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Ellen Ben-Sefer, PhD, MN, BS, RN

Assistant Professor

School of Nursing and Dental Hygiene
University of Hawaii at Manoa
2528 McCarthy Mall, Webster Hall 403
Honolulu, HI 96822
Ph: 808-956-0987
Fax: 808-956-3257

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Dr. Ben-Sefer  was educated in the United States, Israel and Australia. In addition to clinical practice, she has teaching experience in the US, Israel and Australia. She has been a reviewer for the International Nursing Review, Online Journal of Nursing Issues, Nursing Education and Practice, Australian Journal of Child and Family Health Nursing.


Doctor of Philosophy, Macquarie University Sydney, Australia
Master of Nursing, Child and Family Health, University of Western Sydney, Australia
Bachelor of Science in Nursing, Boston University

Clinical Practice

Pediatrics, Community Health and Developmental Disability

Research Focus

Child and Family Health, History, Ethics, Public Health

Recent Publications

Ben-Sefer, E. & Shields, L. (2016) Courage under Adversity: Luba Bielicka-Blum (1906–1973) and the Nursing School of the Warsaw Ghetto.Health and History, 18, (2): 27—39.

Shields, L. Watson, R., Darbyshire, P., Mckenna, H., Williams, G., Hungerford, C., Stanley, D., Ben-Sefer, E., Benedict, S., Goodman, B., Draper, P., & Anderson, J. (2016). Nurse participation in legal executions. Nursing Ethics, First published date: December-16-2016

Ben-Sefer, E. & Sharon, D. (2014). From History to Memory: Using the “Euthanasia” Program to Teach Nursing Ethics. Nurses and Midwives in Nazi Germany: The “Euthanasia Programs.” Benedict & Shields, (Eds). Routledge: London

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