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
by Pat Ford-Roegner
Lurking right behind the COVID-19 pandemic is another major killer: the seemingly unstoppable incidences of violence by Americans on one another. Most recently, we witnessed senseless shootings in areas including Atlanta, Austin, Boulder, Chicago, Columbus, Indianapolis, Kenosha, WI and Orange County, CA. Major cities are experiencing a steep rise in gun violence. My hometown of Philadelphia reels daily from violence. Innocent children are frequent victims.
The events themselves are horrific, but only part of the story.
OHIO-Nurses are up against major obstacles every day: workplace violence; burnout; unsafe staffing; COVID-19; and other traumatic events. Many of these have a lasting impact that go beyond the bedside, leading to moral injury within the profession. Moral injury, often described as a consequence of continual acts that go against one’s morality, is a phenomenon sweeping the profession, which is why the Ohio Nurses Foundation announced today the winners of a $100,000 award to support important research on moral injury in nursing.