Kay Sandor, PhD, RN, LPC, AHN-BC


I am a licensed professional counselor (LPC) and psychotherapist and a board certified advanced holistic nurse (AHN-BC). My specialty as a nurse psychotherapist is grief and loss and working with the actively dying. I have completed the End of Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC) training, a project funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to train faculty and practitioners in Palliative Care. I have also completed the End-of-Life Care Practitioner Program at the Metta Institute® where the focus is to become a compassionate presence at the bedside of dying persons. During this training I completed 150 clinical hours at the MD Anderson Palliative Care Unit and Hospice Care Team of Galveston County. Most recently, I completed an additional course called Being with Dying at the Upaya Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This program provides clinicians with essential tools for caring for the dying with presence and compassion while sustaining resilience and personal strength.

I am a retired Professor who taught nursing at the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB), School of Nursing at Galveston for over 20 years. I am also a former Associate Member of the Institute for the Medical Humanities at UTMB. My clinical and course responsibilities were primarily in the graduate nursing programs. I was also one of the course directors for an interprofessional Spirituality and Clinical Care course, which I assisted in developing and taught to medical, allied health, and nursing students for over 14 years. During the 2005-2006 academic year, I received a Fulbright Award to teach community and trans-cultural nursing in Hungary. As a second generation Hungarian-American, I understand and honor the influence of culture in personality and behavior. I continue to be interested in global and international heath. I also developed an interprofessional research elective entitled: Suffering: Cultural and Spiritual Perspectives. I am a member of the UTMB Academy of Master Teachers (2008) and was named a Distinguished Teaching Professor. I completed the UTMB Scholars in Education (2011) faculty development program and while in the Scholars Program I developed an innovative Behavioral and Mental Health course teaching graduate students Motivational Interviewing in Second Life®.

I earned my nursing diploma from Mt. Sinai Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Marquette University in Milwaukee and a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. I earned my Ph.D. in nursing from the University of Texas at Austin and completed my training in clinical psychology at the University of Houston at Clear Lake. In addition, I am a Benedictine Oblate with ties to the St. Scholastica Monastery in Boerne, Texas and Emmaus House in Charley Creek, Montana. I am also a Veriditas™ labyrinth facilitator; completing the basic and advanced training with Dr. Lauren Artress of Grace Cathedral, San Francisco and a board member of The Labyrinth Society. I have facilitated over a hundred labyrinth walks for hospital staff, students, and community members and use the walking meditation as a way to process grief.
  May 1969 Mt. Sinai Hospital, Diploma Nursing, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
May 1981 Marquette University, BSN Nursing, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
May 1985 University of Oklahoma, MS Nursing, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
May 1991 University of Texas at Austin, PhD Nursing, Austin, Texas
May 1996 University of Houston-Clear Lake, Houston, Texas; completed requirements for licensure in Clinical Psychology


American Holistic Nurses’ Certification Corporation, Advanced Holistic Nurse – Board Certified, (AHN-BC), Expiration March 2017

Veriditas Certified Labyrinth Facilitator, Veriditas – The World Wide Labyrinth Project, Rev. Dr. Lauren Artress, 2001

Certified Grief Recovery® Specialist, Grief Recovery® Institute, Sherman Oaks, California, January, 2008.

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