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Patricia E. Benner

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Patricia E. Benner

Professor Emerita, Philosophy of Nursing Science, Ethics and Interpretive Phenomenology
School of Nursing, University of California, San Francisco
decision-making in critical nursing care
end-of-life care
health care provider-assisted suicide by critical care nurses
ethical dilemmas in nursing
philosophy of nursing science


Dr. Benner teaches philosophy of nursing science, ethics and interpretive phenomenology. Dr. Benner's research focuses on skill acquisition and clinical judgment in nursing practice, and articulating the knowledge and skill in practice in order to make it public and visible. She also studies end-of-life care in critical care settings. Her work in end-of-life care includes the exploration of attitudes and values towards end-of-life care pain management, the transition from curative to palliative care and health care provider assisted suicide by critical care nurses. She also founded Benner Associates, which brings to hospitals and their nursing divisions a plan and process to put in place a set of solutions to many of the problems facing nursing in the current environment. She received a B.A. in nursing from Pasadena College, an M.S. in nursing from the University of California, San Francisco, and a Ph.D. in education from the University of California, Berkeley.

Benner Associates
1968 Yosemite Road
Berkeley  California  94707
United States
Office Phone: 
(415) 476-4313
Office Fax: 
(415) 476-6552


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