Norma Conner, PhD, RN, FNAP

Dr. Conner’s research foci fall under the larger umbrella of health services use, particularly end of life decision making, informal caregiver decision making, advance care planning and the relationship between spirituality and palliative and end of life care. Additionally, she has completed research and published on pedagogical issues including RN to BSN education, community/public health nursing education, and end of life education. Dr. Conner is currently seeking grant funding for her proposal: Community Engagement to Improve Advance Care Planning among Blacks aged 40 to 70.


Funded Research

  • Co-Investigator, The Invisible Man: Lived Experiences of Older Male Caregivers, American Nurses Foundation ($5,000).

  • Co-Investigator, Development of a Falls Prevention Program For Older Adults: A Pilot Study, The Learning Institute for Elders ($2,650).

  • Principal Investigator, A Community Based Patient Centered Advance Care Planning Intervention, UCF Learning Institute for Elders ($2,200).

  • Principal Investigator, Factors Predictive of Hospital Patients' Discharge to Hospice, Sigma Theta Tau International, Theta Epsilon Chapter ($500).

  • Community Engagement to Improve Advance Care Planning among Blacks aged 40 to 70, National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR), National Institutes of Health (NIH).

  • Predictors of Nurse Referrals to Pediatric Palliative Care, Florida Hospital Scholar Award.

  • Identifying Beliefs and Values Regarding Insurance Procurement Among Uninsured Adults, University of Central Florida College of Nursing New Investigator Funds.


Selected Publications

  • Agenor, C., Conner, N., & Aroian, K. (2017). Flourishing: An evolutionary concept analysis. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 38(11), 915-923.
  • Conner, N., Provedel, A., & Maciel, E. L. N. (2017). Ciéncia & Saúde Coletiva: Scientific production analysis and collaborative research networks. Ciéncia & Saúde Coletiva22(3), 987-996.

  • Paulson, D., Bassett, R., Kitsmiller, E., Luther, K., & Conner, N. (2016). When employment and caregiving collide: Predictors of labor force participation in prospective and current caregivers. Clinical Gerontologist. Advance online publication.

  • Conner, N. & Uddin, N. (2015) Predictors of intention to refer to pediatric palliative or hospice care. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Advance online publication.

  • Loerzel, V. & Conner, N.E. (2014) Advances and challenges: Student reflections from an online death and dying course. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. Online first. DOI: 10.1177/1049909114549182

  • Conner, N.E., Loerzel, V., Uddin, N. (2014) Nursing student end-of-life care attitudes after an online death and dying course. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, 16(6), 374-382.

  • Conner, N.E. & Chase, S.K. (2014). Decisions and caregiving: End-of-life among Blacks from the perspective of informal caregivers and decision-makers. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. (April 4) E-pub ahead of print.

  • Conner, N.E. & Thielemann, P.A. (2013). RN-BSN completion programs: Equipping nurses for the future. Nursing Outlook, 61(6), 458-465. 

  • Hicks, M. & Conner, N. (2014). Resilient aging: A concept analysis. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 70(4),744-55. doi: 10.1111/jan.12226

  • Conner, N.E. (2012). Predictive factors of hospice use among Blacks: Applying Andersen's Behavioral Model. American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine, 29(5), 368-374. doi:10.1177/1049909111425227* 


Professional Organizations 

  • Sigma Theta Tau International
  • American Nurses Association Academy Health
  • Southern Nursing Research Society
  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing

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