Honors and Awards

Academic and Professional Honors

Jenkins Family Graduate Fellowship Endowment Fund                                                        2015 & 2016

Distinguished success achieved in Nursing by Mandvi Co-operative Bank                           1993        

Rolling Shield (Academic Distinction) - honors roll in all semesters of BSN Nursing             1993