Benjamin S. Roberts, M.S.N., R.N.
In the end, it all comes down to the people. The Division is full to the brim of a rare and special blend of scientific & clinical rigor plus authenticity & compassion.
I came to nursing after my grandfather’s death. I witnessed his health care team & and myself struggle to listen deeply to his wish to ‘go home’ rather than attempt to rehab back to health. I viewed nursing as a key avenue to help align medical care with patients’ own values, preferences, and beliefs. Once a nurse, I quickly discovered that Palliative Care makes these principles an explicit part of the clinicians’ mission. With colleagues, I developed, implemented, and studied the first end of life simulation at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, which remains a component of Masters students’ curriculum to this day. After this foray into palliative care education, I was privileged to meet the director of our program here, and have never looked back.
My wife is also a nurse – the best I’ve ever met. Her specialty is in Labor & Delivery. Outside of my work and family, music is my greatest passion. I’ve played drums since I was in my high-chair, and spent about six years playing jazz professionally in the New York area before coming to Baltimore to pursue nursing.
Wright, R & Roberts, B. Palliative Care in the Emergency Department. Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing. 2019 Feb 15: 652-659. 10.1093/med/9780190862374.003.0053. Roberts B, Wright SM, Dy SM, Wu DS. Narrative Approach to Goals of Care Discussions: Assessing the Use of the 3-Act Model in the Clinical Setting [published online ahead of print, 2020 Jun 26]. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2020;S0885-3924(20)30539-X.View publication
Roberts B, Wright SM, Christmas C, Robertson M, Wu DS. COVID-19 Pandemic Response: Development of an outpatient palliative care toolkit based on narrative communication. 2020, in press. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine. In press, 2020.View publication