Dr. Fortney's research focuses on aspects of palliative and end of life care for infants in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). She is interested in characterizing the symptom and medical burden of these infants, and identifying associations between parents’ perceptions of their infant’s symptom experience and their clinical decision-making for their infant, as well as their long-term coping and distress.
- Gerhardt, C.A., Baughcum, A. E., Fortney, C., & Lichtenthal, W. Chapter 15, Palliative Care, End of Life, and Bereavement, Handbook of Pediatric Psychology (5th Edition), 2016.
- Winning, A.M., Merandi, J.M., Lewe, D., Stepney, L.M.C., Liao, Nancy, N.N., Fortney, C.A., Gerhardt, C.A. (under review). The emotional impact of errors and adverse events on healthcare providers in the NICU: The protective role of coworker support. Journal of Advanced Nursing
- James, J, Munson, D, DeMauro, SB, Lander, JC, Dworetz, A., Natarajan, G, Fortney, CA, Seabrook, R, Vohr, BR, Tyson, JE, Bell, EF, Poindexter, BB, Shankaran, S, Higgins, RD, Das, A, Stoll, BJ, & Kirpalani, H; for the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Neonatal Research Network. (accepted) Outcomes of preterm infants following about withdrawal or withholding of life support. Journal of Pediatrics
- Keim, MC, Fortney, CA, Shultz, EL, Winning, AM, Gerhardt, CA, & Baughcum, AE. (2017) Having another child after an infant’s death in the NICU: Parent distress and decision-making. Journal of Obstetric and Gynecological Nursing
- Shultz, EL, Switala, M., Winning, AM, Keim, MC, Baughcum, AE, Gerhardt, CA & ♦Fortney, CA. (2017) Multiple perspectives of symptoms and suffering at end-of-life in the NICU. Advances in Neonatal Care (♦=senior author)
- Fortney, CA and Steward, D. (2017). A qualitative study of nurse observations of symptoms in infants at the end of life in the neonatal intensive care unit. Intensive and Critical Care Nursing
- Fortney, C and Steward, D. (2015). Medical record documentation and symptom management at the end-of-life in the NICU. Advances in Neonatal Care, 15(1) 48-55. doi:10.1097/ANC.0000000000000132. PMID:25313801
- Fortney, C and Steward, D. (2014). A new framework to evaluate the quality of a neonatal death. Death Studies, Jan-Jun; 38(1-5):294-301. do:10.1080/07481187.2012.742475. Epub 2013 Sep 2. PMID:24593007
- Recent Research Activities
- Nationwide Children's Hospital Intramural Research Program (10/17/16-10/16/18), $40,000. "Adaptation and validation of the Psychosocial Assessment Tool (PAT) for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Setting"
- National Institute of Nursing Research (9/26/16 - 7/31/19), Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23), K23NR016033, $406,194. "Infant symptoms in the NICU: Impact on parent decision-making, coping, and distress
- Ohio State University College of Nursing Seed Grant (12/15/15 - 12/31/16), $10,000. "Infant symptoms and impact on parent decision-making, coping, and distress in the NICU: A feasibility study"
- Sigma Theta Tau International, Epsilon Chapter (12/2015 - 12/2016), $1,500. "Practitioners' views of palliative care and end of life in different pediatric settings"
- Nationwide Children's Hospital Intramural Research Program (8/1/14-7/31/16), $40,000. "Perceptions of suffering, satisfaction with care, and unmet needs among parents of infants who died in the NICU"
- National Institute of Nursing Research, Ruth B. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA), F31NR00946, $124,891. "Defining a good death for high-risk neonates in the NICU"
- Professional Society Memberships
- 2017-present Member, Pediatric Palliative Care Special Interest Group
- 2017-present Chair, Palliative Care and End-of-Life Research Interest Group, Midwest Nursing Research Society
- 2016-present Member, Palliative Care Research Collaborative (PCRC)
- 2016-present Counselor, Sigma Theta Tau, International, Epsilon Chapter
- 2015 Research Scholar, Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association
- 2013-present Member, Communications and Engagement Committee, Midwest Nursing Research Society
- 2013-present Member, Compassionate Care Committee, Nationwide Children's Hospital
- 2013-present Member, National Association of Neonatal Nurses
- 2013-present Member, Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association
- 2012-present Member, Midwest Nursing Research Society
- 2009 Rising Star of Research, Sigma Theta Tau, International
- 2002-present Member, Sigma Theta Tau International, Epsilon Chapter
Chief Wellness Officer and College of Nursing Dean will ascend to chair for 2023-2024 term
The National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention has elected Bernadette Melnyk, PhD, APRN-CNP, FAANP, FNAP, FAAN, as its new vice-chair of the Board of Directors for the 2022-2023 term.
Why more understanding – and a more comprehensive response – are so badly needed
by Jin Jun, PhD, RN
Burnout — a psychological condition involving a prolonged response to enduring interpersonal stressors — has almost become a descriptor for nursing work in recent years. The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed many already-stressed nurses into a deep state of burnout, as evidenced by research that finds one in two nurses reporting symptoms of burnout.1