Professional Experience

Instructor of Clinical Nursing,
University of Rochester School of Nursing (Adult Medical/Surgical), Rochester, NY, US. 5/2012 - Current

Adjunct Faculty,
Genesee Community College (Geriatrics), NY, US. 8/2011 - 12/2012

Palliative Care and Hospice Nurse,
Lifetime Care (Home Health Hospice and Palliative Care), Rochester, NY, US. 6/2011 - 10/2012

Adjunct Faculty - Clinical Instructor,
Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES (Medication Administration), Rochester, NY, US. 5/2011 - 8/2011

Staff Nurse,
Strong Memorial Hospital (Cardiac step-down, electrophysiology), Rochester, NY, US. 3/2003 - 12/2006


Distinguished Future Educator Award
Roberts Wesleyan College, 2012

Academic Achievement Award
Roberts Wesleyan College, 2010

Strong Star
Strong Memorial Hospital, 2006

Excellence in Nursing
Monroe Community College, 2002

Merit Award for Service Above and Beyond
Perinton Ambulance Corps, 2000

Outstanding Adult Student Award
Community College of the Finger Lakes, 1990


Baby Loss
Grief Scape, Lifetime Care, 2007
Rochester, New York

Health Benefits of Reiki
Unity Hospital's Heart Healthy Fair for Families, Unity Health, 2006
Rochester, New York


  • Gramling, R., Stanek, S., Han, P. K., Duberstein, P., Quill, T. E., Temel, J. S., . . . Norton, S. A. (2018). Distress due to prognostic uncertainty in palliative care: Frequency, distribution, and outcomes among hospitalized patients with advanced cancer.. Journal of Palliative Medicine, 21 (3), 315-321. DOI: 10.1089/jpm.2017.0285

  • Norton, S. A., Wittink, M. N., Duberstein, P. R., Prigerson, H. G., Stanek, S., & Epstein, R. M. (2018). Family caregiver descriptions of stopping chemotherapy and end-of-life transitions. Journal of Supportive Care in Cancer. DOI: doi: 10.1007/s00520-018-4365-0

  • Stanek, S. (2017). Goals of care: A concept clarification. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 73 (6), 1302-1314. DOI: 10.1111/jan.13243

  • Gramling, R., Stanek, S., Ladwig, S., Gajary-Coots, E., Cimino, J., Anderson, W., Norton, S., & the AAHPM Research Committee Writing Group (2016). Feeling heard and understood: A patient-reported quality measure for the inpatient care setting.. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, 51, 150-154. DOI: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2015.018

  • Gramling, R., Gajary-Coots, E., Stanek, S., Dougoud, N., Pyke, H., Thomas, M., . . . Norton, S. (2015). Design of, and enrollment in, the palliative care communication research initiative: A direct-observation cohort study.. BMC Palliative Care, 14 (1). DOI: 10.1186/s12904-015-0037-8