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James C Pace


Senior Associate Dean, Academic Programs
Clinical Professor

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433 First Avenue
Room 610
New York, NY 10010
United States

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Professional overview

Dr. Pace is the Senior Associate Dean for Academic Programs at the New York University Rory Meyers College of Nursing holding the rank of Clinical Professor. Dr. Pace is a board certified adult nurse practitioner and a Fellow in both the American Association of Nurse Practitioners and the American Academy of Nursing. His extensive teaching experience spans three decades; he has taught previously at three Schools of Nursing: the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Emory, and Vanderbilt Universities. Prior to joining NYU Meyers, Dr. Pace was the Director of the Adult Nurse Practitioner/Palliative Care Program at Vanderbilt University. Dr. Pace has held various Nurse Faculty Practice appointments to include working as a nurse practitioner at the Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center, as well as Evening Chaplain at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Pace's scholarly interests and activities lie in the areas of spirituality/religion and health, palliative/hospice care, and HIV/AIDS and spirituality. Dr. Pace is also an Episcopal priest who serves the Diocese of New York as an assisting priest at The Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Times Square.


Post-Master's Adult Nurse Practitioner(1995) - Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
MDiv(1988) - Vanderbilt University Divinity School
Certificate, Anglican Studies Program(1988) - The School of Theology The University of the South Sewanee
PhD(1986)- University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing
MSN(1981) - Vanderbilt University School of Nursing
BSN(1978) - Florida State University School of Nursing
Natural Sciences(1976) - St. Petersburg Junior College
BA(1976) - University of South Sewanee
AA(1974) - Manatee Junior College

Honors and awards

Fellow, New York Academy of Medicine. New York, New York (2016)
Hospice and Palliative Nursing Foundation (HPNF) Resolution of Recognition "for Distinguished Service to HPNF." Pittsburgh, PA (2015)
Selected for inclusion in Who's Who in Health Sciences Higher Education (WWHSHE) (2014)
Inducted as Fellow, American Academy of Nursing (FAAN). Washington, DC (2013)
NYUCN Faculty Superlative Award: "Most Likely to Turn Your Day Around" (2011)
Elected as one of the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Nursing's 60 Visionary Leaders in honor of UABSON's 60th year (2010)
"100 Years: 100 Leaders." Selected as one of the 100 Outstanding Alumni and Faculty, 100th Anniversary Centennial Celebration, The Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (2008)
Vanderbilt University School of Nursing Outstanding Faculty Award (2008)
ACE Project Award Recipient (Advocating for Clinical Excellence in Trans-disciplinary Palliative Care Education). The National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the City of Hope Medical Center (2007)
The Julia Hereford Award for Outstanding Contributions to Student-Faculty Relations Outside the Classroom, Vanderbilt University School of Nursing (2006)
Elected Fellow, American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP) (2005)
Graduate Faculty National Award for Excellent Teacher of the Year. End of Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC), City of Hope and The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) (2005)
Sara K. Archer Award for Outstanding Contributions in Teaching, Scholarliness, and Faculty Student Relations, Vanderbilt School of Nursing (2004)
Great Teachers Lecture Series Award, chosen by the Academic Community at Emory University School of Nursing for academic year 1999-2000 (1999)
"Health Care Hero Award," chosen by The Atlanta Business Chronicle (1999)
Third Annual David Jowers' Lectureship in AIDS and Infectious Diseases at Emory University: "HIV/AIDS and the Spiritual" (1999)
Outstanding Service Award, American Cancer Society, National Office, Atlanta, Georgia (1997)
Sara K. Archer Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching at the Graduate Level, Vanderbilt University (1993)


Infectious disease
Primary care
Adult health
Palliative care

Professional membership

American Association of Nurse Practitioners
American Nurses Association/Tennessee Nurses Association
Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA)
Middle Tennessee Chapter of the Oncology Nursing Society
National League for Nursing
Oncology Nursing Society
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing



Postconference nursing rounds

Lim, F., & Pace, J. (2014). In Innovations in Nursing Education: Building the Future of Nursing: An integrative approach to promoting salience in clinical education (Vol. 2, pp. 91-96). Wolters Kluwer Health Adis (ESP).

A Response to the Editorial "Move Over Nurses: There's a New Professional on the Block."

Pace, J. (2014). Nursing Science Quarterly, 27(2), 183. 10.1177/0894318414522657

Community discussions: A vision for cutting the costs of end-of-life care

Wholihan, D., & Pace, J. (2012). Nursing Economic$, 30(3).
Palliative care involvement with patients with advanced disease has demonstrated significant cost savings at end of life (EOL). These financial benefits are largely due to improved EOL decision making. Assisting patients and families to examine their values and determine their preferences makes it possible to match patient goals with appropriate care. Often, comfort-oriented care is favored, avoiding the costs of medically aggressive, often futile, technology-driven interventions. Community-based EOL care discussions would demonstrate increased cost reductions while facilitating significant patient and family satisfaction with care.

