Kimberlee Grier, (PhD '24)
Kimberlee Grier, BSN, RN, CHPN, CHPPN is a PhD Nursing graduate student at Duke University. Kimberlee has worked as a Clinical Instructor at the Duke School of Nursing, as a Clinical Care Manager at Pediatric Services of America, and as a RN Case Manager at Transitions LifeCare. She has worked with both chronically ill adults and children, finding her passion in pediatric hospice and palliative care, specifically community-based care. She is dually nationally certified as a Certified Hospice and Palliative Pediatric Nurse and a Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse. Her interest in health policy is rooted in her passion of advocating for vulnerable pediatric populations, both in foster care and palliative care. In line with her desire to help vulnerable populations, Kim has been a foster parent in Durham since 2017. She is a co-founder and co-chair of Fostering Families, a non-profit organization that advocates for meaningful system change and strives to empower foster parents and their families. She is also a Family Council Member for NC Integrated Care for Kids. In her clinical work as a pediatric palliative and hospice nurse, she became cognizant of the significant policy and practice gaps as well as the lack of goals of care discussion and access to community-based pediatric palliative and hospice. As a nurse researcher, she plans to integrate her pediatric palliative care access aspirations with health policy so vulnerable and underserved families can also benefit from pediatric palliative care and high-quality goals of care conversations. As a Margolis Scholar, Kimberlee believes that learning and engaging with multidisciplinary advisors and policy colleagues would be an invaluable opportunity to expand her skills and widen her understanding of policy development and implementation.