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In addition to being prepared as an Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner, this specialty certification further educates students to provide advanced practice hospice/palliative care. Hospice and Palliative Care Specialists serves patients, families, and caregivers during serious, progressive illnesses by providing holistic care that focuses on disease management, symptom relief, emotional distress, care transitions, and loss.

Graduates are prepared to become certified by ANCC or AACN in addition to Advanced Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse (ACHPCN) and obtain Nurse Practitioner Specialty Certification through the State of Michigan.

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Student Success, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care

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Fawn Watts

Fawn completed her BSN in 2012 from Madonna University and her MSN in the Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program in May 2015.  Fawn is currently in the Doctorate of Nursing Practice program at Madonna University. She served as an adjunct clinical instructor and achieved the Nurse Health Educator Certificate in May 2015. Fawn is the president of the Madonna University Chapter of the Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners. 

Student Success, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care

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Susanna Sirianni, DNP, ACNP-BC, ANP-BC

Sue returned to Madonna University to complete the Doctor of Nursing Practice along with a certificate in the Acute Care NP program. As an NP in the Surgical Intensive care unit and adjunct faculty, Sue felt compelled to further her education in order to provide the highest quality of care. Since completing her DNP and ACNP, Sue has become the lead NP at Sinai Grace Hospital.  She precepts NP students in her clinical practice, providing them an excellent learning environment.

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