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Palliative Care Education

Palliative Care Education

Fuld Fellowship Program in Palliative Care

The Fuld Fellowship Program in Palliative Care was established in 2015 with generous gifts from the Fuld Trust. The goal of this program is to prepare nursing students to be leaders in improving quality of life for people with serious illnesses and their families by focused palliative care education, interdisciplinary practice, and research activities in their nursing curriculum. The program is led by co-directors, Shella Chawda, NP, and Debbie Gunter, FNP-BC, ACHPN, who are dedicated to nursing excellence in palliative care education and practice. 

Fuld Palliative Care Scholars

6th Cohort

Nicole Alexander

Nicole Alexander

Nicole is a second-degree AMSN student from San Francisco, California who will be graduating in December 2021. She comes to Emory having graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Psychology (with an emphasis in Biology). It was while caring for her terminally-ill grandparents that Nicole discovered her passion for nursing and specifically, palliative care nursing. To further her goals of becoming an Adult-Gerontology Nurse Practitioner, she obtained her Certified Nursing Assistant license and volunteered in rural South Africa. When her grandparents were eventually transferred to a skilled nursing facility, she saw firsthand the importance of engaging activities and meaningful relationships for those at the end of their lives. After graduating, Nicole began working at the same facility where her grandparents spent their final months. There, she was able to create new interactive programs for residents and their family members. In the future, Nicole hopes to work as a nurse practitioner and provide palliative care to chronically ill adults while prioritizing their emotional needs.

Bobby Antalek

Bobby Antalek

Bobby is a first year AMSN student from San Francisco, CA. He received his undergraduate degree in Exercise Biology from UC Davis then went on to complete a graduate degree in Physiology (with a concentration in Complementary and Alternative Medicine) from Georgetown University as well as a Masters of Public Health (with a concentration in Community Health Science) from UCLA. Bobby brings a unique combination of life and work experience to Emory. Prior to college, he lived in a rural Zen monastery located in Northern California, where he studied Buddhist philosophy and Zen (Chan) meditation for several years. He initially planned to work as a linguist and special agent for the FBI, but quickly discovered the joys of patient-care as he began working in various hospitals, such as Kaiser Permanente. He has worked for a variety of health organizations, including Kaiser, San Francisco Department of Public Health, National Institutes of Health, Georgetown University Lombardi Cancer Center, and University of California, San Francisco. His passion for exercise and public health also drove him to teach high school strength and conditioning and health education, which included topics such as nutrition, stress management, and screen time. More recently, he worked at the UCSF Airway Clinical Research Center, where he helped leading pulmonologists and researchers in discovering new treatments for lung diseases. While working at UCSF, he also helped care for his mother who suffered from renal failure and had been on dialysis for over 10 years before finally receiving a kidney transplant.

 

5th Cohort

Ashley Cohen

Ashley is an AMSN student from Leawood, Kansas who will be graduating in December 2020. Her interest in neurodegenerative disorders began in high school when her grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. To better understand his disease, she began volunteering at a local retirement home. On the final day that her grandfather was with her family, they were granted a hospice volunteer. Beginning the grief process with this complete stranger was one of the most comforting moments she had ever experienced. She made us realize that with a terminal illness, it is a blessing to allow someone to pass. After this experience with hospice, she knew she wanted her career to be focused on geriatric patients and to be involved in the palliative care community. She majored in neuroscience at Indiana University-- and completed research domestically and internationally. Research showed her that healthcare professionals have a vital role in moving the advances of bench research into the realm of their treatment. She volunteered with the Indiana University Health Hospice and realized that her passion was to follow the nursing model. By pursuing a nursing career, she has the ability to give more one-on-one time to patients who need advocates and providers to help them by providing holistic care with many different complex illnesses.

Calla Michalak

 

Calla is a second-degree AMSN student from Memphis, Tennessee who will be graduating in December 2020. She came to Emory two weeks after graduating from Michigan State University with a degree in Psychology and minors in Bioethics & Health Promotion. She had chosen healthcare early on in her college career and, as she learned more about the study of nursing, chose it for its holistic and patient-centered approach to care. During her years at Michigan State, she served as a member of the Student Health Advisory Council and worked with the health promotion department to advocate for and address student needs. She also spent her summers working in medically underserved communities both domestically and abroad in Riobamba, Ecuador and Hyden, Kentucky. Those experienced confirmed her desire to work with and in communities that are typically underserved to promote health across the lifespan.

