Christine Fortney, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor
(614) 292-8341

316 Newton Hall
1585 Neil Avenue Columbus, OH 43210








Research Interests

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.



Research Activities

Ongoing Research

  • 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

Completed Research

  • 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"




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


Book Chapters

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.



Professional Service, Honors and Awards

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