The evolution of palliative care nursing education

Pace, J., & Lunsford, B. (2011). Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, 13(6). 10.1097/NJH.0b013e31822ff0da
The art and science of the palliative care nursing specialty evolved from time-tested, holistic care practices and key historical events that enhanced awareness of the need for improving care of the dying. Currently, the palliative care team can make significant contributions to patients and families who are facing the final stages of life or other stressful life events that may be mitigated by palliative care interventions. This article traces the trends, precedents, and leadership that have influenced the development of palliative care nursing education. Standards of care, curriculum innovations, and clinical practice guidelines have facilitated the development of high-quality curricula. The article emphasizes the importance of advanced practice and scholarly education to ensure high-quality and evidence-based care for individuals, families, and communities who face significant challenges and suffering related to serious, often chronic, illnesses and end-of-life issues.

Factors associated with adherence to antiretroviral therapy

Holstad, M. K. M., Pace, J., De, A. K., & Ura, D. R. (2006). The Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care : JANAC, 17(2), 4-15. 10.1016/j.jana.2006.01.002
The purpose of this study was to examine the relationship of sociodemographic characteristics, patient perceptions, and patient characteristics including spirituality, self-reported adherence, and highly active antiretroviral therapy. The convenience sample consisted of 120 English-speaking adults (60% male, 35% female, 5% transgendered) with HIV/AIDS from two HIV service agencies in a large metropolitan city in the southeastern United States. The mean self-reported adherence was 83.1% (SD = 15.7%). Adherence was significantly correlated with perceived support and absence of barriers, strong intentions to adhere, perceived effectiveness of the medications, higher levels of perceived general health, fewer years of HIV disease, and fewer years on antiretroviral medications. Existential well-being (e.g., viewing life as positive and having meaning) was a weak significant correlate. Backward regression analysis was conducted to identify a parsimonious model of predictors of adherence. The final model included presence of support and absence of barriers, fewer years of HIV infection, no current alcohol use, perceived severity of HIV, existential well-being, and male gender. This model explained 19.4% of the variance in adherence (observed F[6, 100] = 5.6, p <.0001).

Correlates of spiritual well-being in terminally III persons with AIDS and terminally III persons with cancer

Pace, J. (1997). The Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care : JANAC, 8(6), 31-42.
In an effort to determine If terminally ill patients with AIDS had greater religious and spiritual care needs than other terminally ill patient populations, particularly those with cancer, a study was conducted in a community-based hospice in the southeast. The purpose of the study was to compare the perceptions of spiritual well-being, loneliness, social support, health hardiness, pain, and functional status among terminally ill clients with cancer and terminally ill clients with AIDS in a hospice setting and to examine predictors of spiritual well-being in a hospice population. A sample of 55 hospice patients completed the Correlates of Spiritual Well-Being Scale (COSWEB), which includes a demographic data sheet and instruments to measure spiritual well-being, loneliness, health hardiness, social support, functional status, and pain. Patients with AIDS reported significantly lower spiritual well-being than did patients with cancer and other chronic, terminal illnesses. Patients with AIDS also reported significantly greater loneliness than other patient populations. The number of social supports for patients with AIDS was significantly lower than for cancer patients and other groups; moreover, patients with AIDS were significantly more dissatisfied with their supports than other patient groups. The best predictors of spiritual well-being in this study were social support and loneliness, which explained 47% of the variance in spiritual well-being. The results of this study suggest differences between specific groups of hospice patients. Patients with AIDS may be less spiritually well than other terminally ill patient populations due to decreased support systems, dissatisfaction with supports, greater feelings of loneliness, younger ages on entry to hospice, fewer family supports, lack of recognized long-term relationships, and related issues such as homophobia, perceived rejection by religious denominations, unstable living environments, economic disadvantages, and less time to process life events/meaning. Findings in this study and similar future studies can better enable health care providers to allocate time and resources to various terminally ill patient populations to achieve higher quality care outcomes in general and greater spiritual well-being in particular.

The phantom leaf effect and its implications for near-death and out-of-body experiences

Pace, J., & Drumm, D. L. (1992). Journal of Near-Death Studies, 10(4), 233-240. 10.1007/BF01074166
The phantom leaf effect seen in Kirlian photography may help researchers better understand near-death and out-of-body experience. While the process responsible for the phantom leaf effect is unknown, variations of Rupert Sheldrake's morphogenetic field theory offer three explanations for this phenomenon. Each of these variations has different implications for near-death and out-of-body experiences.

An advocacy model for health care professionals

Pace, J. (1985). Family and Community Health, 7(4), 77-87.

Orem's self-care theory of nursing: practical application to the end stage renal disease (ESRD) patient.

Greenfield, E., & Pace, J. (1985). Journal of Nephrology Nursing, 2(4), 187-193.