Congratulations to the Center for Nursing Philosophy’s newest Fellows! This is the fourth year the CNP put forth applications for fellows and related to the great strength and number of applications, we are proud to announce TWO fellows this year, Louie Jhon E. Lunaria and Teresa A. Graziano.

Teresa A. Graziano MS, RN, BMTCN

Ph.D. Candidate
University of Connecticut
School of Nursing

Teresa Graziano MS, RN, BMTCN (they/them/theirs) is a white, queer, nonbinary activist, antiracist, feminist, and abolitionist nursing scholar currently completing their Ph.D. in nursing at the University of Connecticut. Their master of science in nursing is from the University of Connecticut, and their prelicensure bachelor of science in nursing is from the University of Rhode Island. Teresa works as a hematology-oncology/blood and marrow transplant nurse and previously worked as a hospice nurse.

Their scholarly work focuses on the effects of gender and sex on health, particularly in transgender and gender-diverse individuals.
“Critical Hermeneutics and the Interrogation of Power Imbalances Resulting from the Nursing Lexicon,” will combine ordinary language philosophy, Critical Theory, and hermeneutics to closely examine nurses’ word choice to expose the underlying power structures reinforced (or, preferably, disrupted) by the dynamic nursing lexicon.

Louie Jhon E. Lunaria, MA, BSc (Hons), BSN, RNA, RNC
Research Degree Student (PhD Public Health and Policy), London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Charge Nurse, Paediatric Intensive Care Unit
Member, Sigma Theta Tau International Honour Society of Nursing, Alpha Alpha Phi Chapter

Louie is currently a PhD candidate at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and a Band 7 Charge Nurse at the paediatric intensive care unit of The Portland Hospital for Women and Children. Louie’s current research interests are in the theorisation of nursing work within the context of sociotechnical interactions in technologically advanced medical settings using posthuman and new materialist approaches, and in the use of grounded theory and abductive analysis techniques as research methods. For the duration of the fellowship, he intends to examine the sociotechnical, material-discursive and relational entanglements of the posthuman child within the spectrum of health, illness and recovery.

About the Center for Nursing Philosophy

The Center for Nursing Philosophy Fellowship program supports promising nursing PhD students or interested nursing faculty to pursue targeted scholarship in nursing philosophy. The fellowship is a 1-quarter (10 week) commitment for intensive mentored scholarship in the Center for Nursing Philosophy (either virtually or in person depending on context), followed by 2 additional 10-week quarters of virtual mentorship to support scholarship completion. The expectation is that the end of the Fellowship corresponds with submission of the completed scholarship as a manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed journal.