Geraldine Gorman, PhD, RN

  • Clinical Associate Professor

Before becoming a nurse, Dr. Gorman was a student of English literature. Central to her educational philosophy is the integration of the humanities into Nursing curriculum. Social justice and community service are at the core of Dr. Gorman's nursing practice and scholarship. Through her work with Emergency, an international NGO that provides medical care to war victims, she traveled to Afghanistan to provide trauma care with a special focus on palliative and end-of-life concerns. Imperative to her professional ethic is the belief that public health nursing has a professional mandate to promote peace and alternatives to war. She has worked with No More Deaths, an organization that provides humanitarian aid to individuals crossing the US border; annually, she leads a trip of CON student volunteers to Arizona for a week of service. Dr. Gorman’s practice as a hospice nurse exemplifies for her students interdisciplinary collaboration as well as service to the community.

Current Area of Teaching
  • NUEL 320, Death and Dying
  • NUPR 410, Integrated Health Care: Clinical Practice II
  • NUPR 420, Integrated Health Care: Clinical Synthesis
  • NURS 202, Concepts and Processes of Professional Nursing 
  • NURS 403, Cultural Fluency and Communication Skills
Selected Honors & Awards
  • CON Graduate Faculty Award of Excellence, 2014
  • Nuveen Award for International Development, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2007 and 2013
  • Daisy Foundation Faculty Award, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing, 2010
  • Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Recognition Award, Alpha Lambda chapter, 2009
  • Nurse Hero Award, the Chicago Chapter of the American Red Cross, 2009 (inaugural recipient)  
  • Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Nursing, 2003
Selected Publications

Wiist, W. H., Barker, K., Arya, N., Rohde, J., Donohoe, M., White, S., Lubens, P., Gorman, G., & Hagopian, A. (2014). The role of public health in the prevention of war: Rationale and competencies. American Journal of Public Health, 104(6), e34-e47.

Gorman, G. (2010). Forgiveness text. Qualitative Inquiry, 16(7), 585-587.

Gorman, G., Forest, J., Stapleton, S. J., Hoenig, N. A., Marschke, M., Durham, J., ... & Wilkie, D. J. (2008). Massage for cancer pain: A study with university and hospice collaboration. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, 10(4), 191.

Gorman, G. (2007). Are we ready yet? American Journal of Nursing, 107(1), 13.

Gorman, G. (2005). Gestation of compassion: Nursing education, Tonglen, and a little cello music. Nurse educator, 30(1), 1-3.

Gorman, G. (2005). What if nurses said no to the war? American Journal of Nursing, 105(1), 13.

Gorman, G. (2003). Desiderata. American Journal of Nursing, 103(7), 31.

Current Research

Integration of alternative therapies with hospice and palliative care.