Pamela Cone, PhD, CNS, RN

Associate Professor
Phone: (626) 815-5466
Office Location: Building One, #357
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Dr. Pamela Cone has been a nurse for 43 years and a nurse educator for 25 years. She has taught courses in theory, research, international health, and writing with bachelors, masters and doctoral students at Azusa Pacific University and has served as an expert in grounded theory research for doctoral students since 2006. Her 2006 Ph.D. dissertation was reconnecting: A grounded theory study among formerly homeless mothers. A Fullbright Scholar in Norway in 2008-2009, Cone worked collaboratively with Norwegian nurse researcher, Dr. Tove Giske to develop several grounded theories from their spirituality research: Opening up to learning spiritual care, Journeying with students through maturation, and open journey theory. Cone and Giske have published five articled in peer-reviewed journals and given multiple presentations on their work in spirituality in 13 countries to date.Through an APU intramural research fellowship in 2014, Cone and Giske continued their spiritual domain research with nurses and patients in the medical-surgical hospital setting. They have published two papers on the nurse perspective, one qualitative, discerning the healing path, and one quantitative, The nurses perspective on spiritual assessment, with plans to continue to do research and to publish and present their work to nurses around the world.


  • PhD, Nursing, University of California, San Francisco
  • MS, Nursing, Azusa Pacific University, 1994
  • BSN, Alderson Broaddus University, 1974

Academic Area

  • School of Nursing
    • Graduate Programs


  • Grounded Theory Methodology
  • Nursing Education Research
  • Research Methods
  • Spiritual Care Research
  • Theory: nursing Theory and Education Theory

Courses Taught

  • GNRS 501 - Nursing Theory
  • GNRS 508A - Research and Theory in Advanced Practice Nursing
  • GNRS 597 - Comprehensive Examination
  • UNRS 282/P - Trans-cultural Health Haiti

Office Hours

Monday 3:00pm-5:00pm
Thursday 9:00am-12:00pm, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Additional appointments are available by request.

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