Emory School of Nursing Faculty Paper Published by Journal of Cancer Education
March 24, 2021
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J. Michael Moore
Dir. of Communications
The Journal of Cancer Education recently published research authored by Emory School of Nursing associate professor, Jill B. Hamilton, PhD, RN, FAAN, titled, “Using spirituality to cope with Covid-19: The Experiences of African-American Breast Cancer Survivors.” This esteemed publication addresses the need for health care providers in the field of oncology to improve cancer education strategies and healthcare delivery to cancer patients.
The Journal of Cancer Education (JCE) is a peer-reviewed journal that addresses varied aspects of cancer education for physicians, dentists, nurses, students, social workers, and other allied health professionals. Articles featured in JCE include reports of original research and techniques. Centered on aspects of cancer education, topics include basic sciences of cancer, the evaluation of attitudes towards cancer patient care, and the teaching of diagnostic skills applicable to cancer.
As Associate Professor and Senior Faculty Fellow of Social Determinants of Health and Health Disparities, Dr. Hamilton has developed culturally relevant measures of social support and spirituality. Dr. Hamilton is published on topics related to psychological distress among African Americans of all ages. She has developed original research on the effects of storytelling that incorporates religious songs and scripture. The findings from this research are published in Cancer Nursing, Journal of Religion and Health, The Gerontologist, and Nursing Research. Prior to her tenure at Emory School of Nursing, Dr. Hamilton held faculty positions at Johns Hopkins University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Throughout this report, Dr. Hamilton’s findings serve as an exemplary source to educate health professionals about spirituality as a coping strategy among African American women who are survivors of breast cancer and are at high risk for contracting the COVID-19 virus. Her content analysis of the narratives from 18 African American breast cancer survivors describes four different responses to the stress encountered during the pandemic. Her paper captures the spiritually informed strategies used to manage encounters with stressors among this at-risk population.