 

4th Cohort

Haley Lynn

 

Haley is a second-degree AMSN student from New Jersey. She will graduate from Emory in December 2019. She came to Emory School of Nursing after graduating with a degree in Public Health from American University in Washington, DC. After graduating college, Haley worked at a cancer institute within Boston, Massachusetts for two and a half years. She became familiar with the world of oncology and the unfortunate impacts it has on patients, and the people close to them. Haley enjoys building relationships with patients and admires the holistic care nurses provide. Haley hopes to gain nursing and palliative care skills to offer comfort and aid to patients and families affected by chronic and terminal disease.

Hannah Spero

 

Hannah is a second-degree AMSN student from San Francisco, California, who will graduate December 2019. She comes to Emory having graduated from UCLA with a degree in International Development Studies and minors in Public Health and African Studies. Hannah has always wanted to make a career out of helping others, and she decided to pursue nursing after interning at a maternal health center in Accra, Ghana, while studying abroad. She loves the personal, hands-on care for others that permeates the nursing profession. After college, she discovered her passion for geriatrics and palliative care through her work as a CNA at the San Francisco VA Medical Center; this is also where she decided to focus her career on homeless and housing-insecure populations. In the future, Hannah hopes to work as a nurse practitioner to provide primary and palliative care to chronically and seriously ill, homeless/housing-insecure adults. In addition, she plans to be a part of health policy advocacy for this vulnerable population.

 

3rd Cohort - Graduated December 2018

Rachel Behrend

Rachel Behrend 

Rachel is a second-degree AMSN student from Bethesda Maryland who will be graduating in December 2018. She comes to Emory having graduated from Bryn Mawr College with a degree in biology. Rachel loves the combination of professionalism and intimacy that characterizes the nursing profession, the lifelong opportunities for intellectual stimulation and growth, and the undeniable chance that nursing will provide to make a positive impact. She has a longstanding interest in movement, pain, and rehabilitation, originally through the lens of basic neuroscience research, which she pursued prior to beginning the AMSN program at Emory. She is now most interested in helping patients with long-term illnesses and chronic pain through rehabilitative methods and palliative care. Rachel hopes to work in a setting that will allow her to provide rehabilitation to those suffering with long-term illnesses who wish to return to their daily activities. She hopes to start her career in a clinic that affords her the time and resources to pursue this, and one day perhaps have her own practice where this will be a primary emphasis.

Emily Buzhardt

Emily Buzhardt 

Emily is a second-degree AMSN student from Nashville Tennessee who will be graduating in May 2019. She comes to Emory School of Nursing having graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a degree in biology. Emily chose nursing due to its patient-focused nature and its holistic model of care, that nurses view the patient as being more than his or her disease. Out of all health care providers, nurses spend the most time with patients. She wants to form relationships with her patients and support them in times of need. On her journey to Emory, Emily worked as a triage and medical assistant and decided that she wanted to pursue a career in oncology because she loved the patients that she worked with as a medical assistant. 

 

2nd Cohort - Graduated December 2017

Maggie Carrillo

Maggie Carrillo

 

1st Cohort - Graduated December 2016

Andrea Brubaker

Andrea Brubaker

Phillip Dillard

Phillip Dillard

Allysa Rueschenberg 

Allysa Rueschenberg

 

For more information about this program visit the Fuld Palliative Care Scholarsip Page

Certification and Continuing Education Programs

Partnering with the Nursing Continuing Education Center, the Center for Nursing Excellence in Palliative Care identifies the needs of professional development in palliative care and developing innovative and high quality continuing education programs to meet those needs, which ultimately can improve palliative care quality.

In addition to the successful wound, ostomy, and continence nursing education program, care coordination and pain management CE programs will be launched in the near future. Also a new initiative, evidence-based advance care planning summer institute, is underway.

Fuld Visiting Scholar Program

Annually, the Center invites an eminent scholar in the fields of palliative care to inspire faculty, students, and local healthcare communities with a vision of excellence in palliative care education, practice, and research.