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Nancy Wells, DNSc, RN, FAAN

Research Professor
VUSN & Director of Nursing Research, VU Hospitals and Clinics


Current Research Interests

  • Pain and symptom management
  • Efficacy of alternative therapies to manage symptoms
  • Evidence-based practice



Flannery, M.  (2012-14). Lung Cancer Pain/Symptom Assessment for Functional Well-being (ONS Foundation/Purdue Pharma Trish Green Pain Assessment & Research management Grant; Role: Wells Co-I
Fitzhenry, F. (2010-12). Pain Assessment & Intervention Needs AHRQ 1R03HS019069-01. Role: Wells Co-I]


Representative Publications

Fitzhenry F, Wells N, Slater V, Dietrich MS, Wisawatapnimit P, Chakravarthy AB.  (2014). A randomized placebo-controlled pilot study of the impact of healing touch pm fatigue in breast cancer patients undergoing radiation therapy. Integrative Cancer Therapy, 13: 105-113.

League K, Christenbery T, Sandlin V, Arnow D, Moss K, Wells N. (2012). Increasing nurses’ access to evidence through a web-based resource. JONA, 42: 531-535.

Wells NL, Sandlin V. (2012).  Expectations of pain and accompanying symptoms during cancer treatment. Current pain and headache reports. Epub 2012/05/15. doi: 10.1007/s11916-012-0272-0. PubMed PMID: 22580764.


Professional Organizations

2004-present               Member, American Academy of Nursing
1998-present               Member, Oncology Nursing Society