Virginia volunteered in MNJ Institute of Oncology and Regional Cancer Center in Hyderabad

Virginia LeBaron is a PhD candidate with the University of Utah College of Nursing, USA, who is presently conducting research for this degree at the MNJ Institute of Oncology and Regional Cancer Center (MNJ) in Hyderabad, India. Her research project is entitled, “Exploring the relationship between nurse moral distress and cancer pain management: An ethnography of oncology palliative care nurses in India.” Her research is funded by a Fulbright-Nehru Student Research Grant and a Doctoral Fellowship from the American Cancer Society. Virginia’s connection with MNJ began with her volunteer work with the INCTR as a palliative care nurse consultant, and she is immensely grateful for the support of her research by INCTR and Dr. Gayatri Palat, the Director of Palliative Care at MNJ. Virginia hopes that her research will help inform effective policy and educational interventions that will reduce nurse moral distress, enhance opioid availability, and lessen the suffering of patients dying from cancer.

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