Clayton Clark


  • Assistant Teaching Professor

Faculty Mentoring Status / Research & Teaching Emphasis Areas

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Dr. Clayton Clark received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN, 2008), a Master of Science in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN, 2012), and a Graduate Certificate in Health Ethics (2015) from the University of Missouri. He earned a PhD in Nursing from the University of Missouri – Kansas City in 2021.

Clayton has experience in medical-surgical, mental health, and nursing ethics specialties. He serves as the Associate Director for MU Center for Health Ethics and practices as a clinical ethics consultant. He also works as part of MU’s Continuing Education for Health Professions Team. His research interests focus on spiritual coping for both patients and caregivers during chronic, life-threatening, and terminal cardiac illnesses.

  • Sigma Theta Tau, Alpha Iota Chapter, Project Title: A Narrative Analysis of Spiritual Coping in Individuals with Terminal Heart Failure
  • Clark, C. C. and Hunter, J. (2019). Spirituality, spiritual wellbeing, and spiritual coping in advanced heart failure: Review of literature. Journal of Holistic Nursing, 37(1), 56-73. doi:10.1177/0898010118761401
  • Clark, C. C. (n.d.). Ethical Concepts. In J. J. Hoffman & N. J. Sullivan DNP (Eds.), Davis advantage for medical-surgical nursing: Making connections to practice (3rd ed.). F.A. Davis.
  • The Ethics of Isolation: Narratives of Disconnection by Chronically Ill Persons During COVID-19: 2023 Carfang Healthcare and Nursing Ethics Conference
  • Coping in Chronic Illness: Health Humanities and Arts Research Collaborative (HHARC) Seed Grant” Online
  • Spiritual Coping in Advanced Heart Failure: Preliminary Results, Sigma Theta Tau, Alpha Iota Chapter Fall Meeting
  • Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Pain: A Scoping Review and Proposed Model, Midwest Nursing Research Society 44th Annual Research Conference, Virtual
  • Ethics Simulation as a Disorienting Dilemma, 2020 Carol Carfang Nursing and Healthcare Ethics Conference, Clearwater, FL
  • Tribalism, Health Care, Communication, and Ethics, 15th Annual Health Ethics Conference, Columbia, MO
  • Successful Online Problem-Based Learning (a.k.a. “We Caught a Unicorn!”)”, Focus on Teaching with Technology Conference, St. Louis, MO
  • A concept analysis study to distinguish spiritual coping, MNRS 43rd Annual Research Conference, Kansas City, MO
  • Ethical Simulation as a Disorienting Dilemma, 23rd Annual Midwest Regional Nurse Educator’s Conference, Columbia, MO