Behrakis Health Science Center at Northeastern's Boston Campus

Lauren Spendley


Assistant Clinical Professor, Faculty Leader of the Direct-Entry MSN Program


Research Interests

Oncology, end-of-life care, advanced practice nursing roles, active learning strategies


Dr. Spendley graduated from University of New Hampshire in 2009 with a BSN and worked as an inpatient hematology-oncology nurse for four years before graduating from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with an MSN. She started working as an oncology adult nurse practitioner in 2013 and has since worked in inpatient hematology-oncology, stem cell transplant, outpatient hematology-oncology, CAR-T cell therapy, and breast oncology. She currently practices at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center with their inpatient hematology-oncology/stem cell transplant team once a week while teaching full-time in the School of Nursingundergraduate and graduate programs.

Selected Publications

Spendley, L., Stankard, K. “Verbal Case Reports for Adult Nurse Practitioner Students,” (JNE-2023-322R2, Syllabus Selection), has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Nursing Education.

McDermott, K., Spendley, L. (2019). Anti-CD19 CAR T-cell therapy for adult patients with refractory large B-cell
lymphoma. Journal of the Advanced Practitioner in Oncology, (10)3, 11-20.

Rubin, D.B., Danish, H.H., Ali, A.B., Li, K., LaRose, S., Monk, A. D., … Spendley, L., … Vaitkevicius, H. (2019).
Neurological toxicities associated with chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy. Brain: A Journal of Neurology, 142(5),

Ogba, N., Arwood, N.M., Bartlett, N.L., Bloom, M., Brown, P., Brown, C., …Spendley, L., … Rosen, S.T. (2018). NCCN
task force report: Chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy, Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.

Gurschick, L., Mayer, D. K., & Hanson, L. C. (2015). Palliative sedation: An analysis of international guidelines and
position statements. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, 32(6), 660–671.

Gurschick, L. (2013). Anxiety in patients with cancer. InPractice. Retrieved

Courses Taught

NRSG 3320: Nursing Care of Adults 1

NRSG 5220: Introduction to Research Methods in Healthcare

NRSG 2210: Influences on Health and Illness

NRSG 6450: Practicum 1 for AGNP program

NRSG 6451: Practicum 2 for AGNP program

NRSG 5118: Healthcare Systems and Professional Role Development